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(formerly California Speedway)

Address:
Auto Club Speedway
9300 Cherry Avenue
Fontana, CA 92335

Phone:
(909) 429-5000
Fax (909) 429-5500
Tickets (800) 944-RACE (7223)
TDD: 1-866-ISC-TRAK (For hearing impaired guests)

Track Specs:
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]
Opened: 1997

Pit Stalls:
Length: 42 feet
Width: 20 feet

Track Websites & Social Media:
Auto Club Speedway Website
ISC Motorsports
Twitter
Facebook
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YouTube
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MySpace (old)
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info


    Track Records & Stats

  • March 2016 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 137.213mph, started 19th

  • The Final October 2010 Race Winner: #14-Tony Stewart, 131.953, started 22nd
  • Track Race Record: #14-Tony Stewart, 3/25/2012, 160.166mph
  • Slowest Race Record: #38-Elliott Sadler, Sept 2004, 128.324mph
  • Oldest Winner: #2-Rusty Wallace, 44 years, 8 months, 15 days, 4/29/2001
  • Youngest Winner: #5-Kyle Busch, 20 years, 4 months, 2 days, 9/4/2005
  • Worst Starting Spot to Win: #17-Matt Kenseth, 2/26/2006, started 31st

  • March 2016 Pole Winner: #3-Austin Dillon, 188.482, finished 24th

  • March 2015 Pole Winner: #41-Kurt Busch, 185.142, finished 3rd

  • The Final October 2010 Pole Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 185.285, finished 17th
  • Track Qualifying Record: Denny Hamlin, March 2016, 188.511mph
  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mike Skinner, 42 years, 10 months, 2 days, 4/30/2000
  • Youngest Pole Winner: Kyle Busch, 19 years, 9 months, 25 days, 2/27/2005

  • Most Races: 26 - Jeff Gordon

  • Most Wins: 6 - Jimmie Johnson

  • Most Poles: 4 - Kurt Busch; 3 - Denny Hamlin

  • Most Top 5s: 13 - Jimmie Johnson

  • Most Top 10s: 16 - Jimmie Johnson; 15 - Carl Edwards & Matt Kenseth

  • 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: 13 - Chevy; 11 - Ford; 2 - Toyota; 1 - Dodge

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 1

  • Races won from starting pos 2: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 16: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 17: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 22: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 24: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 25: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 31: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 9 of 27
  • Races won from the top 10: 14 of 27


Track News and Announcements

  • Superman (Johnson) wins at Auto Club: #48-Jimmie Johnson, running a Superman paint scheme, won the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 6th win at Auto Club Speedway (the most of any driver) and 77th career win, which allows him to pass Dale Earnhardt (76 wins) for 7th all time. #4-Kevin Harvick led the most laps 142 of 205 laps. The race ended in NASCAR Overtime when #18-Busch had a tire go down with two laps left in the race. Harvick led the race when the caution came out. All the leaders made pit stops for new tires, Harvick came out 2nd and #11-Hamlin came out with the lead. Johnson came out 3rd but took the lead on the first overtime lap and kept the lead to win the race.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd, followed by #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #24-Elliott (best career finish), #19-Edwards, #47-Allmendinger, #2-Keselowski and #1-McMurray.
    #88-Batman (Earnhardt Jr.), was never a factor but was able to finish 11th. The pole winner, #3-Austin Dillon ended up with a 24th.
    There were two hard wrecks. The first was on lap 46 when #42-Larson had a rear tire go down, causing his car to slap the outside wall, which then shot the car across the track, with no brakes, hard into the SAFER wall on the inside wall. Larson was OK.
    On lap 120, #10-Patrick was running 19th when she passed #5-Kahne. Kahne came down after the pass, but misjudged and clipped the #10 rear end, causing it to spin and slam the outside wall. Patrick was OK, but not happy.
    There were 26 lead changes among 8 drivers and 6 cautions for 33 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 137.213mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Auto Club Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-20-2016)

