Honorary Starter named for Auto Club 400: Kristy Swanson, best known for her role as Buffy in the 1992 film Buffy the Vampire Slayer and currently appearing in USA Network’s American detective comedy-drama television series Psych, will serve as Honorary Starter for the Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 25. As Honorary Starter, Swanson will wave the green flag to get the Auto Club 400 underway. In addition to her acting skills, Swanson showed off her driving skills on Friday at Auto Club Speedway in the first-annual DRIVE4COPD Pro-Am Celebrity Racing Challenge to benefit the millions of Americans living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Swanson was the only female on the winning team which included Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner, X Games medalist Todd Potter, actor Bill Fichtner and NFL and reality star Hank Baskett. To purchase tickets to the Auto Club Speedway race weekend call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway Ticket Office.(Auto Club Speedway)(3-24-2012)
The Three Stooges [from the new movie] named Grand Marshals of Auto Club 400: World renowned knuckleheads Larry, Moe and Curley – The Three Stooges – will serve as Grand Marshals for the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. As Grand Marshals, The Three Stooges will give the command, “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines,” to the 43-car field of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In The Three Stooges, which hits theaters everywhere April 13, 2012, newborns Larry, Moe and Curley are left on the doorstep of an orphanage run by nuns. The boys grow up finger-poking, nyuk-nyuk-nyuking and woo-woo-wooing their way to uncharted levels of knuckleheaded misadventure. Out to save their childhood home, only The Three Stooges could become embroiled in an oddball murder plot…while stumbling into starring in a phenomenally successful TV reality show. Stars in the movie include Sean Hayes as Larry; Will Sasso as Curley; and Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe. To see the Three Stooges get Sunday’s race underway, call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(3-23-2012)
Night Ranger to perform concert and sing National Anthem at ACS: Auto Club Speedway announced that rock sensation Night Ranger, celebrating their 30th anniversary, will perform on the Discover FanZone Entertainment Stage (10am) as well as the National Anthem prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race on Sunday, March 25. Tickets to the Auto Club 400, which include the Night Ranger live pre-race performance, start as low as $30. Supporting their latest album 'Somewhere In California' released around the world in 2011 and fresh off a world tour with Journey and Foreigner with over 95 shows on 5 continents in 2011, Night Ranger, who have sold 17 million albums worldwide, truly epitomizes the sound of the 80’s while at the same time transcending it. The band brings their guitar-crunching, melodic brand of Hard Rock into the 21st century with unparalleled talent, energy and creativity.
Night Ranger’s legendary hits "Sister Christian," "(You Can Still) Rock in America," and "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band’s inception. Night Ranger’s contributions are featured in multiple entertainment realms, including the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages" and hit videogame series "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero." The band has also been recognized in such significant films and television shows as Boogie Nights and American Dad.
The remaining founding members of the band have impressive resumes. Jack Blades was also in the supergroup Damn Yankees with Ted Nugent and Tommy Shaw, with whom he also released the now classic Hallucination album and the more recent Influence. His songwriting credits include Aerosmith, Cher, Alice Cooper and Ozzy, to name just a few. Brad Gillis appeared on Ozzy’s Speak of the Devil live album, while drummer Kelly Keagy has had a successful solo career of his own. Other members include Joel Hoekstra on guitar and vocals and Eric Levy on keyboards.(ACS), Night Ranger Replaces The All-American Rejects for the concert and JoJo as the singer of the National Anthem, no word why the All-American Rejects or JoJo were replaced.(3-21-2012)
Auto Club 400 National Anthem singer announced: JoJo, the youngest artist to ever reach #1 at the Top 40 Radio Format and the youngest solo artist to have a #1 song on Billboard Charts (both at age 13), will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 25. The now 21-year-olds newest album, her third, Jumping Trains, is scheduled for release this year. Named after one of her favorite songs on the upcoming Interscope Records project, says JoJo, “moving from Boston to L.A., transitioning from being a girl to being a young woman, living on my own, taking a different direction sonically, and just really finding myself and just jumping into a new chapter of life.” For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway ticket office.(ACS)(3-16-2012)
Auto Club Speedway to have hauler parade: Everyone loves a parade - especially a NASCAR Hauler parade. To help get the Auto Club 400 Weekend underway, March 23-25, the spectacle of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hauler Parade will make its way to Auto Club Speedway from Citizens Business Bank Arena (4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario) through Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. Along the parade route, NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray (#1 Bass Pro Shops Chevy) will make an appearance at the NASCAR Hauler Festival at Bass Pro Shops (7777 Victoria Gardens Ln, Rancho Cucamonga) from 6-7p.m. Stretching nearly an entire mile from the first hauler to the last, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hauler Parade will make its way to Auto Club Speedway around 7 p.m. For more information about the Hauler Parade and to purchase tickets to the Auto Club 400, call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(3-13-2012)
All-American Rejects to perform at Auto Club Speedway Auto Club Speedway announced that rock sensation The All-American Rejects will perform on the DiscoverIE FanZone Entertainment Stage prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race on Sunday, March 25 at 10:15 a.m. Tickets to the Auto Club 400, which include The All-American Rejects live pre-race performance, start as low as $35. Their newest album, Kids in the Street is scheduled for release March 26. The All-American Rejects first single, "Beekeeper's Daughter" along with the rest of the tracks on Kids In The Street, was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Greg Wells, who is known for his work with Adele, Katy Perry, and OneRepublic, among many others. The All-American Rejects are scheduled to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, March 27. After their spring tour, The All-American Rejects join Blink-182 on the road and make a return visit to Bamboozle Saturday, May 19.(ACS)(3-10-2012)
Auto Club Speedway salutes law enforcement: Auto Club Speedway and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and have teamed up to offer all law enforcement officers, employees, friends and families a full day of NASCAR racing while honoring officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty. A special Law Enforcement Appreciation ticket package for the March 25th Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway is available to all law enforcement officers, employees and their friends and families. For every Law Enforcement Appreciation ticket sold, $10 will be donated to the Memorial Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. "This is a great opportunity for the law enforcement community to get together and have some fun, while also remembering those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty," said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the Memorial Fund. "We're thrilled to partner with the Auto Club Speedway to offer this special package to the law enforcement community. It should be a great day of camaraderie and entertainment for law enforcement professionals and those who support them." The Memorial Fund’s mission is to generate increased public support for the law enforcement profession by permanently recording and appropriately commemorating the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers, and to provide information that will help promote law enforcement safety.
