Former Iowa airport becomes drag racing facility

Drag racing has begun at a former western Iowa airport following the site’s $2 million transformation.

The Sioux City Journal reports that nearly 200 racers and 600 spectators gathered at the Onawa Racing and Events Complex last weekend for its opening.

The city closed the seldom-used Onawa Municipal Airport two years ago and transformed it into a racing complex. The facility’s concrete strip can host races of 1,000 feet (300 meters), one-eighth mile (200 meters) and one-quarter mile (400 meters).

Races on Saturday and Sunday will include a testing portion, where racers can run the track multiple times to get calibrated.

Ron Conner manages the site’s racing. He says junior drag racers are welcome this weekend and the facility will also host old-style drags, where cars have flag starts.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com