UPDATED: NHRA STANDS FIRM, ARIZONA NATIONALS RETURNING TO WILD HORSE PASS MOTORSPORTS PARK IN 2022
You can't believe everything you see on the Internet.
At least that's how NHRA's Director of Communications Jeffrey Young sees it when talking of White Horse Pass Motorsports Park going away as a drag racing venue.
"It's not going anywhere," Young responded to CompetitionPlus.com when it came to rumors of the facility being commercially repurposed. "We plan on being back there in 2022."
Multiple reports circulating the web suggest the track will be demolished to make way for hotels, a concert venue, and office buildings, among other things.
According to information revealed today, the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Arizona is slated to be demolished to make way for new hotels, a wellness center, an event center, an outdoor music venue, an office park, and a pro soccer stadium, among other things.
The bulk of the banter was generated by a graphic that has made its way around to many eyeballs.
"The photo which has been distributed is a 40-year plan which has led many to jump to conclusions," Young said.
The 2021 NHRA Arizona Nationals was canceled due to Covid-19 concerns, but as Young sees it, beyond that, both NHRA and WHPMS are looking for a bright future together.
"We plan to go racing in 2022," Young confirmed. "We are already working with track officials on the event."
Young said the Phoenix market is important to the sanctioning body.
"It is a very good market for us," Young confirmed. "We have very successful divisional and sportsman racing there as well. The NHRA Arizona Nationals is a great event for NHRA, and we love going there. We have great fans there and look forward to giving them another great event in 2022."
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park issued the following statement Friday evening.
"From all of us at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, we are fully aware of the conceptual map that was released as part of a commercial redevelopment plan here at Wild Horse Pass. That being said, this design is exactly what it is, conceptual, and does not change the fact that we are continuing to push through the challenges of COVID-19 to facilitate hosting as many motorsports events as possible in 2021, as well as a push to come back even stronger in 2022. We have been a staple in the Arizona Motorsports community for nearly 40 years and don't plan on changing that heritage anytime soon!"
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