(formerly California Speedway)
Auto Club Speedway
9300 Cherry Avenue
Fontana, CA 92335
Fax (909) 429-5500
Tickets (800) 944-RACE (7223)
TDD: 1-866-ISC-TRAK (For hearing impaired guests)
Track/Race Length: 2.0 mile D-shaped oval, 250 laps, 500 miles
Superspeedway: 2.0-mile oval 75 feet wide with a 15 foot apron
Banking: turns: 14°; front stretch 11°; backstretch 3°
Front Stretch: 3,100feet
Back Stretch: 2,500feet
Pit Road: 2,200 feet long with 44 individual pit stalls
Garages: Three garages with 100 spaces
Pit Road Speed: 55mph
Pace Car Speed: 60mph
Approx: 1,800 Infield RV spaces
Grandstand seating capacity: 68,000 [was 81,000 and 92,000]
Length: 42 feet
Width: 20 feet
March 2015 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 140.662mph, started 8th
March 2015 Pole Winner: #41-Kurt Busch, 185.142, finished 3rd
Most Races: 26 - Jeff Gordon
Most Wins: 5 - Jimmie Johnson
Most Poles: 4 - Kurt Busch; 3 - Denny Hamlin
Most Top 5s: 12 - Jimmie Johnson; 11 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 15 - Matt Kenseth & Jimmie Johnson; 14 - Carl Edwards
Most Laps Led by a Winner: Mark Martin, 5/3/1998, 165 laps
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - Kevin Harvick, 3/27/2011 & Brad Keselowski, 3/22/2015
Most Leaders: 16 - 9/7/2007
Most Lead Changes: 33 - 2/24/2008
Fewest Leaders: 5 - 3/25/2012
Fewest Lead Changes: 9 - 3/25/2012
Most Cautions: 12 - 2/24/2008
Most Caution Laps: 51, 9/5/2004
Fewest Cautions: 1 - 3/25/2012
Fewest Caution Laps: 5 - 3/25/2012
Most Running at the Finish: 43 - 3/22/2015 (all cars finished)
Fewest Running at the Finish: 31 - 10/11/2009
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 12 - Chevy; 11 - Ford; 2 - Toyota; 1 - Dodge
Races won from starting pos 1: 1
Keselowski wins at Auto Club: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Auto Club Speedway and his 17th career win. He took the lead from #41-Busch on the final lap of a second green-white-checker attempt.
#4-Harvick passed Busch coming to the checkered flag to finish second. Harvick has five straight top 2 finish to start the season, the first time that has happened in NASCAR. He also has finished first or second in the last eight consecutive races. Richard Petty holds the record with 11 consecutive top 2 finishes.
Busch held on for 3rd followed by #27-Menard, #31-Newman, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #22-Logano, #78-Truex, Jr., #48-Johnson and #24-Gordon.
All 43 cars were running at the end of the race, the first time that has happened since the Brickyard 400 in 2013.
Harvick continues to hold the Chase points lead, now 28 points over #22-Logano.
There were 19 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 7 cautions for 31 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 140.662mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-22-2015)
Auto Club Speedway sold out: For the second straight year, Auto Club Speedway President Dave Allen announced that grandstand tickets for Sunday's Auto Club 400 have been sold out. Those wishing to purchase standing room only tickets can still join the Auto Club 400 festivities by calling 1-800-944-RACE (7223). "All I can say to our great fans is Thank You," said Speedway President Dave Allen. "Our fans have once again shown their passion for Auto Club Speedway and NASCAR. I'm sure the Auto Club 400 will once again be a great race."(ACS)(3-21-2015)
American Idol Finalists singing National Anthem in Fontana: The Top 11 finalists from AMERICAN IDOL XIV will sing the National Anthem and serve as Grand Marshals prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race at the Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 22. The Top 11 Finalists include: Quentin Alexander, Clark Beckham, Joey Cook, Adanna Duru, Nick Fradiani, Jax, Tyanna Jones, Qaasim Middleton, Rayvon Owen, Daniel Seavey and Maddie Walker. Nashville's music powerhouse and IDOL's in-house mentor Scott Borchetta will join the Top 11 contestants to call the command as Grand Marshals. Borchetta is President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group and one of the most successful forces in the music industry today.(Auto Club Speedway)(3-21-2015)
Dwight Yoakam named honorary starter in Fontana: Global country music legend and superstar of the screen, Dwight Yoakam, will serve as Honorary Starter for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 22. With more than 25 million albums sold worldwide, and major motion picture roles alongside some of the world's top thespians including Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Forest Whitaker, and Nicolas Cage, Yoakam is amongst an elite cadre of global superstars. As Honorary Starter, Yoakam will wave the green flag to start the Auto Club 400, and watch the stock cars take their first lap on the circuit's final stop on the West Coast Swing. As an Honorary Race Official, Yoakam will be involved with pre-race ceremony activities including driver introductions and special NASCAR awards. For over three decades, Yoakam has entertained fans across 12 gold and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, 5 of which have topped Billboard's Country Albums chart, with another 14 landing in the Top 10. He is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award-winner, and in 2013 was named the Americana Music Association's Artist of the Year, the most prestigious honor offered by the organization.(Auto Club Speedway)(3-20-2015)