The Law Enforcement Appreciation ticket package is just $59 (a $109 value) and includes:
Reserved Grandstand Ticket rows 1-14 (upgrade available)
Pre-Race Pit Pass
$10 donation to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
A special edition NLEOMF Challenge Coin
In addition to the Law Enforcement Appreciation ticket package, Auto Club Speedway offers free parking and allows fans to bring in their own food, making race weekend an incredible value full of fun and entertainment. To purchase this special offer, visit www.autoclubspeedway.com/law, visit the Auto Club Speedway Ticket office at 9300 Cherry Ave., Fontana, CA 92335 or call (888) 849-RACE (7223). This package expires on March 16.(ACS)(2-14-2012)
Ride Metrolink Trains to Auto Club 400: Race fans looking for a stress-free, convenient and affordable way to get to Auto Club Speedway’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race need not look any further! Auto Club Speedway has partnered with Metrolink to provide direct train service to the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 25 at Auto Club Speedway. “Auto Club Speedway and Metrolink are excited to team together to provide race fans an affordable and convenient transportation option to the Auto Club 400 in March,” said Speedway President Gillian Zucker. “In this economy everybody likes a bargain. For our race fans, there aren’t many better than this one.” Metrolink will operate three charter 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. More details about train routes, stops included, tickets and approved carry-in items, go to: at autoclubspeedway.com.(Auto Club Speedway)(2-7-2012)
Auto Club Speedway offers Valentine's Day ticket special: It's a Valentine's Day gift that both of you will love, spending time together at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 25. Whether you and your loved one are sitting side by side watching 43 of the world's best drivers battle for a trip to Gatorade Victory Lane; taking a stroll down pit road where race teams are getting ready for the big race; positioned front and center of the pre-race stage for driver introductions or listening to your favorite drivers talk with their crew chiefs on the scanner… It will be a memorable experience that you'll have together. The Valentine's Day ticket package is an incredible deal for just $99 (a $225 value) and includes: a pair of tickets to the Auto Club 400 (rows 1-14) on Sunday, March 25; a pair of Pre-Race Pit Passes; and Scanner Rental with a pair of headphones In addition to the Valentine's Day ticket package, Auto Club Speedway offers free parking and allows fans to bring in their own food, making race weekend an incredible value full of fun and entertainment. The Valentine's Day ticket package is available now through February 14, while supplies last. So don't let this package get away. For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway Ticket Office.(ACS)(2-3-2012)
Every Tuesday in January Means a Free Kazoo for fans: Auto Club Speedway’s $35 Ticket Tuesday started Jan 3s today and NASCAR race fans who take advantage of one of the most unique and most talked about ticket promotions, will receive a FREE kazoo for each $35 ticket purchased on any Tuesday in January to celebrate National Kazoo Day. In addition to National Kazoo Day in January, Auto Club Speedway will celebrate National Bubblegum Day in February and National Make Your Own Holiday Day in March. Each Tuesday during the months of January, February and March, Auto Club Speedway will give away “extra goodies” to anyone who mentions “Ticket Tuesday” when purchasing a $35 ticket to the Auto Club 400 on March 25. But hurry, these extra incentives are sure to go quickly. Call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit the Speedway ticket office on Tuesday’s between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. And for numerous ticket packages starting as low as $35 visit www.autoclubspeedway.com or call 800-944-RACE (7223).(Auto Club Speedway)(1-4-2012)
Auto Club Speedway Holiday Ticket Packages expire on Dec 30: Purchasing Auto Club Speedway’s Holiday Ticket Packages should be a no brainer for those special NASCAR and INDYCAR fans in your life. With the highly anticipated return of 5-wide NASCAR racing and the thrill of record-setting INDYCAR open-wheel racing under the lights, the Holiday Ticket Packages offer some of the best deals around for Auto Club Speedway’s 2012 NASCAR and INDYCAR races. But you must act now! The holidays are fast approaching and these deals are set to expire on December 30, while supplies last. For more information or to purchase the best seats available visit the Auto Club Speedway ticket office, located at 9300 Cherry Ave. in Fontana, call 800-944-RACE (7223) or log on to autoclubspeedway.com/holiday.(ACS)(12-27-2011)
Auto Club Speedway Holiday Ticket Packages expire on December 30: Purchasing Auto Club Speedway's Holiday Ticket Packages should be a no brainer for those special NASCAR and INDYCAR fans in your life. With the highly anticipated return of 5-wide NASCAR racing and the thrill of record-setting INDYCAR open-wheel racing under the lights, the Holiday Ticket Packages offer some of the best deals around for Auto Club Speedway's 2012 NASCAR and INDYCAR races. But you must act now. The holidays are fast approaching and these deals are set to expire on December 30, while supplies last. The Holiday Ticket Packages include:
Holiday NASCAR Hot Lap Pack- $74 (a $134 value)
• One (1) - Lower reserved grandstand seat (rows 1-14) to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race on Sunday, March 25, 2012
• One (1) - Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-Along where you'll ride shotgun in a 2-seat NASCAR race car driven by a professional instructor for a 3-lap qualifying run.
INDYCAR Holiday Offer - $55 (an $85 value)
• One (1) - GA ticket to the IZOD IndyCar Series Race on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012
• One (1) - Weekend Pit/Paddock Pass
• One (1) - Scanner rental
(Auto Club Speedway)(12-20-2011)
Auto Club Speedway askes for support with the Kazoo: Did you know that the kazoo was invented over 160 years ago in the USA? Ever since then fans young and old have been campaigning to make it the official musical instrument of America. Now is the time to step-up and do your part. By participating in “$35 Ticket Tuesdays” in January Auto Club Speedway will hand over a FREE kazoo, but it is up to you to tell the world how awesome it is!
In addition to National Kazoo Day in January, Auto Club Speedway will celebrate National Bubblegum Day in February and National Make Your Own Holiday Day in March. Each Tuesday during the months of January, February and March, Auto Club Speedway will give away “extra goodies” to anyone who mentions “Ticket Tuesday” when purchasing a $35 ticket to the Auto Club 400 on March 25. But hurry, these extra incentives are sure to go quickly.
Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3, be the first to take advantage of one of the most unique and what has become one of the most talked about ticket promotions. These offers are sure to be all the rage among NASCAR fans and will be available for a limited time only. Get your goodies – while supplies last – by calling 800-944-RACE (7223) or visiting the Speedway ticket office on Tuesday’s between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
During the month of January, to celebrate National Kazoo Day on January 28: Buy a $35 ticket on any Tuesday in January and you will get your very own kazoo - feel free to start your own band. When you are a big-time kazoo playing star don’t forget who got you started. During the month of February, to celebrate National Bubblegum Day on February 3: Buy a $35 ticket on any Tuesday in February and receive a pack of bubblegum. Did you know that according to the Guinness Book of World Records the largest bubblegum bubble ever blown is 20 inches in diameter?
· During the month of March, we celebrate National Make Your Own Holiday Day on March 26: Buy a $35 ticket on any Tuesday in March and receive our assurance that we will fully support a special day of any kind or any holiday you decide to make up (within reason) – especially if you make the day “National Auto Club Speedway Day!”(ACS)(12-15-2011)
Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals at Auto Club Speedway: Auto Club Speedway is sharing its holiday spirit with you. Purchase a ticket to Auto Club Speedway’s NASCAR or INDYCAR races between Black Friday (Nov. 25) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 28) and we’ll put a little jingle back in your pocket with NO SERVICE FEES on ANY tickets purchased during that period. The holiday cheer doesn’t stop there. For a limited time, Auto Club Speedway is offering special Holiday Ticket Packages, for more information, go to autoclubspeedway.com.(11-22-2011)
Molly Ringwald named Honorary Starter of California Nationwide Race: Actress Molly Ringwald will serve as Honorary Starter for the Royal Purple 300 NNS race at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, March 26. As Honorary Starter, Ringwald will wave the green flag to get the Royal Purple 300 underway. Race fans can also watch Ringwald on the breakout hit "The Secret Life of the American Teenager", which airs on Mondays at 8/7c on ABC Family. In addition to being an actress and author, Ringwald recently finished recording her first album with her jazz band which they hope to release in 2011.(ACS)(3-26-2011)
Howie Mandel named Grand Marshal for Fontana NNS race: Howie Mandel, judge of "America's Got Talent" and host of game-show "Deal or No Deal" will serve as Grand Marshal for NASCAR's NNS Series race - the Royal Purple 300 - at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, March 26. As Grand Marshal, Mandel will give the most famous command in racing, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines." Mandel is the host and executive producer of the upcoming Fox special MOBBED, an unscripted show that puts a hidden-camera spin on the "flash mob" concept. And, this summer he returns as a judge on NBC's hit talent competition series "America's Got Talent" alongside Sharon Osborne and Piers Morgan. Mandel recently received an Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Reality/Competition Host" for "Deal or No Deal" and a Daytime Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Game Show Host" for the syndicated version of the show.(ACS)(3-25-2011)
David Archuleta performing National Anthem at Fontana NNS race: Auto Club Speedway announced that American Idol Season 7 finalist David Archuleta will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the Royal Purple 300 NNS race at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, March 26. Archuleta's rendition of the National Anthem and the Royal Purple 300 will broadcast live on ESPN at 2:30 p.m. PT. Following American Idol, Archuleta released "Crush," the first single from his self-titled debut album, which charted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of its 2008 release and has since sold over two million downloads.(ACS)(3-25-2011)
Richard Marx to sing National Anthem for Auto Club 400: Singer-songwriter Richard Marx, who has sold over 30 million albums and written thirteen #1 hits, will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday. For more than two decades, Richard Marx has made an indelible mark on the music community and remained a fixture on pop and adult contemporary radio for years as an artist and producer working with some of the biggest names in the music business. Since his career began in 1987, Marx has made a commitment to giving back. He has performed benefit concerts for many organizations, including the TJ Martell Foundation, Toys For Tots, Make A Wish Foundation, the American Cancer Society, Best Buddies, and the Special Olympics.
