Posted: Oct 16, 2013 2:57 PM MST – By Mike Gertzman
PHOENIX — Manzanita Speedway was a popular spot for open wheel racing in the Southwest and attracted drivers from around the world. The raceway closed a few years ago, but now people can see the history of Manzanita Speedway at Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum.
“We had heard so many stories from people since they closed the Manzanita, but there was just nothing around to kind of bring people together and keep that memory and history alive,” said Steve Stroud, administrator of the Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum and Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum is home to various racing history memorabilia including vintage Indy and sprint cars, model race cars, driving suits from famous driving stars, a wall showcasing female drivers, and old and new photos of racing.
The museum even showcases Good Morning Arizona’s Scott Pasmore and his driving suit is on display.
Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum is located at 35th Street and Broadway Road. It is open Wednesday-Friday, noon- 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.