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Irwindale Raceway Is Closing Down

Growing up in SoCal in the 60’s and 70’s, we frequently paused from our mock Army games among the remnants of orange groves or modifying our Schwinn Stingray bikes to listen to the roar of horsepower emanating through the hot, dry summer air. Funny cars branded by Mattel’s Hot Wheels or Hawaiian Punch were the stuff “gearhead” kids dreamed of as we imagined Don “The Snake” Prudomme, Tom “The Mongoose” McEwen , Raymond “Blue Max” Beadle, or Roland “Hawaiian Punch” Leong ripping down the 1320 setting new records. The urban sprawl was spreading westward from downtown LA at a feverous pace and although we were 10 miles from the Irwindale Raceway, we could hear and arguably “feel” the power! Sadly, the track was closed before we were old enough to race it but 1999 it re-opened and has continued to entertain fans for almost three decades. Now, the track has announced its closing in January 2018 to make way for an outlet mall. ¬†Hemmings posted more here:¬†Irwindale Raceway Closes. Its sad to see the continued trend of racetrack closures all over the US…get out there with your “Stang before they’re all gone!

 

 

About Tim Worlitz

I started working on cars when I was 13 years old and have spent the last 35 years in the automotive industry. After graduating from San Gorgonio High School in San Bernardino, CA, I was able to attend San Bernardino Valley College, Cal Poly Pomona, and USC earning Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and Master of Science in Systems Engineering Degrees. I have been fortunate to work in the OEM, OES, Aftermarket, and SEMA automotive segments focused primarily in design engineering, manufacturing, and operations management. I started my professional career at the Subaru of America Tech Center involved in HVAC, Cruise Control, and Accessory Development which allowed me to spend time working with engine and chassis dynometers, data acquisition in lab and field environments cold weather testing in places like International Falls, MN @-40F, hot weather testing in Death Valley, CA @+122F, and conducting vehicle test data acquisition for HVAC and NVH on various closed circuit test tracks in Arizona. While at Subaru I was driver and one of several team engineers involved in setting two Bonneville land speed records in I/Pro class at the 1988 & 1989 Speed Weeks...a record that still stands today. From Subaru, I went on to work stints as Director of Engineering at Thermal Dynamics and Fluidyne Racing Products, Director of Engineering at Wynn's Climate Systems, and General Manager at Standard Motor Products / Four Seasons Mfg Division with operations in US and Mexico. Seeking to exit the rigors of international travel and corporate politics, I became President of Tuskerstone, Inc dBA Dallas Mustang Parts & Accessories in 2015. I am a member of SAE, ASME, & ASQ professional organizations as well as Tau Beta Pi & Pi Tau Sigma national engineering honor societies.

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