For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway ticket office.(ACS)(3-23-2011)
Sugar Ray Leonard name Honorary Starter at Auto Club Speedway: Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard will serve as Honorary Starter for the Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 27. As Honorary Starter, Leonard will wave the green flag to get the Auto Club 400 underway. Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the legendary sports icons of the 20th century whose very name epitomizes boxing and conjures the image of a champion. In 1976 Leonard took the boxing gold medal home in the Olympic Games and won his inaugural fight as a professional the following year. In addition to the middleweight title, Leonard went on to win welterweight, junior middleweight, super middleweight, and light heavyweight titles.(ACS)(3-23-2011)
Christian Slater named Auto Club 400 Grand Marshal: Actor Christian Slater, star of the upcoming FOX comedy “Breaking In”, will serve as Grand Marshal for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup race – the Auto Club 400 – at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, March 27. As Grand Marshal, Slater will give the command, “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines,” to the 43-car field of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. With an impressive career that spans the worlds of film, television and stage, Slater has established himself as one of the most talented actors of his generation. “Breaking In”, is an offbeat workplace comedy about a high-tech security firm that takes extreme – and often questionable – measures to sell its protection services. It centers on a team of uniquely skilled oddball geniuses hand-picked to work for OZ (Slater), a larger-than-life head honcho who is a man of mystery and master of manipulation. ”Breaking In” premieres Wednesday, April 6 (9:30/8:30c) following ”American Idol.” For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway ticket office.(ACS)(3-22-2011)
Legendary Latin Rock Musicians to perforam at Auto Club Speedway: Newly formed rock group Undercover, will perform on the DiscoverIE FanZone Entertainment Stage prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race on Sunday, March 27 from 8:30 to 9:15 am at Auto Club Speedway. Undercover band members include legendary Latino rock musicians that have been entertaining fans for years. Lead guitarist, El Vampiro, has been an integral part of Mexico’s most popular rock band MANÁ, where he played thousands of sold out shows all over the world. He most recently played with Jaguares, another one of Mexico’s widely popular rock bands. Mauricio Claveria, who played drums for the legendary Chilean rock band, LA LEY, showcases his musical passion through his drum skills for Undercover. On the bass guitar, Poncho Toledo is best known for playing with Mexican band La Lupita, a group well known for crossing musical boundaries. Finally, providing the vocals for this powerhouse is Serralde, who began his singing and songwriting career in 2001 with his album titled “No Hay na’ Mejor” where it peaked on Billboard’s Top 10. In 2005, Serralde released his second album, “Serralde”, which topped the charts at #1 in the United States and Puerto Rico.
In addition to the Latin sounds of Undercover, race fans will be able to enjoy a full weekend of Viva La Fiesta, the Latino festival area located near Gate 14 in the Auto Club Speedway DiscoverIE FanZone. Enjoy great tacos, burritos and salsas from King Taco. Listen to the traditional Mexican melodies of Mariachi Torres de Mexico, a live mariachi band on the Viva La Fiesta stage throughout the weekend. For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway ticket office.(ACS)(3-22-2011)
NASCAR Hauler parade in California - March 24th: To help get the Auto Club 400 Weekend underway, the spectacle of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hauler Parade will make its way to Auto Club Speedway from Citizens Business Bank Arena through Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana, beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. Stretching nearly an entire mile from the first hauler to the last, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hauler Parade will make its way to Auto Club Speedway around 7 p.m. To see where the convoy will travel view the parade route at autoclubspeedway.com/HaulerParade.(ACS)(3-19-2011)
Free event to all Auto Club 400 ticket holders: Fans attending the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 27 will not only experience NASCAR’s return to Southern California, but they can also take part in the Coca-Cola Family Track Walk where they’ll take a lap on foot around the very same track where NASCAR drivers will race 5-wide exceeding speeds of 200 mph later in the day. Free for all Auto Club 400 ticket holders, the Coca-Cola Family Track Walk begins at 9 am with a Q&A with Coca-Cola drivers Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip. Following the Q&A is the walk around the 2-mile, D-shape oval. There will be plenty more activities for the whole family, including games, music, special events including a scavenger hunt, Story Time with NASCAR driver Greg Biffle, the opportunity to win special prizes and much more before the Auto Club 400 gets underway. Auto Club Speedway also offers free parking and allows fans to bring in their own food and beverages, making race weekend an incredible value full of fun and entertainment. Tickets to the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 27 start as low as $35 and AAA members receive Show Your Card & Save discounts, including a special section with half-priced tickets for kids 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway ticket office.(ACS)(3-14-2011)
Good Charlotte to perform at Auto Club: Auto Club Speedway announced that multi-platinum rock sensation Good Charlotte will perform on the DiscoverIE FanZone Entertainment Stage prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race on Sunday, March 27. Tickets to the Auto Club 400, which include the Good Charlotte live pre-race performance, start as low as $35.
Good Charlotte band members – vocalist Joel Madden, guitarist Benji Madden, guitarist Billy Martin, bassist Paul Thomas and drummer Dean Butterworth – have sold 10 million records and scored numerous mainstream radio hits including “Like It’s Her Birthday,” “The Anthem,” “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” “Hold On” and “Girls and Boys.” Get the Good Charlotte ticket package before it expires on Friday, March 18, or while supplies last. For more information or to purchase the Good Charlotte ticket package, call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway Ticket Office.(ACS)(3-11-2011)
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Ticket at Auto Club: Auto Club Speedway and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation have teamed together to offer race fans an exclusive ticket/hospitality race package to benefit the organization’s Foundation. Purchase a special $99 ticket to the March 27th Auto Club 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and receive:
· A lower reserved grandstand seat in rows 15-23 (upgrades available for an additional cost)
· Pre-race Pit Pass
· Admission to the NFFF hospitality pavilion (includes food and select beverages)
· Special guest appearances in the hospitality pavilion
· Commemorative ACS/NFFF navy blue event t-shirt
· Donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
· (Offer expires March 25, 2011 or while supplies last)
Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (firehero.org) to lead a nationwide effort to honor America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. Its mission is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives. Each October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the weekend activities held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The weekend features special programs for survivors and coworkers along with moving public ceremonies. Call 909-429-5037 or visit autoclubspeedway.com/nfff for more information on the special NFFF package.(ACS)(1-17-2011)
Auto Club 500 becomes Auto Club 400: NASCAR continues to listen and respond to its fans and as a result, they will be the beneficiary of more exciting NASCAR Sprint Cup racing when it comes to Southern California in March. Changing the mileage from 500 to 400 for Auto Club Speedway’s October event along with double file restarts resulted in an action-packed three hours that media, drivers and fans called “the best race ever at Auto Club Speedway.” With that feedback, ACS officials announced today that the Auto Club 500 will now be the Auto Club 400. The race will take place on Sunday, March 27. In response to the mileage change and the excitement that it likely will produce, Auto Club Speedway is offering several ways to see the 5-wide excitement of NASCAR at Southern California’s premier motorsports facility. For tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit autoclubspeedway.com for more information.(ACS)(1-11-2011)
Auto Club Speedway Celebrates ‘Nothing Day’, ‘Extraterrestrial Abduction Day’: In the past, Auto Club Speedway has given race fans who purchased tickets on “Ticket Tuesdays” such goodies as zucchinis, pirate hats and pizzas – all in an effort to help celebrate “National Days” like ‘Sneak a Zucchini onto Your Neighbors Porch Day’, ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day’ and ‘National Pizza with Everything (Except Anchovies) Day.’
