DES MOINES, Iowa -- Promoters for the Iowa State Fair Speedway announced Wednesday that racing will end there for the foreseeable future.
A statement posted on the group's website says they were notified recently by Iowa State Fair CEO Gary Slater that racing was being discontinued.
ISFS promoters say they were shocked by the news after they say Slater publicly promised at an awards banquet last fall that there would be racing at ISFS for many years to come.
Here’s the full statement:
September 28, 2016 – It is with great disappointment that the promoters of the Iowa State Fair Speedway (ISFS) announced today the discontinuation of racing at the speedway for the foreseeable future. The surprising news was delivered recently by Gary Slater, CEO of the Iowa State Fair in a private meeting. The Iowa State Fair Speedway has been an important part of the Midwest racing roots and Des Moines for decades. The decision came as a shock not only to the race promoters but racers and fans alike certainly in light of the announcement made by Gary Slater at the ISFS Awards Banquet last fall where he made a public promise that “there would be racing at ISFS for many years to come”. As described in the private meeting, there are no plans currently in place to rebuild the track and there is no expectation that racing will become a part of the Fairgrounds in the future.
“This came as a total shock and huge disappointment given our multi-year contract,” Tony Moro, promoter of the ISFS said. “My partners, Eric Lundstrom and John Pat Dorrian and I have made a significant personal investment of time and money to make the Iowa State Fair Speedway a competitive, entertaining and family friendly venue for all. We want to thank everyone for your support and participation and we are sorry we won’t have the opportunity to continue in this historic venue.”
The Iowa State Fair Speedway website (isfspeedway.com) will continue to be active and available for information and updates.
We're talking to the racing promoters and a representative from the Iowa State Fair and will have more on the Channel 13 News at Five.