It was announced Monday that Toyota Speedway(Irwindale Raceway) was killing the 2012 racing season. Many people who race and have raced at Irwindale Speedway also race at Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing. In speaking with Mike Johnson one of the longtime Late Model Racers who has won many races over the past 14 years say’s “I love racing and Irwindale has been great!” ” I hope someone see’s the real value of the track and pick’s up ownership quickly, A late Season start is better than no season at all.” “On top of that, I have a great racecar!” Johnson feels if under the right ownership the Speedway could make a ton of money and continue to promote racing in Southern California. Fast Lap has had just about every racer who has raced at the famed Irwindale Raceway. By the way Johnson held the record laptime at Fast Lap here in Mira Loma/Los Angeles. Here’s the article from ESPN:
By Tim Haddock
Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com
Irwindale Speedway management has canceled the 2012 racing season at the track, it was announced in a brief statement Monday. Irwindale Speedway has been hit with a number of setbacks over the past few months that all pointed to its closing. The grandstands in the pit area of the track were taken down on Saturday. The offices at the track, including vice president and general manager Bob DeFazio’s, were cleaned out and emptied on to moving trucks. Only L.A. Racing Experience, a driving school at the track, remain. The canceling of the racing season at Irwindale Speedway marks the end of stock car and NASCAR-sanctioned short track racing in Los Angeles County. Drivers, employees and NASCAR were expecting that Irwindale Speedway was going to cancel its racing program, but some were hoping for better news. “We are waiting for an announcement from the track,” said Jason Christley, NASCAR senior manager of communications for regional and touring series. “We’re hopeful. It’s a great track. They have great competitors. Unfortunately, in the short track industry, there are a lot of variables that are out of our control.” Telephone messages left for DeFazio were not returned. Jim Cohan, the president and CEO of L.A. Racing Experience at Irwindale Speedway, said the canceling of the racing season will have no effect on his driving school. “It doesn’t,” Cohan said. “We look forward to working with the next owner for sure. I do not see racing finished here. I see too many people that love the sport.” There is no question the track has fallen on hard times. Car counts are down and sponsorship for teams and the track has been hard to find. The biggest blow came when Toyota decided not to continue as the title sponsor of the track at the end of the 2011 season. The track has hosted NASCAR late model races in addition to K&N Pro Series races, USAC Midget and Sprint Car races, Legends Cars and a variety of stock car and truck touring leagues since it opened 14 years ago. Toyota Speedway attracted top drivers from across the country from its opening season in 1999.
Kurt Busch won a NASCAR Elite Division Southwest Tour race at the track in its opening season. Joey Logano won two NASCAR All-Star Showdown races at the track during his rise to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.Kasey Kahne brought his USAC Midgets to the track for the Turkey Night Grand Prix. Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart regularly raced his USAC teams at Irwindale. Those were the good times. Things took a turn for the worst starting in August. The first blow came when the NASCAR All-Star Showdown, a nationally televised event scheduled for January and run annually at Irwindale since 2003, was cancelled at the track over the summer. The two-day event included a NASCAR K&N Pro Series race pitting the top teams and drivers from the West and East Series. A few weeks later, the race track in Irwindale lost its title sponsorship when Toyota decided to end its partnership. When the K&N Pro Series West schedule came out in December, Irwindale was not on it for the first time since 1999, when the track opened. The track cut the season short by two weeks last year and cancelled the awards banquet honoring the track champions. With the cancelling of the racing season at Irwindale, there are no NASCAR-sanctioned tracks operating in Southern California. Ventura Raceway and Perris Auto Speedway are dirt tracks that host mostly USAC and open-wheel races. The Orange Show in San Bernardino shut down over the summer. Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield is expected to open at the end of the summer and will have NASCAR Late Model and Elite Tour cars, the National Speed Sport News reported.
Fast Lap provides the most authentic kart racing in Los Angeles, Ontario, Corona, Inland Empire and Las Vegas! Real Gas Powered Honda-Sodi Race Karts. Ready to race, come try Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing!