Some have deemed our promotion ‘dumb’ (and that’s putting it nicely). So for all those who have that kind of attitude, purchase a $35 ticket any Tuesday in January and help us celebrate “National Nothing Day” on January 16th by getting NOTHING (except of course the ticket you purchase). That’s right, buy a ticket to the March 27th Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway and get no cupcakes, no tacos, no ice cream. You’ll get NOTHING and like it. More info and ticket packages starting as low as $35 visit autoclubspeedway.com or call 800-944-RACE (7223).(Auto Club Speedway)(1-11-2011)
Auto Club Speedway tix on sale Monday: Beginning Monday, Dec. 13th at 8:30 am/pt, race fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to Auto Club Speedway’s Auto Club 500 race on March 27th, 2011. Ticket prices range from $35 to $105 and include some of the best seats in the house. Visit the Auto Club Speedway ticket office, located at 9300 Cherry Ave. in Fontana, between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm/pt Monday through Friday, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or go to www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(12-13-2010)
Ticket transaction fees waived on Auto Club 500 tickets thru Cyber Monday: Auto Club Speedway is sharing its holiday spirit with you. Purchase a ticket to Auto Club Speedway’s Auto Club 500 between Black Friday (Nov. 26) and Cyber Monday (Nov. 29) and we’ll put a little jingle back in your pocket with NO SERVICE FEES and FREE SHIPPING on ANY ticket purchased during that time (a $12 savings per order on each), including our special “Holiday Package”. Fees will also be waived for those renewing their season tickets. Auto Club Speedway’s “Holiday Package” includes a grandstand ticket (rows 11-14) to the Auto Club 500 on March 27, a weekend pit pass to get an up close look as teams prepare for their Golden State debut and a certificate for a hot lap in the Auto Club Speedway car at a date to be determined – all for just $49 (a savings of over $40). Tickets prices range from $35 to $105. To purchase tickets to Southern California’s Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway, visit www.autoclubspeedway.com or call 800-944-RACE (7223).(ACS)(11-28-2010)
Auto Club Speedway offer Exclusive Tix Packages, only at Phoenix: Auto Club Speedway is taking a road trip to Phoenix, Ariz. for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, Nov. 11-14. Along for the ride are exclusive ticket packages only available for purchase at PIR for Auto Club Speedway’s Auto Club 500 race weekend, March 25-27, 2011… the only place to find five-wide racing on the NASCAR circuit. The Auto Club Speedway #10 Chevy showcar and display, along with Auto Club Speedway representatives, will be on-site at Gate 7 behind the Bryan Grandstands in the Phoenix International Raceway Midway offering exclusive Auto Club 500 ticket packages available for purchase only at the ACS display in the Phoenix International Raceway Midway and include:
· Garage Tour Pack - $165 per person
· Infield RV Package - $400
· Buy a Sunday ticket and get a Saturday general admission ticket or Pre-Race Pit Pass for FREE
Fans who visit the ACS display and purchase four or more tickets will receive a free gift. These offers expire at the drop of the green flag on Sunday Nov. 14, 2010. For more information on these exclusive Auto Club 500 ticket packages call 909-429-5134.(ACS)(11-13-2010)
California Gubernatorial candidate named Grand Marshall for Sunday: California Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman will serve as Grand Marshal for NASCAR’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race – the Pepsi MAX 400 – at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, Oct.10. As Grand Marshal, the former eBay President and CEO, will give the command, “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines,” to the 43-car field of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Through the years Whitman’s career led her to key executive positions at some of America’s best-known companies, including Disney, Stride Rite, FTD and Hasbro. In the fall of 1997 she met the founder of a tiny start-up company called eBay. She served as President and CEO from 1998-2008. When she joined eBay, the company had just $4.7 million in revenues and 30 employees; when she retired in March of 2008, ten years later, the company had nearly $8 billion in revenues and 15,000 employees worldwide.
Tickets: Race fans can be a part of all the Sunday action with tickets starting as low as $35 and many packages to choose from. 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 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com and be part of NASCAR in Southern California.(ACS)(10-8-2010)
ISC cuts jobs, keeps tightening belt: International Speedway Corp.[ISC] has cut more than 40 corporate positions -- all at its headquarters in Daytona, FL -- since announcing in August a company-wide initiative to reduce operational costs. The company's goal of reducing by 20% the size of its headquarters staff, which numbered 250 at the start of the year, has been met, said Dan Houser, ISC chief financial officer, said in a phone interview Thursday. Whether there will be additional job cuts will depend on the state of the economy, Houser said, although he added there are no further plans for staff reductions at this time. The company, hit by declining revenue because of the slow economy, has also responded by lowering ticket prices at its racetracks and putting some of its big development projects on hold, including its proposed entertainment/retail/dining complex across the street from Daytona International Speedway. ISC quietly severed ties late last year with the Baltimore-based developer that was to be a 50/50 partner in the planned Daytona Live! complex.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(10-8-2010)
NASCAR Hauler Parade at Auto Club Speedway: As if meeting NASCAR drivers and getting autographs wasn’t enough of a highlight for fans attending the Stater Bros. Racefest presented by Pepsi at Auto Club Speedway on Thursday, Oct. 7, add in a multi-city hauler parade and a chance to meet the likes of four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and Pepsi driver, Jeff Gordon. For the 6th year, Stater Bros. Supermarkets will sponsor this free event to the public (free admission and parking) which will be held in the DiscoverIE FanZone outside the front stretch and in the shadow of Auto Club Speedway.
Beginning at 6:15 pm on Thursday, Oct. 7, at Citizens Business Bank Arena, the spectacle of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hauler Parade will begin making its way to Auto Club Speedway through Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga and Fontana. Stretching nearly an entire mile from the first hauler to the last, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hauler Parade will make its way to Cherry Ave. and Auto Club Speedway’s main entrance around 7:00 pm Fans are expected to greet the haulers along the parade route, until the haulers make their final approach to the Auto Club Speedway DiscoverIE FanZone where all the Stater Bros. Racefest activities are taking place.
