The facility opened in 1983 and hosts the NHRA's Arizona Nationals. It held one IMSA GT race, in 1987. Due to its warm climate, it is a popular winter testing spot for NHRA and IndyCar teams. After 30 years of hosting an array of auto enthusiast events like the NHRA Arizona Nationals, the Mello Yello Drag Racing, the Checkered Flag Run and Monster Truck Shows, racetrack officials say they will not extend or renew the track's property lease with the Gila River Indian Reservation. While the Firebird Raceway owner is bowing out, the NHRA is hoping to keep the track as its Valley home beyond this year. “NHRA is currently working with the Gila River Indian Community to continue to deliver the excitement of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing to our passionate fans in Phoenix and the state of Arizona beyond 2013,” said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. “Based on our discussions with the Gila River Indian Community, we are very optimistic that the venue will be on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule in 2014. The NHRA was successful in those negotiattions and re-opened the venue to NHRA events in 2014, under the new name, "Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park".