“I want to go fast,” that famous line by Will Ferrell’s character in Talladega Nights about racing cars rings true when you step foot inside Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing
Las Vegas. Sign up, go through a safety course and then slide into your Kart for a fast and furious race.
You’ll experience the feel of real racing at Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing Las Vegas as your Karts were inspired by the 2006 CIK Outdoor World Champions Sodi-Kart and are equipped with Honda 200cc engines which can reach speeds up to 50 mph. Plus since you are driving a Kart with a gas powered Honda engine, you never experience a loss of power as you whip around the track at high speeds.
The track which is 20 feet wide and 1200 feet in length was designed by IKF Racers (REAL KART RACERS) providing ample room for great racing and passing. Best of all, the team at Fast Lap let you race, no turning down the power or slowing your kart remotely! Rubbing is racing!
Races last approximately ten minutes and cover about 17-21 laps. And a little insider intel, you’ll want to race two or three times when you go. Treat the first race more like a getting acclimated to the Kart and then turn it on and take down your friends because “if you ain’t first, you’re last!”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdmTz-djNsA&feature=player_embedded
Fast Lap and most authentic race place in Las Vegas and Sunny Southern California! Now in Las Vegas we offer you some incredible extreme combination packages, all arrainged by Fast Lap for your convienence! Below are our most popular extreme events! All group deals are for 6 to 12 participants, we can make special arraingements for much larger groups!
“Race and Shoot” $220 per person – Pick-up and drop-off at your strip Hotel, Mini Grand Prix at Fast Lap, Practice race, Qualifying session, Championship race for Fast Lap Trophy. Transporation to the range where you shoot 3 magazines in a machine gun like the UZI or Tommy Gun followed by a hand gun competition for a Hat ot T-Shirt!
- Fast Lap Las Vegas is just 3 blocks from the “Strip”! Walk west on Harmon from Las Vegas Blvd 2 blocks to Polaris, turn right and head north one block and your there!
- Fast Lap Los Angeles/Mira Loma is located where the I-15 and 60 freeways meet! Just minutes from Ontario International Airport, Corona, and Rancho Cucamonga. Just 35 minutes from Downtown Los Angeles, Anaheim and legendary Southern California spots like Disneyland, Dodger and Angel Stadiums. If your looking for the most authentic racing open to the general public, look no further. Real Honda gas powered Sodi-Kart race Karts, all safety equipment and the best racing on our REAL 1/4 indoor road course. Let’s Race!
When NASCAR rolls into Las Vegas it brings in over 150,000 spectators. NASCAR week has become one of the busiest weeks here in Las Vegas(You would think NASCAR would give Las Vegas a race date week for sure!) And of course it brings in many folks that love to race which makes Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing the place to be! For the past 9 years Fast Lap has provided the most authentic racing available to the general public in our HONDA GAS powered Sodi race karts. This week March 5th through the 11 has been our busiest week of the year since we opened. Don’t be surprised if you see one of NASCARS great’s taking a spin on our 9 turn 1/4 mile road course. In the past just about every NASCAR driver in the cup series has sat and raced in our karts. So when you have time and you have the need for speed come down to Fast Lap Las Vegas, we are 3 blocks from the new Aria and Cosmopolitan Hotels, really just a 8 minute walk. If you have a group of 6 or more, give us a call and make a reservation. If you follow NASCAR to California Speedway in Los Angeles the weekend of March 23 rd stop by our track in Mira Loma/Los Angeles just 5 minutes from Ontario, the airport, Fontana and Corona!
If your looking for the “Real Racing Experience” You have to visit Fast Lap Indoor Go-kart Racing! Here’s the Vegas NASCAR Schedule:
Tickets for the NASCAR Weekend are on sale at www.lvms.com or by calling (800) 644-4444. Neon Garage passes, Lucky 7 preferred parking and driver introduction passes also are available.
Wednesday, March 7 – Dirt Track – West Coast Late Models and IMCA Modifieds
4:30 p.m. – Dirt Track spectator gates open.
4:30-5:15 p.m. – Dirt Track driver autograph session.
7:05 p.m. – Dirt Track races begin.