Stater Bros. Racefest is scheduled from 5 – 9 p.m.. In addition to the usual Racefest fare of driver autograph and Q&A sessions, a freestyle motocross stunt show with Rockstar Metal Mulisha, live music, rides, games, souvenir trailers and great food & beverages, this year’s event adds a few extra goodies for fans to enjoy. More info at autoclubspeedway.com.(10-6-2010)
Richard Petty added to Ford Racing Party Zone at Auto Club Speedway: "The King" Richard Petty has been added to the already impressive Ford Racing Party Zone lineup for Pepsi MAX 400 Weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Petty's Ford Racing Party Zone appearance is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 10 at 10:30a.m. In addition to "The King", Jack Roush will make a special appearance in the Ford Racing Party Zone fan hospitality tent during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff race weekend Oct. 9-10. Don't miss the chance to see these two legends of NASCAR reflect about their life - past, present and future. Joining "The King" and Roush in the Ford Racing Party Zone on Sunday, Oct. 10, will be NSCS Ford Racing Team drivers Elliott Sadler, Greg Biffle and AJ Allmendinger. By simply upgrading a grandstand ticket, fans can take their NASCAR race weekend experience to the next level. Admission to the Ford Racing Party Zone requires a valid grandstand ticket, in addition to the Ford Racing Party Zone upgrade at an additional charge. To purchase tickets, visit us online or by calling 800-944-RACE (7223).(ACS)(9-27-2010)
Kenny Loggins to perform at Auto Club Speedway: The Auto Club Speedway DiscoverIE FanZone will be transformed into a Danger Zone when Grammy Awarding-winning, singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins takes the DiscoverIE FanZone main stage prior to the Chase for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series playoff race - the Pepsi MAX 400 on Sunday, Oct. 10 at Auto Club Speedway. Tickets to the Pepsi MAX 400, which includes the Kenny Loggins live performance, start as low as $35. Those wanting an extra dose of Kenny Loggins, can experience his race day performance at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 10, and then again at his full concert at Pechanga Resort and Casino on Friday, Oct. 29 for just $60. Get your Kenny Loggins ticket package before it expires on Thursday, Oct. 7, or while supplies last. For more information or to purchase the Kenny Loggins ticket package, call 800-944-RACE (7223), log on to www.autoclubspeedway.com or visit the Auto Club Speedway Ticket Office.(ACS)(9-26-2010)
Time Limited to get some deals at Auto Club: Now is the time to get some of the best deals for NASCAR weekend at Auto Club Speedway October 8-10 before they soon expire. Experience the thrill of NASCAR, with special ticket packages offering a full weekend of world-class racing and entertainment before it’s too late.
Expires September 19: Kevin Harvick Ticket Package for Only $29
Expires September 24: 10/10/10 Wedding and Vow Renewal Ticket Packages
Expires September 28: Ticket Tuesday Offer
Expires September 30: First Time Fan Ticket Package for the Pepsi MAX 400 on Sunday, Oct. 10 for $99
Expires September 30: Thunder and Chrome Ticket Package for $85
Expires October 7: All Day Food Fest Ticket Add-On just $35 (ages 13 and over) or $20 (ages 12 and under)
Expires October 9: Ford Racing Party Zone Ticket Add-on
Expires October 9: Budweiser Block Party Ticket Package for $99
Available While Supplies Last: Show Your Card and Save and Auto Club Speedway Lefty’s Kids Club Members. For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(9-21-2010)
All Day Food Fest at Auto Club Speedway: On October 10, not only will NASCAR fans get their fill of "The Chase," they'll also get their fill of great food when the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup comes to Auto Club Speedway. For a limited time only, for just $35 (ages 13 and over) or $20 (ages 12 and under) fans can fill up on their favorite food as part of Auto Club Speedway's special all you can eat "All Day Food Fest" package. The advance purchase only package is available for the day of the Pepsi MAX 400 on Sunday, Oct. 10 at participating Auto Club Speedway concession stands scattered throughout the property. The "All Day Food Fest" package does not include a ticket to the race and all "All Day Food Fest" guests must have a valid grandstand admission or infield ticket to enjoy the all you can eat package. An "All Day Food Fest" wristband will be issued and is valid for (1) entrée, one (1) snack and one (1) non-alcoholic beverage each time through the line at participating locations and each pass is only valid for one person (no sharing). Hungry race fans must act now, as the All Day Food Fest package expires on Oct. 7.(ACS)(8-16-2010)
Auto Club Speedway will have one race for 2011: Auto Club Speedway will host one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend - March 25-27 - returning to its traditional spot on the schedule beginning in 2011. Speedway officials also continue to work in earnest to add events to the Speedway's race schedule in an effort to diversify on-track activity for the 2011 year. "Moving our Auto Club 500 event from February to March provides us the opportunity to show off the area's beautiful 'Chamber of Commerce' weather," said Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker. "Our staff and the thousands of Southern California loyal race fans look forward to the return of NASCAR's most talented drivers in both the Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series as well as Southern California's own four-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.(ACS)(8-10-2010)
2011 schedule changes will be "impactful": NASCAR appears ready to give its 2011 Sprint Cup schedule a facelift. CEO Brian France said before Sunday's race at Indianapolis that stock car's top series is in the "final throes" of completing next year's Cup slate and that it could feature some "impactful" changes. International Speedway Corp. is asking for a second race in Kansas, while Speedway Motorsports Inc. wants Las Vegas to get a second Cup date. SMI is also hoping to bring a Cup race to its 1.5-mile track in northern Kentucky.(Associated Press/ESPN.com)
AND: NASCAR's 2010 Sprint Cup schedule is expected to have a considerably different look next season, including the site of the season finale. Some changes are expected in response to requests from major track owners International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc., but several other race dates are believed to be in play. Several sources told the Observer and ThatsRacin.com on Sunday that changes being contemplated include the season's final race, now held at Miami-Homestead. That ISC-owned track could get the second race of the 2011 season. Auto Club Speedway currently occupies that spot on the schedule. The sources said two tracks figure in the options being considered to replace Homestead as host of the season's final race weekend: Las Vegas and Daytona. A Las Vegas finale could make it more convenient for fans, teams, media and others to attend NASCAR's season-ending awards events. Those events, held in New York City for years, moved to the desert gambling-and-resort city for the first time last year. A season finale at Daytona would add a second restrictor-plate race to the Chase for the Sprint Cup.(Charlotte Observer)(7-26-2010)
Scheduled changes, 3 tracks loses? 3 gain dates?: SPEED's Bob Dillner reported on the July 11th SPEED Report that rumors have Auto Club Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway with second race dates going to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway and Kentucky Speedway getting a Sprint Cup race. No word how this will shake up the Sprint Cup schedule, can be figured out a few different ways. Look for Atlanta Motor Speedway to keep it's Labor Day weekend date and doubtful Las Vegas would get a summer date with the heat there.(7-13-2010)
Some 2011 schedule speculation: It appears more likely than ever the 2011 Sprint Cup slate will have a much different look than it has in recent seasons. NASCAR acknowledged both SMI and ISC have requested realignment date changes for next year, and there are reports Kentucky and a second date for Las Vegas will be part of the SMI plan, at the expense of races in New Hampshire and Atlanta, and Kansas will gain a second NASCAR weekend when Auto Club Speedway gets stripped of its February date.(CBS Sports) to see what tracks have already confirmed their dates for next year, check out my 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 'tentative' Schedule page.(7-5-2010)
Rusty Wallace Racing Experience coming to Auto Club Speedway: Rusty Wallace announced the creation of The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, a racing-themed attraction set to open this August at Auto Club Speedway in San Bernardino County, California. The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience will offer fans the chance to drive authentic stock cars built to current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series specs. The majority of the vehicles in The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience stables have actually been raced in Sprint Cup competition. Reservations for The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience are now being accepted. Dates are currently available this September through December, with many more dates scheduled for 2011. For reservations, additional information and details on upcoming promotions at The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience, please visit racewithrusty.com or call 877.722.1232.(RWI PR)(7-3-2010)
Blue Angels to perform flyover at Auto Club Speedway: The world-renowned “Blue Angels” – the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron – will provide race fans with an aerial spectacle immediately following the National Anthem at the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR – the Auto Club 500 – on Feb. 21 at Auto Club Speedway. It is the first time the exclusive flying squadron will perform a flyover at the Speedway. Reaching speeds of 400 mph, the Blue Angels flyover will feature six blue and gold Boeing F/A-18 Hornets; the Delta formation will then fly back to Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif., where they are currently based for winter training.(ACS PR)(2-19-2010)
Andy Garcia named Grand Marshal for Auto Club 500: Actor, producer, director and composer/musician Andy Garcia will serve as Grand Marshal for NASCAR's 2010 West Coast Premiere - the Auto Club 500 - on Sunday, Feb. 21. As Grand Marshal, Garcia will give the command, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines," to the 43-car field of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Emmy, Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated Garcia (Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen), stars in the upcoming comedy film City Island, with Julianna Margulies ("The Good Wife"), Steven Strait (10,000 BC), Dominik García-Lorido (The Lost City), Ezra Miller ("Californication"), Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island).(ACS PR)(2-19-2010)
WWF's Steve Austin to wave green flag for Auto Club 500: Auto Club Speedway announced that former WWF wrestling superstar Steve Austin will serve as Honorary Starter for the Auto Club 500 on Sunday, Feb. 21. Austin, starring in the upcoming 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment film “Damage”, which will be released on DVD on March 23, will get NASCAR’s West Coast Premiere underway at 12noon/pt on Sunday. "Having been a NASCAR fan for years, it is a real honor to be chosen to waive the Green Flag at Sunday's race. I can think of no better place to introduce my upcoming FOX film DAMAGE than at the Auto Club Speedway in front of tens of thousands of screaming race fans!" For more information or to purchase tickets to the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(2-18-2010)
Auto Club Speedway Day in Los Angeles: Fans are invited to join #1-Jamie McMurray, the Daytona 500 Champion and Auto Club Speedway as Los Angeles city officials proclaim “Auto Club Speedway Day in L.A.” from the steps of L.A. City Hall on Thursday. Auto Club Speedway Day in L.A. will start (approx. 11:00 am/pt) at Los Angeles City Hall (200 N. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA) where McMurray will be available for a fan Q & A before he and Gillian Zucker, President of Auto Club Speedway receive a proclamation from L.A. City officials declaring Thursday, Feb. 18 “Auto Club Speedway Day L.A.” throughout the city of Los Angeles.