McKnight to perform National Anthem prior to Auto Club XFINITY race: Award-winning R&B artist, Brian McKnight, will sing the National Anthem prior to the start of the NASCAR Xfinity Drive4Clots.com 300 race at Auto Club Speedway, on Saturday, March 21. As an Honorary Race Official, McKnight will be on the main stage for pre-race ceremony activities including Xfinity driver introductions and special NASCAR awards. McKnight has been honored with multiple awards including Billboard Songwriter of the Year, American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, and 16 Grammy nominations. To date, McKnight has released 15 albums and has sold over 20 million albums which include top hits "Back at One," "Anytime," and "Only One For Me." The male vocalist also plays nine instruments including piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussions, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet. He has collaborated with performers across every genre including: Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson and Kenny G.(ASC)(3-19-2014)
Auto Club Speedway to install tire barriers prior to race: Following a full track review with NASCAR and ISC, Auto Club Speedway will add additional safeguards to those already in place in advance of its Auto Club 400 Weekend March 20-22. Auto Club Speedway will install tire pack barriers inside Turn 1 prior to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Drive4Clots300.com and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400. Following our upcoming race weekend, Auto Club Speedway will begin installation of SAFER barrier along the frontstretch and backstretch walls. Once completed, the entire frontstretch and backstretch will have SAFER barriers for 2016 events at Auto Club Speedway. In preparation for the 2016 racing season, we will continue to collaborate and evaluate additional safety enhancements. "The safety of drivers, and our fans and staff is, and always has been, a top priority," said Dave Allen, Auto Club Speedway President. "As part of our continued commitment to safety, we will work hand-in-hand with NASCAR and all sanctioning bodies that race at our track to make improvements that will further enhance safety."(Auto Club Speedway)(3-12-2015)
Fans can ride Metrolink to Auto Club Speedway for free on race weekend: Race fans can take Metrolink for free to the Auto Club Speedway's Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on March 22, 2015. The free train ride will be offered to a limited number of race fans with the support of Clean Transportation Funding from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). After the limited number of free tickets are depleted, race fans will once again be able to purchase the discounted $19 round trip train tickets. Riders, however, must sign up in advance at www.autoclubspeedway.com/metrolink. Like last year, Metrolink will operate three trains originating from Oxnard, Lancaster and Oceanside with limited stops in between for faster service. Metrolink's Speedway trains stop at a specially constructed station just off the back straight-away at the race track. From there, passengers will board a free tram that takes them to the entrance gates. Trains depart Auto Club Speedway one hour after the end of the race, or checkered flag.(ACS)(1-13-2015)
Dave Allen named president of Auto Club Speedway: International Speedway Corporation announced it has named Dave Allen President of Auto Club Speedway effective immediately. Allen accepts the role from his most recent position as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for ACS. Allen replaces Gillian Zucker who was recently named President of Business Operations for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. Allen, 41, a 17-year veteran in the sports marketing industry, will report to ISC President, John R. Saunders and will be responsible for all operations of Auto Club Speedway and Auto Club Dragway. Allen joined Penske Motorsports at previously-named California Speedway in April of 1999 after spending one year at Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. From 2002-2006, Allen served as Senior Director of Sales and Marketing. He was named Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2006 with oversight of all sponsorship, hospitality, suite and consumer sales. In 2008 Allen, along with former track president Gillian Zucker, completed the Speedway's groundbreaking naming rights partnership with Auto Club of Southern California. Allen, his wife and three children reside in Upland, CA.(ACS)(12-15-2014)
Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000 UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announced Tuesday that they will remove 17,000 seats from the track's grandstands. The company anticipates using those areas for premium hospitality, advertising and other facility purposes. Their sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is losing 41,000 seats.(wgxa.tv), see image of the CMS construction at Slugger Labbe's Twitter.(12-10-2014)
UPDATE: Alterations announced this week are in line with a trend of tracks removing seats. Charlotte, after removing 41,000 seats this winter, will be down to permanent seating of 89,000 in 2015, a startlingly low capacity considering its location in NASCAR's epicenter. But it's par for the course. Atlanta is removing 17,000 seats to get down to 75,000; Dover is removing 17,500 seats to get down to 95,500; and Daytona is removing its backstretch grandstands of 46,500 next spring to go to 101,500 seats. Other tracks on the circuit have made similar changes.
