Every week, TicketForce brings you news on one of four industries: racing, sports, theatre, or music. In this week’s #RacingWrap we bid a sad farewell to Walt Disney World Speedway.

Coined years ago as “The Mickyard,” this speedway has brought joy to Walt Disney World since it was built in 1995 by IMS Events Inc. as a subsidiary of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp. Walt Disney World Motor Speedway is a 1.0 mile tri-oval, originally designed for the Indy 200.

The speedway was home to Indy Racing League races from the years 1996 to 2000, and events like the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series also made use of the track. Presently, the Richard Petty Driving Experience and Exotic Driving Experience call it home.

Unfortunately, the speedway will be torn down and renovations will be made this summer. Although there are no explicit details, there were comments made alluding to “transportation improvements.” Walt Disney World and speedway officials are somber but cooperative regarding the closure, which has an expected closure date of June 28th. Until then, speedway visitors can still take advantage of the Richard Petty Driving Experience and test out luxury cars at high speeds.

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