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Date(s) - 05/06/2017 - 05/07/2017
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Old Tucson


In Spring 2017, Tucson will make racing history! Shootout @ Old Tucson Off Road Grand Prix, a spin-off of ESPN’s X Games and a nationally televised event, launches at Old Tucson.

With marquee action sports heroes, The Shootout features UTVs and off-road trucks competing on a specially laid track in the popular attraction that challenges drivers through twists, turns, jumps and thrills.

The event is sanctioned by Speedleague, an international motorsports competition company, and will be broadcast on ESPN. The two-day event is expected to attract world-class drivers of international acclaim to the Old Pueblo, bringing world-wide attention to Pima County and Arizona.

To order tickets, go to TIXR.com.

NOTE: Normal park operations will be closed this weekend for the race.


  1. I’m not sure this area can support the trafic and noise that one would expect from an event like this. There are already venues in the Tucson area that would be much better suited to a racing event. My biggest concerns are noise, dust and traffic congestion.

    • Mr. White,
      Thanks for your comments. The event is not expected to generate much more traffic than our Nightfall event or when we do a concert. There will be noise, for short heats throughout the day, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. There have been a number of times I have been walking around Old Tucson and the training of the Black Hawk helicopters fly over giving us about the same levels.

      Old Tucson was built as a film location and hosts a number of events throughout the year and can do more! We were chosen for our visual assets that provide a unique backdrop for this kind of race (we do not ever want to become a NASCAR venue for sure!) It is an opportunity to really showcase the property and the region to an international audience and attract people to the venue. If Old Tucson doesn’t continue to evolve it won’t survive, and that would be a tremendous loss to the region.

      This is a new direction for Old Tucson, and we’ve had to evolve and change many times since 1939. We love our home and would not do anything to destroy the area that we love. We hope that you will keep an open mind this first year.

      • I agree with Gary White’s comments; and with regards to the Black Hawk helicopters, that training is needed and you cannot compare the two.
        I have been to the Nightfall event and past concerts; and again these events don’t have the noise level of racing cars. I know…because I use to drag race in Salem, Ohio at the Quaker State Raceway and you can hear the sound of roaring engines for quite a distance.
        I agree that Old Tucson needs to evolve, but an Off Road Grand Prix is not the answer, even if it’s only for a couple of days.

        • I am certainly not offering a comparison of the value of the black hawks vs. the race–was merely commenting on the noise comment. We know there will be noise during the day–I was also involved with drag racing in my younger days and these cars are not as loud as those! We do appreciate your comments on the event but it is confirmed for 2017. I want to again reassure you that we have worked closely with Pima County and would not have had the event approved had we not addressed traffic, noise, environmental concerns and the viability of the event overall.

  2. Gary and Sharon, understand that this is huge for our town. If you can’t handle the noise then please, do us all a favor and stay home. There are a TON of people that are very excited about this event. May cannot come fast enough!

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