At its peak in 2007, International Speedway Corp.'s 12 major tracks had 1.1 million grandstand seats (not including suites). After the Daytona renovation, ISC will be down 30 percent to approximately 761,000 seats.
In 2013 alone, the following ISC tracks cut seats: Talladega (from 108,000 to 78,000), Richmond (91,000 to 71,000), Chicagoland (69,000 to 55,500), Michigan (84,000 to 71,000), California (81,000 to 68,000), Darlington (60,000 to 58,000) and Homestead (56,000 to 46,000). Any additional cuts likely will be revealed when its annual report comes out in January.
With the current Charlotte and Atlanta reductions, Speedway Motorsports has cut 101,000 seats (12 percent) across seven of its tracks since 2009, although it added 38,000 at Kentucky when it moved a Cup race to that track. SMI, which includes suites in its capacity estimates, cut capacity in 2013 at Atlanta (from 98,000 to 92,000), Bristol (158,000 to 153,000) and New Hampshire (96,000 to 95,000).
Dover listed 135,000 seats in 2009, so its reduction in recent years is 29 percent. At one point, it reduced 20,000 seats by replacing the current seats with wider ones for more fan comfort, a move done by many racetracks. Indianapolis and Pocono, privately owned, do not have to report their capacities, but Indianapolis also has removed seats.(see full article at th
Black Friday deals at Auto Club Speedway: Purchase a ticket to Auto Club Speedway's Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race between Black Friday (Nov. 28) and Cyber Monday (Dec. 1) and Auto Club Speedway will put a little jingle back in your pocket by waiving ALL SERVICE FEES on ANY tickets purchased during that period. Auto Club Speedway is offering several ticket packages to fit everyone's price range including, just in time for the holidays, the Auto Club Speedway Holiday Package. The special, limited-time package includes two tickets to the Auto Club 400 on March 22, two pit passes and a scanner rental with a set of headphones all for $99 (a $225 value). Purchase now and we'll waive the SERVICE FEES. The special offer expires Dec. 31, 2015. Visit www.autoclubspeedway.com/holiday.(ACS)(11-27-2014)
Gillian Zucker leaves Auto Club Speedway and heads to the Los Angeles Clippers: The Los Angeles Clippers today announced Gillian Zucker as the club's new President of Business Operations. A sports industry veteran who was named one of the top five most powerful women in motorsports by MSN and FOX, Zucker comes to the Clippers after spending nine years as the President of Auto Club Speedway, the largest race track on the West Coast. "I am extremely happy to add a leader like Gillian to our team," Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer said. "Her clear and creative business vision, innovative approach to marketing and experience working in the Los Angeles sports market make her the perfect fit to lead the Clippers during this transcendent time."
"What an exciting time to be part of the L.A. Clippers," said Zucker. "There's something special happening in this organization that has captured the attention of Los Angeles, the NBA and the nation. Steve Ballmer's energy and enthusiasm is contagious and inspiring. We are just getting started." Zucker was named President of Auto Club Speedway in June 2005 and led all aspects of the Speedway's business - including operations, ticketing, finance, communications and marketing. In addition, she served on the International Speedway Corporation executive management team and oversaw Chicagoland and Kansas Speedways. She was successful in repackaging NASCAR to appeal to a Southern California audience and developed the Auto Club Speedway into an industry leader in diversity of audience. Zucker's innovations included a wide-ranging capital improvement plan, improved traffic and parking management, and completion of the only current naming rights track agreement in the sport in 2008.
