Midwest Racing Preservation Association
(formerly known as Meadowdale International Raceways Preservation Association)
MIRPA's vision is to continue to promote and educate the local, state and national community on the importance of Meadowdale International Raceways. Meadowdale was a destination spot fifty years ago and still is today. Meadowdale Raceways brought people to live and work in the area, providing people a place to relax, recreate, and share stories and memories just as it does today.
As interest in our vision has grown these past few years, so has our mission. We seek to foster the knowledge and appreciation of the American Motorsports Culture. To this end, we are currently gathering resources toward a future National Motorsports Museum and Resource Center.
We hope to offer a glimpse to the past. More than one person has mentioned as you walk what remains of the track, “you can still hear the race cars roaring in the distance.” If you turn around will you see them coming? Only in memories and history that is preserved and shared.
Meadowdale International Raceway is located within Raceway Woods near the corners of Route 31 and Huntley Road in the far Northwest Corner of Carpentersville, Illinois. Meadowdale Raceway was a 3.27 mile road course racetrack which opened for its first race on September 14, 1958. Interestingly, only six months elapsed from the time construction permits were issued until the running of the first race.
Meadowdale Raceways was the dream of Leonard W. Besinger who was a developer of commercial and residential properties in that locale. Leonard's vision was to make the track a destination in the national racing community thereby bringing people to the area to live, work and relax.
Welcome to the website for Meadowdale International Raceways Preservation Association (MIRPA). Our organization is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the history of the track as well as that of all national motorsports and motorsport resources. In 2008, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Raceway. We were inspired to find that Meadowdale holds such a place of import in the hearts and memories of so many. Drivers, crew and workers from the days of the track were all in attendance. Many dug out old trophies, programs, photos and most of all long since filed away memories of a special time.