  • Wounded veterans enjoy day at Auto Club Speedway: Bringing veterans together for an adventure brought Temecula-based Wishes For Warriors to Auto Club Speedway on Saturday for the NASCAR Xfinity Series TreatMyClot.com 300. The group, founded two years ago by former Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Bryan Marshall, is a nonprofit organization specializing in outdoor experiences for wounded veterans. "We get these men and women back out there," Marshall said. "Ninety nine percent of what we do is outdoors, and there's no gimmicks." Marshall, 32, was joined by nine veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on Saturday for a meet-and-greet with several series drivers before escaping to an on-track suite to watch the race. "We try to do as many epic, awesome things for these guys as we can. To let them know that we care, and to re-fire that spark in them," said Marshall, a resident of Temecula. It was the first NASCAR experience offered by Wishes For Warriors, which has previously provided hunting and fishing trips, white-water rafting and even skydiving excursions for veterans.(Press Enterprise)(3-20-2016)

  • Bees force NASCAR to abandon flag stand UPDATE: There was a lot of buzz Friday at Auto Club Speedway. Literally. A swarm of bees invaded NASCAR's flag stand Friday afternoon at the 2-mile oval, meaning Xfinity Series practice got underway with no green flag and no flag man. FOX Sports cameras zoomed in on a collection of bees - dozens, at least - clinging to a ledge in the flag stand. Obviously, NASCAR decided it was better to not have a flag man for practice than to expose any officials to needless stings (drivers can still hear about the track conditions from their team radio communications). After practice, a beekeeper arrived and sprayed some sort of liquid at the swarm -- many of which fell in a bucket. But NASCAR spokesman Tom Bryant said there were remnants of "less than happy bees in the flag stand area" before Sprint Cup Series qualifying, which meant the flag man had to stand on an elevated platform near the start/finish line in order to wave the green. "We anticipate no problems with this situation tomorrow or at any other point in the weekend," Bryant said.(USA Today)(3-19-2016)
    UPDATE: When NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice started on Saturday morning at Auto Club Speedway, there was a flag man on his usual perch atop the flag stand at the start/finish line. That was noteworthy only because an infestation of bees had driven the flag man from his usual station on Friday, forcing Sprint Cup qualifying to be flagged on a temporary platform behind the grandstand fence. Bees are an important part of the ecology, and in California, invading swarms must be relocated rather than killed. Accordingly, the speedway called in a beekeeper who immobilized the unwelcome visitors with a spray and collected and removed the swarm. So when Sprint Cup practice began at 8:00am/pt on Saturday morning, the flag man was back in his usual spot - with no bees in sight.(NASCAR Wire Service)(3-20-2016)

  • Auto Club Speedway a rough, difficult track: The rougher a track is, the more drivers seem to like it. That's certainly the conventional wisdom at Auto Club Speedway, which features pronounced bumps on the backstretch, abrasive asphalt and distinct seams between the racing lanes. "You could write a book about a lap at this place," said Carl Edwards, runner-up to Kevin Harvick by .010 seconds last Sunday at Phoenix. "There's so much happening out there-where you place your tires, how you enter the corner, what the guy in front of you is doing. All of those things add up to a lot different balance. Turns 1 and 2, as many times as I've been here, I still don't feel like I have it figured out. There's spots that I like to run, there's things I like to do, but there's some spots out there and it's like, man, I can't quite figure out what's happening. When you hit this point in the race track and the car moves and I can't repeat it all of the time, so you never really know what you're going to get. I think that's good. It's a little bit unpredictable, it's definitely tough and, to me, that's part of the fun."
    Edwards, however, didn't have as much fun as he would have liked during Friday's opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice. He was 25th on the speed chart, and he pointed to a dilemma that can haunt drivers and crew chiefs at the two-mile track: Whether to change the car or change your racing line? "Your car can drive terribly, and then you can move around a little bit and it drives pretty well," Edwards said. "So then you've got to decide, 'Well, is that where I want to race, or do I want to race over here where it's terrible? Should we work on it?' It's tough. It's hard to decide exactly what you want. The fun is that you can actually change it. You can do things. If the car isn't working well in one spot, you move somewhere else and try something else. You're not locked into a tiny little box where everybody has to run in the exact same spot."(NASCAR Wire Service)(3-19-2016)

