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X Games Los Angeles 2013 To Hold New Event At Irwindale Speedway
May 16, 2013
In addition to Ford Gymkhana Grid and Ford RallyCross, the San Gabriel Valley-based event center will also host Skateboard and BMX Big Air, X Games Music and X Fest elements.
X Games Los Angeles 2013 To Hold New Event At Irwindale Speedway

ESPN, together with the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and Irwindale Event Center, will present X Games Los Angeles 2013 on August 1-4, with more than 200 athletes in competition venues and event spaces in and around L.A. LIVE, STAPLES Center and—for the first time—Irwindale Speedway. 

ESPN and ABC will combine to offer 19 live hours of X Games Los Angeles 2013 original programming; WatchESPN will carry every event on ESPN networks; and an additional four-and-a-half hours of original content will be available across computers, smartphones, tablets and Xbox in the US.
 
Celebrating its 11th consecutive and final year in Southern California, X Games Los Angeles will debut the discipline of Gymkhana. Made popular by driver Ken Block, it will premier as Ford Gymkhana Grid at Irwindale Speedway and accompany Ford RallyCross. 

Based off the popular Gymkhana driving technique, Ford Gymkhana Grid features drivers competing head to head on a specifically designed course consisting of cones, tires, barrels and other obstacles. The race will require drivers to perform figure eights, 180-degree spins and other advanced driving techniques to get through the course as quickly as possible.  

In addition to Rally disciplines, Irwindale Speedway will also host Skateboard and BMX Big Air, X Games Music and X Fest elements.
 
"We're obviously thrilled to have been chosen to be part of the 2013 X Games Los Angeles," said Jim Cohan, CEO, Irwindale Event Center. "We know that Irwindale's reputation as a first class sports venue for NASCAR, NHRA, USAC, and Formula Drift will take another leap forward with this booking.
 
Bringing four nights of X Games to the Speedway is a strong vote of confidence in our facility, and even more importantly, for our management staff. ...We're quite honored."