On March 30th after 30 years of high horsepower operation the Firebird International Raceway Park in Chandler Arizona shut down. Nearly three years of lease-renewal negotiations between Charlie Allen, the founder and president of the track, and Gila River Indian Community, where the track is located, proved fruitless. Because they did not reach an agreement they had to shut down.

Late yesterday Powerboat Nation Learned the The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series http://www.lucasoildragboats.com/ fall classic originally scheduled for Sept 13th-15th in San Diego California has been re located to Chandler Arizona. The event will take place on the same dates but the venue formally known as the Firebird International Raceway in under new management and will be renamed “Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park”

It is expected the new management team will begin to reopen the park this week and an official announcement will be made. This is exciting news not only for the power boating world but also for NHRA and all the other related Motorsports competitors that compete at this great and historic location.