  • Former NFL Player John Lynch named honorary race official: Auto Club Speedway announced that Super Bowl Champion John Lynch will be behind the wheel of the Official NASCAR 2016 Toyota Camry Pace Car as he leads the field of 39 stock cars before the start of the Auto Club 400 on Sunday. As an Honorary Race Official, Lynch will be involved with pre-race ceremony activities including driver introductions and special NASCAR awards. He will be joined by Miss Sprint Cup, Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, Kevin Ortiz, Regional Mexican Artist, USMC Staff Sergeant Charlie Linville, Actor Eric Dane, and other dignitaries. A 15-year NFL veteran, Lynch played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Denver Broncos, earning 9 Pro Bowls in his career. He was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. He now works as an Analyst for the NFL on FOX. In addition to top-notch live entertainment and a variety of Auto Club 400 ticket packages, fans experiencing Auto Club Speedway can also take advantage of free parking, bring in their own food, or partake in the unbelievable menu items on site as well as other cost-savings opportunities while enjoying a full day of entertainment and fun at a fantastic family value. For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(3-19-2016)

  • Eric Dane Named Auto Club 400 Grand Marshal: Eric Dane, the star of TNT's The Last Ship, has been named Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series on March 20, 2016 at Auto Club Speedway. As Grand Marshal, Dane will give the command "Drivers, start your engines" to the 39-car field. As an Honorary Race Official, Dane will be involved with pre-race ceremony activities including driver introductions and special NASCAR awards. He will be joined by Miss Sprint Cup, Jon Foreman of Switchfoot, Kevin Ortiz, Regional Mexican Artist, John Lynch, NFL on FOX, Nine Time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl Champ, and USMC Staff Sergeant Charlie Linville. Dane is currently in production on Season 3 on "The Last Ship" from executive producer Michael Bay. He plays Capt. Tom Chandler on the series which has the full cooperation of The US Navy, and was the #1 new cable series of 2014. To purchase tickets to race weekend call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to autoclubspeedway.com, or visit the Auto Club Speedway Ticket Office.(ACS)(3-17-2016)

  • USMC Staff Sergeant Charlie Linville named Auto Club Honorary Starter: U.S. Marine and Hero, USMC Staff Sergeant Charlie Linville, will serve as Honorary Starter for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. As Honorary Starter, Staff Sergeant Linville will wave the green flag to start the Auto Club 400, and watch the stock cars take their first lap on one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit. As an Honorary Race Official, Linville will be involved with pre-race ceremony activities including driver introductions and special NASCAR awards. On January 20, 2011, while conducting an IED sweep in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, USMC Staff Sergeant Linville was blasted several yards into the air by a tertiary explosive device. By the time he landed in the blast crater, he had suffered devastating injuries to his right foot and hand. By summer of 2013, despite over a year of attempts at rehabilitation, he lost his right foot to an amputation below the knee. After the NASCAR Auto Club 400, he will climb Mount Everest in April and will become the first combat wounded veteran to summit the world's biggest mountain. Linville partnered with The Heroes Project that leads mountaineering expeditions with gravely wounded veterans and active service members, enabling them to rediscover their strength and pride by scaling the world's most challenging summits. To purchase tickets to race weekend call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to autoclubspeedway.com, or visit the Auto Club Speedway Ticket Office.(ACS)(3-17-2016)

  • Students will get their day at Auto Club Speedway: If NASCAR is returning to Auto Club Speedway this weekend, so are nearly 500 eighth grade students from 17 schools in San Bernardino County on Friday as part of the seventh S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Day. In addition to viewing practice for Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series cars, the students will get a first-hand experience on why science, technology, engineering and mathematics are important to the motorsports community through a series of hands-on activities. Richard Petty Motorsports driver #43-Aric Almirola is scheduled to be the guest speaker.(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)(3-17-2016)

