Fans, Racers Rally to Save Palm Beach International Raceway

At this writing, 4,471 people have signed a Change.org petition to ask that South Florida’s Palm Beach International Raceway stay open as a race track, because the petition—and numerous other stories online—suggest that Walmart has purchased the property to turn into a distribution center.

The problem is, neither Walmart nor PBIR, a combination drag strip and road course in Jupiter, Florida, will say whether the story is true.

One solid source, though, says it is true. But that source said Walmart is “notoriously slow” is closing properties, and if could be 18 months before they decide to act on the purchase.

According to the petition: “PBIR (formally called Moroso) is being bought and there is a possibility that the property can/will be turned into a Walmart Distribution center or Super-center. Maybe if we get enough signatures we can convince the owners not to sell, or at least the new owners to keep the track open!”

That seems unlikely, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

PBIR is an IHRA drag strip, but hosted the NHRA winter tests earlier this year. Besides IHRA events, the track hosts club events from organizations like the SCCA. The facility includes a 10-turn, 2.2-mile road circuit that has proven popular with IndyCar teams for winter testing.

The facility opened in 1964, costing a reported $1.5 million to build. The track was owned by local contractor Joe Bucheck Jr. and his brother Edward. In March 1965 the inaugural race was held at the track. Some 10,000 spectators attended the event, which was a series of sports car events.

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