Prior to her time at Auto Club Speedway, Zucker served as Daytona International Speedway's Vice President of Business and Development. She joined International Speedway Corporation (ISC), the owner of Auto Club Speedway, in 1998 as Director of Business Development for Kansas Speedway and was shortly promoted to Vice President of Operational Development. Before joining ISC, Zucker worked in Minor League Baseball, serving as Assistant General Manager of the Durham (NC) Bulls. A graduate of Hamilton College, Zucker serves on the board of the California Chamber. She was appointed by the Governor to the California Travel and Tourism Commission, and also serves at the request of Mayor Eric Garcetti, as a Los Angeles Convention Center Commissioner. Other board roles include the Los Angeles Sports Council, the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission Advisory Board, Young Presidents Organization and the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Foundation.(ACS)(11-7-2014)
Auto Club Speedway tickets on sale Monday: On Monday, Oct. 13, race fans can take advantage of early bird pricing for NASCAR's 2015 return to Southern California by purchasing tickets to the Auto Club 400 weekend, March 20-22, at Auto Club Speedway. For as low as $35, you can lock in the best prices and chose the best seats available. And if at some point, Auto Club Speedway offers a different ticket deal that you prefer, you can always switch. Race fans will never be penalized for committing early. To purchase tickets or for more information call 800-944-RACE, visit www.autoclubspeedway.com or stop by the Auto Club Speedway ticket office at 9300 Cherry Ave. in Fontana. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm. In addition to race weekend tickets, Auto Club Speedway also offers several ticket packages to fit everyone's price range.(ACS)(10-10-2014)
Sunday's race a sellout: Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker announced that grandstand tickets for Sunday's Auto Club 400 have been sold out. Those wishing to purchase standing room only tickets can still join the Auto Club 400 festivities by calling 1-800-944-RACE (7223). "Southern California fans have proven the Auto Club Speedway is the place to be March 23rd," said Zucker. "Let's go racing!"(Auto Club Speedway)(3-22-2014)
Auto Club Speedway adds SAFER barrier: When #11-Denny Hamlin returns to Auto Club Speedway this week, he'll find more of the SAFER barrier in the area where he crashed last year. The Southern California facility has added an additional 1,000 feet of the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barrier inside Turn 4, according to a track spokesman. The change was made in September, six months after Hamlin sustained a broken back vertebra after crashing into an unprotected area of the wall in the track's Sprint Cup Series event last March. In the wake of the accident, NASCAR officials said experts would reevaluate that section of the wall and recommend changes if necessary. SAFER barriers are typically first installed along the parts of track walls where impacts are most likely to occur, but it's not uncommon for the barriers to be added or altered in reaction to accidents. A Jeff Gordon hit at Las Vegas, an Elliott Sadler incident at Pocono and a Jeff Fuller accident at Kentucky each resulted in changes being made to walls or barriers at those facilities.(NASCAR.com)(3-19-2014)
Matt Rogers to sing National Anthem prior to Auto Club Nationwide race: Auto Club Speedway officials announced that Arcadia's Matt Rogers, TV personality, singer/songwriter and currently the host of GSN's culinary reality series "Beat The Chefs" will perform the National Anthem prior to Saturday's TREATMYCLOT.COM 300 NNS race at Auto Club Speedway, March 22. Rogers is best known for hosting "Coming Home," a poignant reality docu-series on Lifetime, which followed the surprise reunions of military members and their loved ones, as they returned home from active duty. Rogers put his songwriting experience into play, by writing and performing the theme song for "Coming Home" titled "I'm Coming Home" which has since resonated and served as a voice for the experience of military families around the country.(Auto Club Speedway)(3-18-2014)
Auto Club Speedway Kids Club releases storybook app: Auto Club Speedway, already the leader in youth initiatives in the motorsports industry, will add yet another feather to its cap with the launch of Lefty & The Radtastic Road Rally interactive storybook app, available for iPad, the racing world's first storybook app specifically targeting young readers. The storybook app is available free-to-play through the Apple App Store. With the app, produced by Bento Box Interactive and designed by Emmy-winning artist Bob Boyle (The Fairly Odd Parents and Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!), readers will get a front row seat to the action as Lefty Turner and his pit crew get ready for race day, which comes alive with animation, music and sound effects. Who will win the race and survive treacherous obstacles including the dreaded Motorcar Monkey Pirates? Will it be the studious Lefty or his hasty rival Righty McRightson? Features of the app include reading highlighted words along with the narrator, beautifully illustrated and animated pages, touch and swipe interactive pages and a high quality musical score. Lefty & The Radtastic Road Rally is free-to-play for iPad devices available through the Apple App Store.(Auto Club Speedway)(3-17-2014)
Auto Club Speedway names official craft beer: Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, founded on a true passion for good beer, the absolute love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being around great friends, will serve as "The Official Craft Beer" of Auto Club Speedway for 2014. Located in nearby Redlands, Hangar 24 products as well as other craft beers, will be served on race day in the FanZone and throughout the facility during Auto Club 400 Race Weekend, March 21-23. Hangar 24 will also be available in the VONS Infield Store. Hangar 24 Craft Brewery was founded in 2008 across from the Redlands, California airport. Widely known for their flagship beer, Orange Wheat, the brewery takes its name from the hangar in which Founder and Master Brewer Ben Cook and his fellow pilots would meet up with family and friends for a day of flying.(Auto Club Speedway)(3-13-2014)