  • Brad Keselowski & Kyle Busch to be honored at Auto Club Speedway: Brad Keselowski, winner of the 2015 NASCAR Auto Club 400, and Kyle Busch, winner of the 2014 Auto Club 400, will be inducted into Auto Club Speedway's Walk of Fame on Friday, March 18, 2016: Kyle Busch at 9:40am and Brad Keselowski at 1:00pm. The Walk of Fame is located outside the O'Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone at Gate B of Auto Club Speedway. To purchase tickets to NASCAR Auto Club 400 race weekend, call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(3-16-2016)

  • TreatMyClot.com sponsoring XFINITY race at Auto Club Speedway: Auto Club Speedway announced that TreatMyClot.com will serve as title sponsor for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Race on Saturday, March 19, 2016. The race will be known as the TreatMyClot.com 300. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is sponsoring the NASCAR Xfinity Series race, TreatMyClot.com 300, during Blood Clot Awareness Month with driver Brian Vickers to help raise awareness about blood clot signs, symptoms and treatment. Vickers has partnered with Janssen for the past three years to raise awareness about blood clots by sharing his own personal story. Blood clots impact about 900,000 Americans each year. To further support the health and well-being of our communities, beyond Janssen's sponsorship of the race, on Sunday Brian will race the #14 Janssen Arnie's Army Charitable Foundation Chevrolet in support of his friend, and Janssen's partner, legendary golfer Mr. Arnold Palmer. Arnie's Army has been entrusted to continue Arnold Palmer's legacy of philanthropy by supporting institutions and organizations that help youth, families and the communities in which we live.(Auto Club Speedway)(3-14-2016)

  • Switchfoot to perform National Anthem at Auto Club Speedway: SoCal native alternative rock band, Switchfoot, will sing the National Anthem and headline the pre-race concert on the O'Reilly Auto Parts Main Stage at 10:15am on Sunday, March 20, just before the NASCAR Auto Club 400 race gets underway at Auto Club Speedway. Switchfoot traces its roots to the beaches of San Diego and are currently working on their 10th studio album. Fans will hear alternative radio hit singles like "Meant to Live," "Dare You To Move," "Mess of Me," "Dark Horses," and "Afterlife". With a race ticket, fans will have access to the O'Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone that includes the Switchfoot concert, NASCAR driver autograph sessions, Lefty's Kids Zone, freestyle motocross stunt show demonstrations, vendors, and to shop Fanatics "Trackside Superstore" - a 50,000 square-foot store - with a breadth of product unmatched anywhere else as well as specific sections for most drivers and dedicated specialty shops for ladies, kids and collectables.(Auto Club Speedway)(2-4-2016)

  • Batman v. Superman Themed ACS Ticket Package Released: Just days before the highly-anticipated "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" film, Auto Club Speedway is the only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series track for fans to watch two of the world's greatest Super Heroes, Batman and Superman, join forces with #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #48-Jimmie Johnson during the March 20 NASCAR Auto Club 400 race. Earnhardt's paint scheme will showcase the Batman emblem and textures of the Caped Crusader's suit, while Johnson's car will feature the iconic S-shield and Superman suit textures. Additionally, Earnhardt and Johnson will wear custom-designed fire suits during the race weekend that feature the respective Super Hero logos. Auto Club Speedway has unveiled a special Batman v Superman ticket package featuring Dale Jr. for $88.00. During the race weekend, fans of all ages will also enjoy "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" themed activities, select costumes from the film and giveaways in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Zone. The Batman v Superman Dale Jr. Ticket Package for $88.00 is offered for a limited time through March 10, 2016. Ticket package available online at autoclubspeedway.com/dalejr or call 800-944-7223.(ACS)(2-4-2016)