Following the proclamation ceremony, McMurray will board a double-decker tour bus with an exclusive group of Auto Club Speedway season ticket holders on his tour of Los Angeles. First stop (approx. 12:20 pm/pt), the newest entertainment campus, L.A. Live (800 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA). Here, McMurray will have a sit-down conversation on ESPN radio with two-time Los Angeles Lakers NBA Champion Mychal Thompson and his radio partner Andrew Siciliano. McMurray will then travel to East Los Angeles to visit L.A.’s #1 favorite authentic Mexican food chain, King Taco. At King Taco, (4504 E. 3rd St. Los Angeles, CA) he will enjoy a lunch and chat with fans and media (approx. 1:00 pm/pt).
Other stops and surprises are in the works and the tour will conclude with a return to L.A. City Hall. Fans are invited to show up at any of the stops to show support for McMurray as he gets ready for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race – the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway. To see McMurray race at Auto Club Speedway, fans can take advantage of many Auto Club 500 weekend ticket packages starting as low as $35 and fan hospitality packages to have breakfast with Dale Jr. or brunch with the “King” Richard Petty and so much more! For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(2-17-2010
Katharine McPhee to perform National Anthem at ACS: Singer, songwriter and actress Katharine McPhee will perform the National Anthem at the Auto Club 500 NSCS race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 21. Native Southern Californian, Katharine McPhee gained notoriety as the American Idol Fifth Season runner-up in 2006. Soon after, she released her first self-entitled solo album, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 in early 2007. Earlier this year, McPhee released her sophomore album Unbroken on Verve Forecast Records available in stores now. As an actress, McPhee can be seen in Adam Sandler's hit feature film, "House Bunny" and will be a guest on NBC's new TV comedy "Community," airing March 4th. For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(2-17-2010)
Styx to perform at Auto Club pre-race concert: On Sunday, Feb. 21, legendary rock band STYX will play a pre-race concert performance on the Opportunity, California FanZone main stage that same morning at Auto Club Speedway before the Auto Club 500. The band is scheduled to take stage at 10:15 am, but fans are encouraged to gather early to see one of the world’s most popular rock bands. Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman, Ricky Phillips and Chuck Panozzo (on occasion), have performed more live since ’99 than all of the previous years of its career combined. With big hit singles like Too Much Time on My Hands, Blue Collar Man, Come Sail Away and Renegade and classic albums like The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight and Cornerstone, one of music’s most enduring acts promises a masterful performance of classic rock hits. www.styxworld.com To see STYX and be part of the Auto Club 500 Weekend festivities, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com. Tickets start as low as $35.(ACS)(2-15-2010)
Near 70 degree temps at Auto Club Speedway: NASCAR fans from all 50 states are set to enjoy weekend festivities at Auto Club Speedway as near-70 temperatures are forecast to welcome fans ready to kick off two days of NASCAR premier racing, Feb. 19-21. Leading up to Friday’s activities, temperatures are forecast to reach into the mid-70s. Friday’s schedule has qualifying for Sunday’s Auto Club 500 set to begin at 3:30 local time as California native and four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson looks to take his second straight race at Auto Club Speedway after taking October’s Chase race at ACS.
Perfect weather is again on tap for Saturday which see’s NASCAR’s newest star Danica Patrick making her West Coast NASCAR stock car debut as she attempts to qualify for Saturday’s NNS event. Qualifying begins at 9:30 while the 150-lap main event is set for 2:30 local time. Kids 12 and under are free all day Saturday with a paid adult.
On Sunday, the culmination of weekend activities is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Auto Club 500, set to go green at Noon as inviting temperatures are forecast to continue throughout the day. “It’s great to see fans from all 50 states coming to Southern California to enjoy NASCAR racing at its best,” said Speedway President Gillian Zucker. “Auto Club Speedway and the greatest fans in sports continue to provide enormous economic impact to the region.”(ACS)(2-15-2010)
Reserve a Seat on Cable Car for Daytona 500 San Francisco Victory Tour: Thirty-five lucky fans have a chance to celebrate with the 2010 Daytona 500 champion on the 2nd annual San Francisco Victory Tour on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The winner of NASCAR’s Great American Race will be in San Francisco just three days after the big race and will be taken on a Victory Tour on-board a motorized cable car, beginning at North Vista Point at the Golden Gate Bridge at 12noon (PT). The Victory Tour will traverse the historic bridge, followed by stops at Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square, two of San Francisco’s most well-known areas. Race fans will follow the winner on the Victory Tour on a fan-only cable car, which will take the same route as the cable car that boasts the Daytona 500 winner. The tour will wind up at Willie Mays Plaza, home of the San Francisco Giants, for a fan rally and press conference at 12:45 p.m. Fans on the cable car will also receive preferred seating for the press conference.
