GREENWOOD RACEWAY: 50th Anniversary

Posted on: 1:07 am, June 10, 2013, by

The Iowa Speedway wasn’t the only track drawing attention this weekend.

In 1963 the first import car race took place at the old Greenwood Speedway near Indianola.

“Everyone has a Greenwood story that’s what so magical about this place. People raced here 50 years ago, the very first race happened, that’s what’s magical,” Greenwood race fan, Andy Anderson said.

The track closed in 1966, but a few fans and others connected to the track came out to watch classic cars take a spin around the old track.

The operating engineers training center maintains the property and former track, on rare occasions, they open the gate for a few laps.

On hand for the 50th anniversary observance were the sons of the men who originally developed the track, “The track is in pretty good shape. There are a lot of rough spots, the first curve I was able to get it up to 70 miles an hour. The back curve I was able to get up to 70 miles an hour,” son, Ray Phillips Jr. said.

Even without a lot of publicity, people as far as Arkansas and California drove into Indianola for the event.