  • Auto Club Speedway unveils private, fine-dining, club experience: It is Auto Club Speedway's honor to put the name 'Richter' on one of the most distinguished clubs in Southern California. Because, in life, 'Coach' was both. With Les Richter in mind, Auto Club Speedway will unveil an exclusive, high-end private club which will provide its 60-80 members the ultimate business and entertainment environment, not just on NASCAR Weekend, but year-round. The décor features a collection of racing memorabilia and historical photos of Auto Club Speedway. The Speedway's marquee club will offer a unique dining experience on race-day, offering all-inclusive upscale food and beverage in a high-class pit road setting offering incredible views overlooking the start finish line. It's someplace that no doubt, Richter himself would be delighted to spend time in. To attend a special preview event or to purchase tickets call 909-429-5306 or www.autoclubspeedway.com/Richters.(ACS)(2-3-2016)

  • Race fans can take Metrolink FREE to Auto Club Speedway: Race fans can take Metrolink FREE to Auto Club Speedway's Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on March 20, 2016. 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 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. Train routes, stops and more info at autoclubspeedway.com. 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. The Auto Club Speedway Metrolink Train Service is a joint demonstration project made possible in part by Clean Transportation Funding from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC). The MSRC's mission is to fund projects that reduce air pollution to meet the region's clean air goals. Over its 22-year history, the MSRC has assisted organizations throughout the Southland in removing as much as 8,000 tons of harmful pollutants from the air through innovative programs designed to reduce air pollution from mobile sources. The primary focus of the MSRC is to reduce air pollution from mobile sources. The partnership between the MSRC, Metrolink and the Auto Club 400 does exactly that. This effort helps advance the MSRC's mission to reduce harmful emissions from mobile sources and provides a stress-free option for race fans to get to the California freeway by avoiding traffic delays. To purchase race and train tickets or for information on the Auto Club Speedway train schedule, call Auto Club Speedway at (800) 944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway Ticket Office.(ACS)(1-31-2016)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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)

  • California Speedway to change name UPDATE: In a landmark development within the motorsports industry, California Speedway will announce a deal with the Automobile Club of Southern California for the naming rights to the 11-year-old track. The agreement is for 10 years, but no financial terms have been released. According to industry sources, the deal is estimated to be worth between $50 to $75 million. "This will redefine track licensing," said Speedway president Gillian Zucker, who will preside over today's press conference along with Tom McKernan, president and CEO of the Auto Club. "It's a powerful platform, very unique. This will be more than a signage and media deal." Under the terms of the agreement, the official name of the track that first opened in 1997 will be the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California. The Auto Club already had a presence at the Fontana facility. Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race is the Auto Club 500 and the Speedway's drag strip was christened the Auto Club Dragway in 2007.(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)(2-21-2008)
    UPDATE: International Speedway Corporation and the Automobile Club of Southern California-the nation's largest member of the AAA federation-today unveiled details of a new partnership. At a trackside press conference, Speedway President Gillian Zucker and Auto Club CEO Tom McKernan announced the re-naming of the state's premier motorsports facility as the Auto Club Speedway of Southern California. The new partnership will place a premium on enhancing the fan experience at the Auto Club Speedway, with special initiatives aimed at Auto Club members, and a series of capital improvements that will make the racetrack more comfortable, accessible and enjoyable. Detailed plans are still being developed, but as soon as this year, fans can expect to see new escalators, increased shade, new misting zones, and new interactive fan-friendly elements incorporating new technologies. The Auto Club and its affiliated insurance company will use the Speedway facilities to expand development of automotive technology and driver safety initiatives. Activities will include testing at the Speedway to evaluate new automobile equipment and performance characteristics, and the opening of new Auto Club Teen and Mature Driver Schools at the track. The Auto Club Dragway, located on the north side of the Speedway facility, will continue as a site for the National Hot Rod Association street legal drag racing program, offering Southern Californians a safe alternative to illegal street racing.(California Speedway)(2-23-2008)


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