Thursday, March 8 – Dirt Track – World of Outlaws Series, 360 Sprint Cars
4:30 p.m. – Dirt Track spectator gates open.
4:30 p.m.-5:15 p.m. – Dirt Track driver autograph session.
6 p.m. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series hauler parade on Las Vegas Blvd.
6 p.m. – Dirt Track qualifying begins.
7 p.m. – Dirt Track races begin.
Friday, March 9 – Stratosphere Pole Day
10 a.m. – Ticket Gates, Neon Garage and suites open.
10:30-11:50 a.m. – Sam’s Town 300 practice.
Noon-1:30 p.m. – Kobalt Tools 400 practice.
2-3:30 p.m. – Final Sam’s Town 300 practice.
3:40 p.m. – Kobalt Tools 400 Stratosphere Pole Day qualifying (two laps, all positions).
5:30 p.m. – Neon Garage closed.
Saturday, March 10 – Sam’s Town 300 – Ticket gates open at 9 a.m.
9-10:25 a.m. – Kobalt Tools 400 practice.
10:35 a.m. – Sam’s Town 300 qualifying (two laps, all positions).
12:20-1:20 p.m. – Final Kobalt Tools 400 practice.
1:30 p.m. – Sam’s Town 300 driver introductions.
2 p.m. – NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam’s Town 300 (200 laps, 300 miles).
5 p.m. – Speedway Children’s Charities driver auction (Midway).
5-7:30 p.m. – Richard Petty Driving Experience rides.
6 p.m. – Neon Garage closed.
Sunday, March 11 – Kobalt Tools 400 – Ticket gates open at 7 a.m.
7 a.m. – Ticket gates, neon garage and suites open.
8:30-9:30 a.m. – Speedway Children’s Charities track walk.
9 a.m. – Track services meeting (driving school garage).
10 a.m. – Kobalt Tools 400 driver and crew chief meeting (Neon Garage, weather permitting).
11:30 a.m. – Kobalt Tools 400 driver introductions.
Noon – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 (267 laps, 400.5 miles).
3:30 p.m. (time approximate) – U.S. Legend Cars International racing on infield oval.
5 p.m. – Neon Garage closed.
That’s right! Get more seat time on the track at Fast Lap Karting. Not only do you get the Real Racing experience at the best price, you also get more time on the track! While the average Indoor Karting Facility’s give you 12-14 laps for a total of 6 to 8 minutes of actual racing FastLap gives you 10 minutes of actual track time(seat time) between 16-21 laps on the weekends and 12 minutes of racing on weekdays for about 18 to 26 laps depending on which track and how fast you can get around the track. At both our locations each lap is a REAL 1/4 mile! So when your looking for the most authentic racing at the best price, look no further than Fast Lap Indoor Go-Kart Racing!
Sign-up for the Fast Lap newsletter below and get special deals every month on racing here at Fast Lap Las Vegas and Fast Lap Los Angeles/Mira Loma. Fast Lap provides the real racing experience with Honda gas powered Sodi race karts. Light with the engine centered in the middle of the kart along with the driver for incredible handling Come race our 200cc race karts that can achieve 50 mph. Thinking about safety? Fast Lap provides you with the best safety equipment available. Fast Lap is also inspected 3 times a year, twice by govermental agency’s and once by a third party engineering company. Concerned about gas powered karts inside our 50,000 sq.ft. building? Don’t be, Fast Lap has a state of the art air circulation system that turns the air every 4 to 5 minutes, much like that of an underground parking garage. In addition, Fast Lap Karting has monitors throughout our building which would set off sirens and strob lights as well as notify the local fire authorities should such an emergency occur. The monitors are set to go off in conditions that are so low, people could work for 8 hours with no ill effects. I am proud to say in 9 years of operating in Las Vegas and 5 years of operating in Ontario/Corona/Mira Loma they have only sounded while testing. So come race at the real race place where you safety is our #1 concern, then providing you with the Real Racing Experience at the very best price!
Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing has long been known to be the favorite and most authentic race place in Las Vegas and Sunny Southern California! Now in Las Vegas we offer you some incredible extreme combination packages, all arrainged by Fast Lap for your convienence! Fast Lap can put together a killer event from 6 to 600 all starting with Indoor Kart Racing. Below are our most popular extreme events! All group deals are for 6 to 12 participants, we can make special arraingements for much larger groups!
“Race and Shoot” $240 per person
- Pick-up from your strip Hotel
- Mini Grand Prix at Fast Lap– Practice race, Qualifying session, Championship race for Fast Lap Trophy
- Transporation to the GUN range
- Shoot 3 magazines of live ammunition in a machine gun, like an UZI or TOMMY GUN.
- Hand gun competition for a GUN range hat or T-Shirt!
- Transportation back to your hotel
This is great for 6 to 12 participants, Fast Lap and the range can accomidate larger groups call for additional information. Let’s Race!
Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing has been providing incredibly exciting racing corporate events for the past 9 years in Las Vegas and the Los Angeles area of Southern California! Fast Lap Indoor Go Karting has held small party’s for groups as small as 6 participants to large corporations with as many as 125 participants. Fortune 500 company’s like Google, Microsoft, Ford and Wells Fargo Bank, Medium sized companies like In-N Out and Trader Joes. If your looking for a corporate team building event Fast Lap is the place! Here’s an example for a group of 40 racers:
sandwiches) or just order in pizzas. I have attached there menu’s. As of today the date you are requesting is available.
slowest and filling the rest in. We then give each team a few minutes to plan for our 40 minute endurance race with pit stops and driver changes… first team to cross the finish line when time runs out wins. Winning team gets Fast Lap
Medallions. Everyone cheers there team on and stays involved during the entire race.
For the past 9 years Fast Lap Indoor Go Karting has provided the most authentice real racing available to the general public. With gas HONDA powered Sodi-karts who are known world wide as one of the top producing outdoor championship race kart manufacturers, World Champions several times. Our karts are designed like the outdoor ones with the weight centered in the midlle of the kart for incredible handling. Other kart manufacturers have the motor in the rear of the kart which makes the front end light and gives you a push into the corners. Driving our mid-engine karts vs. the rear engine karts is like comparing a race car with a meat truck. when you turn the wheel left or right the front tires grab the ground, whereas a rear engine kart keeps traveling straight until you slow down enough for the front tires to grab. To get a fast time on the track it’s all about being smooth, entering and exiting the corners at about the same speed, any sliding scrubs speed off the kart.
Not only does Fast Lap provide the best karts around, Fast Lap Indoor Karting also provides the best safety equipment in the business, like Sparco neck collars and Dot rated helmets. Some tracks don’t offer neck collars at all! I would avoid those tracks for your own safety for sure. Did I mention we have the longest races as well as the best pricing? Well we sure do! So the next time your in Las Vegas or the Los Angeles area’s stop by FastLap for the real racing experience!
The Winternationals are coming up pretty quick, If you’ve never been it’s truly a great time. You can feel the rumble coming of these incredible fast Dragsters and Funny Cars throughout your body. If you’re coming out to see the races make sure you stop by Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing and get behind the wheel yourself! Bring in your NHRA ticket stub and get $5 off any race or race package. Fast Lap provides the most authentic racing to the general public. Real Honda Gas Powered Sodi-Kart Race Karts!
52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries
Every February since 1961, fans have flocked to Southern California for one of drag racing’s grandest traditions: The unveiling of new cars, drivers, teams, and sponsorships at the season opener, where teams hope to use the season kickoff as a springboard in their pursuit of a spot in the Countdown to Championshipat the fabled Pomona facility known for its outstanding traction, smooth surface, and record performances.
2011 recap: Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), and Jason Line (Pro Stock) kicked off NHRA’s 60th Anniversary season with victories. Fans also witnessed great performances during the four-day event, including the fastest Top Fuel speed and second-quickest pass, plus the fourth-fastest Top Fuel speed, the third- and sixth-quickest Funny Car
e.t.s, and the third-fastest Pro Stock speed.