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SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS: Official Safety Products Provider








Irwindale, Calif. (May 28, 2013) - - One of the most trusted and honored names in motorsports safety, Simpson Race Products, has renewed a long-standing relationship with the Irwindale Event Center as the official provider of driver, crew, and track worker safety gear.


"We're very pleased to have this facility aligned with Simpson Race Products," said Event Center President/CEO Jim Cohan. "Simpson has set the standard for race track safety for decades; we know that this relationship will serve all of our drivers, crew members, and safety personnel very well."


Chuck Davies, Simpson CEO, added: "We're all extremely proud to be associated with Jim Cohan and his operations at this historic track.  We always look for partners who are dedicated to great safe racing ... this is the perfect match."


From the introduction of parachutes to drag racing in 1959, and the manufacture of some of the first fire-resistant driver and safety personnel suits, right on through to the present day ... Simpson Race Products have set the standard for design, durability, effectiveness, and style.


Irwindale Event Center's on-site roster of race tracks includes the NASCAR half-mile and third-mile ovals and its eighth-mile NHRA Drag Strip. In addition, IEC is annually the site of a number of selected national and international events such as the final race in the 2013 Formula Drift Series.


The next event at IEC takes place this Thursday, May 30, when the track's weekly edition of "Thursday Night Thunder" roars to life on the Drag Strip. Street Legal machines of all makes, models, and state of "tune", pair up and take to the eighth-mile track to see who can get to the 660 foot mark fastest. The Drag Strip Gates open at 4pm on Thursday, racing starts at 5, and everyone burns rubber and has a blast until 10. Fans pay $10 to watch all night and the racers pay $20 to put on a show. One of the best parts is that the pits and the fan parking are one and the same ... Fans mix and mingle with the racers and their crews just like at the big time NHRA races!