For just $299, this once-in-a-lifetime package includes:
* One seat on the San Francisco Victory Tour Fan Cable Car
* One weekend pass for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 18-20
* One Pre-Race Pit and Track Pass (includes access to pits, pre-race festivities & driver intros on Sunday of race weekend)
* One Turn 9 Tailgater Parking Pass for all three days of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Weekend
Only 35 of these special ticket packages will be sold, so act fast to reserve yours by calling 800-870-RACE today! Upgrade options are also available for fans who have already purchased race tickets.(ACS)(2-14-2010)
Montoya Ticket package at Auto Club Speedway: Auto Club Speedway has teamed up with #42-Juan Pablo Montoya for a special ticket package that will surely give Southern California race fans something to smile about. Fans that purchase the JPM Formula Smiles Foundation Ticket Package for only $142 will smile knowing that $42 from each ticket package will be donated to Montoya’s Formula Smiles Foundation benefitting the disadvantaged children of Montoya’s native country of Colombia. In addition to the $42 donation to the Formula Smiles Foundation, the JPM Formula Smiles Foundation Ticket Package includes:
· Lower Grandstand Reserved Seat (rows 11 to 23) to the Auto Club 500 on Sunday, Feb. 21
· Exclusive Q&A Session with Juan Pablo Montoya prior the Auto Club 500 on Sunday, Feb. 21
· Pre-Race Pit Pass providing up close access to pre-race activities
· Commemorative gift and Parking Pass
The JPM Formula Smiles Foundation Ticket Package expires on Monday, Feb. 15, or while supplies last. For more information on the JPM Formula Smiles Foundation Ticket Package, visit autoclubspeedway.com/JuanPablo. As always, 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. Formula Smiles Foundation is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the United States, under status 501 c3, by Colombian racecar driver Juan Pablo Montoya and his wife Connie Freydell, which aims to improve, through sports, the quality of life of Colombian children in vulnerable situations.(Auto Club Speedway)(2-1-2010)
Train Service suspended for Auto Club race weekend: Due to current economic strains on thousands of race fans, Auto Club Speedway will not utilize METROLINK charter train service during the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR in February. However, tens of thousands of free parking spaces with easy access entrances await the throngs of race fans who will attend the Stater Bros. 300 NNS event on Saturday, Feb. 20 and the Auto Club 500 NSCS event on Sunday, Feb. 21 at Auto Club Speedway. “With the current economic downturn, there is very little demand for a service, no matter how convenient, that charges between $20 and $35 per person to ride the train,” said Speedway President Gillian Zucker. “We have plenty of on-site parking that is free and hope our fans will take full advantage.” For those now driving, in addition to free parking and easy access entrances, Auto Club Speedway has partnered with the Inland Empire’s MRN affiliate – KFROG – to make the trip a little easier. Fans making their way to Southern California’s Premier motorsports facility, can tune to 95.1 FM en route to the track for real time traffic updates and tips for easy entrance into the facility. For more information on the races at Auto Club Speedway, Feb. 19-21, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(1-25-2010)
“Hope for Haiti” drive-through fundraising event is underway at Auto Club Speedway: The “Hope for Haiti” drive-through fundraising event is underway at Auto Club Speedway. Southern Californian’s can join NBC4, Telemundo, the American Red Cross and Operation USA at Auto Club Speedway today until 6:30 pm/pt to help the Haitian relief efforts of the American Red Cross and Operation USA. Donations can be made in the form of cash or checks. Checks should be made payable to the American Red Cross/Haiti Relief or Operation USA/Haiti Relief. Donations can also be made online at redcross.org and opusa.org. Representatives from the two charitable organizations, the TV stations and Auto Club Speedway will be on hand to help collect the donations. Joining the effort are radio stations KFRG 95.1 FM and Exitos 93.9 FM and Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA.(ACS)(1-15-2010)
Fall race at Auto Club Speedway shortened UPDATE: NASCAR and International Speedway Corp., which owns the 2-mile speedway, today will announce the Oct. 10 event, fourth in the Chase, will be renamed and shortened from 500 miles. The race, sponsored by Pepsi since 2008, will be known as the Pepsi Max 400 on the 2010 Sprint Cup schedule. "As fans well know, conversations with NASCAR in regard to making Auto Club Speedway the most competitive track possible for NASCAR racing have been ongoing," said Gillian Zucker, Speedway president, in a prepared statement. "The results of some changes made by NASCAR - such as double-file restarts and tire changes - were seen at our inaugural Chase race, arguably one of the best races ever at the Speedway. This additional change to 400 miles is further evidence of NASCAR's commitment to racing excitement and to Southern California race fans." The previous 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Fontana had all been 500 miles (250 laps). However, 400-mile races were a staple at now-defunct Riverside International Raceway until 1980. At that point, until its closure in 1988, the race distances were measured in kilometers. With 50 laps lopped off, it will change the strategy of the competitors and will eliminate at least one fuel stop. As the double-file restarts demonstrated in 2009, race leaders are all bunched up after caution periods. There was no word about ticket prices and how they'll reflect the shorter distances.(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)(1-13-2010)
UPDATE: Auto Club Speedway and NASCAR officials today announced that the Speedway’s October Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race – the Pepsi 500 – will now be 400 miles, rather than 500. Track officials also announced that the race, sponsored by Pepsi since 2008, will be re-branded the Pepsi Max 400. 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. To purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(Auto Club Speedway)(1-14-2010)
The Dale Jr & Danica Ticket Package: Auto Club Speedway announced a limited number of the Dale Jr. and Danica Patrick ticket packages have been released in anticipation of Danica Patrick making her NASCAR Nationwide Series debut during Auto Club Speedway’s Stater Bros. 300 for JR Motorsports on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010. For only $88 (a $140 value), the Dale Jr. and Danica Patrick ticket package includes:
· Saturday general admission seat to the NNS Stater Bros 300 race and qualifying*
· Sunday lower reserved grandstand seat to the NSCS Auto Club 500 race
· Weekend Pre-Race Pit Pass and a Parking Pass
(* Danica’s participation in the Stater Bros. 300 is subject to qualifying results)
With children 12 and under FREE on Friday and Saturday of race weekend, the $88 Dale Jr. and Danica Patrick ticket package is a great value for the entire family. The Dale Jr. and Danica Patrick ticket package expires on Jan. 31, or while supplies last. To purchase tickets, visit us online at www.autoclubspeedway.com or by calling 800-944-RACE (7223).(ACS)(12-27-2009)
Show your card and Save at Auto Club Speedway: Automobile Club of Southern California members have much to celebrate when NASCAR roars back to Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 21, as it’s also the 110th Anniversary of the Automobile Club of Southern California. To help celebrate this milestone, Auto Club Speedway is extending the Show Your Card & Save Offer. Members can get the best seats in the house at an incredible price. For only $110, the Show Your Card & Save Offer includes:
· Upper Reserved grandstand seat for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race – the Auto Club 500, Sunday, Feb. 21st (a $105 value)
· Upper Reserved grandstand seat for the NASCAR NNS race Stater Bros. 300, Saturday, Feb. 20th (a $50 value)
Members must act now as this offer expires on Jan. 31. For more information on the Show Your Card & Save Offer or to purchase tickets, visit www.autoclubspeedway.com or call (800) 944-RACE (7223).(ACS)(11-26-2009)
California considering shorter race: Auto Club Speedway Gillian Zucker said the track is considering shortening one of the two annual races from 500 miles to 400 miles and did little to hide the fact she’d like to swap race dates with Phoenix. The first California race is run in February, right after the Daytona 500 while Phoenix runs in April. “Everybody knows that we’ve had some challenges with weather during (February),” she said.(Associated Press)(10-12-2009)
Christian Slater driving pace car at California: Christian Slater will be behind the wheel of the Official NASCAR 2010 Chevy Camaro Pace Car as he leads the field of 43 stock cars before the start of the Inaugural Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race - the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, October 11. With an impressive career that spans the worlds of film, television and stage, Slater has established himself as one of the most talented actors of his generation. Currently Slater stars in the ABC drama series "the forgotten," from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Warner Bros. Television. "the forgotten" airs Tuesday's (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.(Auto Club Speedway PR)(10-7-2009)
