2009 celebrated the 80th. Anniversary of the Irish Grand Prix, and Formula Libre raced for the Dublin Grand Prix. Congratulations to Dan Daly on his great win on Sunday (although he did provide some â€˜heart stoppingâ€™ moments during Saturdayâ€™s race!)
This year was actually the 106th. Anniversary of racing in the Park as the first event took place in 1903 â€“ a wonderful and unique history of motorsport and the oldest motor racing venue still in existence today worldwide.
Those of you who regularly come to the Phoenix Park Motor Races races will have noticed quite a few changes this year. We â€˜revampedâ€™ the circuit build, and moved the paddock into the wonderful surroundings of Farmleigh, by kind permission of the Office of Public Works. We hope you made the effort to come up to the paddock and meet the competitors, and if you havenâ€™t been in Farmleigh before, you will have discovered one of Irelandâ€™s great treasures!
This yearâ€™s event was quite challenging to stage due to the economic climate, and it was only possible due to the hard working committee, goodwill from sponsors and the support we received from both Motorsport Ireland and the Office of Public Works. On behalf of the organisers, we wish to thank them, the Gardai, the Health Service Executive, the Civil Defence, the competitors, marshals and officials â€“ without their co-operation this free event for spectators would not have run.