After his retirement from driving, Ira Vail promoted AAA and USAC sanctioned auto racing in the Northeastern United States. From 1925 until 1971 Vail promoted the New York State Fair Championship race at the Syracuse Mile. He nicknamed the race track "The Moody Mile" after driver Wes Moody turned a 100 mile per hour lap in 1970.
Vail died in Daytona Beach, Florida.
- Vail was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in the United States in 1993.
- "Fourth National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Inductions". National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
- "Farewell to the 'Moody Mile'". TheStar.com. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
- "Driver Stats". IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com. Archived from the original on 2016-05-29. Retrieved 2016-07-30.
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