When it comes to desert life, most residents want to take it slow – when the sun is high in the sky and the temperatures are well into the 100s, you’re generally not in the mood to do anything out of the shade. However, La Quinta residents who have the need for speed in their blood head over to the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway to indulge their passion. When you’re speeding through the asphalt, you’ll give the desert heat a run for its money on keeping up.
Bringing a Sleepy Town Up to Speed
Even La Quinta and other California natives could be forgiven for not being familiar with the tiny town of Desert Center: with a population of 204 individuals per the 2010 U.S. census, its claim to fame before the arrival of the raceway remained its contributions to the war efforts in 1942. Major General George S. Patton chose the town as the base for the Desert Center Army Air Field, and the base became an essential training ground for the Allied efforts against German movement in North Africa. When the Allies reigned victorious, the base closed its doors…that is, until 2010, when racing event organizer Micky Grana saw an opportunity. The vast fields of desert surrounding the town and former military base was the perfect place for him to realize his dream of a vast raceway catering to all levels of experience, with safety as the number one priority.
Now, Grana’s dream has been realized: this thousand-acre motor course is now a thriving, popular entertainment central that has revitalized the tiny town of Desert Center, and caters to enthusiasts of all experience levels and ages. Raceway staff members are well aware of the safety concerns that come part and parcel of high-speed thrills, and make sure that beginners and intermediate visitors are never run off the track by more experienced riders: safety is their number one interest, and it’s given the serious concern it deserves.
Raceway Accommodations and Events
Worried about being run off the track by crowds of pros eating up the asphalt? Don’t be. Chuckwalla Raceways not only has individual, group, and event packages, but offers a training academy to teach beginners the ropes, and teach the more experienced drivers a few new tricks. Discounts and coupons are freely available through sites like Yelp and Groupon, and offer some very tempting deals indeed. Events run range from track days to pro competitions, and run year-round – so if you’re keen on getting some miles in but not so keen on braving the summer desert heat, fall, winter, and spring events are plentiful.
Whatever your level of experience, and whether you’re on four wheels or two, you’ll find a safe, welcoming experience at the Chuckwalla Raceway. La Quinta residents can enjoy a short drive along Interstate 10, making the Raceway ideal for anything from a day-trip to a longer weekend affair for events and celebrations. Check out the Raceway’s scheduled events today, and mark your calendars for the next great thing coming along.