Jesse McCartney singing National Anthem at California: Multi-platinum recording and actor Jesse McCartney will perform the national anthem prior to the Inaugural Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff race-the Pepsi 500 on Sunday, Oct. 11. With his release of "Departure" in May 2008, McCartney struck hard, establishing himself at the forefront of a new pop/R&B hybrid. His single, "Leavin'" became the #1 most played Top 40 in 2008 and spent 5 weeks at #1 on the CHR Top 40 Chart and went gold and platinum with over 2 million digital downloads on iTunes.(Auto Club Speedway PR)(10-7-2009)
Kelsey Grammer named Grand Marshal at Auto Club:Auto Club Speedway announced that Kelsey Grammer will serve as Grand Marshal for Southern California’s Inaugural Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff race -- the Pepsi 500 on Sunday, October 11 at Auto Club Speedway. Grammer, who stars in the new ABC comedy Hank will give the most famous command in racing "Gentlemen, start your engines" to all 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers who are vying for the coveted checkered flag. John C. Reilly, star of the upcoming film Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant named Grand Marshal of the Nationwide Series race at Auto Club Speedway, the Copart 300. Fans can take advantage many Pepsi 500 weekend ticket offers starting as low as $35 and including ticket packages to celebrate Hendrick Motorsports 25th Anniversary with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; a ticket deal to see the stars of NASCAR and the stars of TNA Wrestling’s Bound for Glory 2009; the chance to get up close and personal to Jimmie Johnson and so much more. In addition to top notch live entertainment and a variety of Pepsi 500 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. To purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(10-6-2009)
The Hills Star to wave green flag for Pepsi 500 at ACS: Audrina Patridge who stars on the hit MTV series The Hills has been named Honorary Starter for the much-anticipated Inaugural Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race – the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, October 11 at 12pm/et [scheduled green flag 3:31pm/et]. As Honorary Starter for the Pepsi 500, Patridge will wave the Green Flag from the top of the flag stand on the Speedway’s start/finish line, to get the Pepsi 500 underway. Fans can take advantage of many Pepsi 500 weekend ticket offers starting as low as $35 and including ticket packages to celebrate Hendrick Motorsports 25th Anniversary with Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; a ticket deal to see the stars of NASCAR and the stars of TNA Wrestling’s Bound for Glory 2009; the chance to get up close and personal to Jimmie Johnson and so much more. In addition to top notch live entertainment and a variety of Pepsi 500 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. To purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(10-5-2009)
Auto Club Speedway revamp on hold?: Auto Club Speedway proposed a multimillion-dollar revamp of the Fontana track to foster closer racing and boost crowds at its two annual NASCAR Sprint Cup races, but the track's owner has taken no action on the plan. The plan called for raising the banking of the track's four turns to 23 degrees from the current 14 degrees and narrowing its width in certain sections, all to bring the cars closer together and promote more passing, according to motor racing sources familiar with the proposal who agreed to speak on the condition that they not be identified. Making the changes probably would cost $23 million to $30 million and could be completed between the track's two NASCAR race dates, and would involve digging up the entire turns to make their banking steeper, they said. The 565-acre Auto Club Speedway, formerly called California Speedway, is 50 miles east of Los Angeles and holds its next NASCAR Sprint Cup race Oct. 11. Its other race is in February. After this year's February race, Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker proposed the reconstruction plan to the track's owner, International Speedway Corp., the sources said. But International Speedway's board of directors has taken no action on the idea, including at a meeting last month, largely because the project is too costly at a time when the company, which owns or operates 13 tracks, is struggling with the weak economy and slumping attendance, the sources said. Zucker declined to confirm or deny the proposal. But she said in a statement that "it's no secret that making Auto Club Speedway the most competitive NASCAR track on the circuit is something I have been advocating since I arrived here four years ago." International Speedway spokesman Lenny Santiago also declined to comment on the plan but said "potential projects are discussed internally on a regular basis for all of our facilities."(Los Angeles Times)(10-1-2009)
Fans can be a part of Foreigner music video at California: Race fans attending the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Oct. 11th will be part of history on more than one level. Not only will those attending witness the "first" ever Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Southern California, but they will also have the opportunity to be part of the "first" live performance video shoot of rock-and-roll legend Foreigner's "Can't Slow Down" at Southern California's premier motorsports facility on Sunday, Oct. 11. Fans wishing to take part in the taping should gather at the main stage in the Opportunity, California FanZone at 10:15 a.m. One of the world's most popular and enduring rock bands, Foreigner will use Auto Club Speedway as the backdrop for its NASCAR-inspired title track to their new three-disc collection, including a CD album of all new music, a CD album of brand new remixes of the band's original hit recordings, and a DVD of the band in concert and beyond. The release will be available from Rhino Entertainment Sept. 29, exclusively at Walmart.(Auto Club Speedway PR)(9-28-2009)
Auto Club Speedway letting fans choose 2010 race start time: For the first time ever, race fans will have the opportunity to choose what time the green flag for a NASCAR race will wave. Auto Club Speedway is giving that option to race fans across the country to choose either a noon or a 4:30 p.m. (both times PT) start time for the Auto Club 500, the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010. It's up to the fans to have their say. Tell us: early start time or late start time. And feel free to give us your reasons. Just like a true election, the choice with the most votes wins. Fans must vote now before the poll closes! To vote, visit www.autoclubspeedway.com/time. For information on all events at Auto Club Speedway, or for ticket information, call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS PR)(9-24-2009)
Johnson to be inducted into Auto Club Speedway Walk of Fame: Native Southern Californian Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevy, will take his place alongside past Auto Club Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winners when he is inducted into the ACS Walk of Fame on Saturday, October 10 at 9:30 a.m. during the inaugural Southern California Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoff weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Located at Gate 12, on the east end of the Opportunity, California FanZone, the ACS Walk of Fame ceremony has become a must attend, fan favorite. Race fans join Johnson as his footprint, signature and a bronze plaque are preserved in concrete during the enshrinement ceremony.(Auto Club Speedway PR)(8-20-2009)
Auto Club Speedway and TNA Wrestling Join Forces: Auto Club Speedway and TNA Wrestling are joining forces to offer NASCAR and wrestling fans a special ticket price for its October events. For $55.00 Fans can get a ticket to the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Ca on October 11, AND a ticket to TNA Wrestling's Bound for Glory Pay Per View live event on October 18 at the Bren Center on the Campus of UC Irvine. The fans that take advantage of this promotion will be joined at Auto Club Speedway by SPEED analyst Hermie Sadler at the track. For more information, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(8-6-2009)
New start time for Auto Club Speedway race in Oct: Auto Club Speedway officials today announced a new start time for Southern California’s inaugural “Chase Race”. The green flag for NASCAR’s much anticipated “playoff” event – the Pepsi 500 – is set to wave at 12:00pm [3:00pm/et] on Oct. 11. Speedway officials also reiterated that some of the ticket packages offered for the inaugural Chase Race are available for a limited time only and urged fans to contact the ticket office to reserve their seat to one of the most anticipated motorsports events in Southern California. A few of the many exciting ticket packages, at price points for all fans, include:
Hendrick Motorsports celebration: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon are scheduled to make appearances on stage at the Hendrick Motorsports 25th Anniversary Party Zone presented by Pepsi. Cost for the limited Sunday package is $125 and includes a Pre-Race Pit Pass.
$35 Ticket Tuesdays: Each Tuesday ACS will give ticket buyers a little something extra for purchasing a $35 Pepsi Rock N’ Rows ticket. Receive free ice cream in June, Krispy Kreme donuts in July and California-grown zucchini in August.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Birthday [October 10th]: Celebrate Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 35th birthday with an $88 Dale Jr. Birthday Package.
Jimmie Johnson package: Q&A with Jimmie Johnson, grandstand ticket, Pre-Race Pit Pass and limited edition commemorative crystal gift, all for $148, with a portion of the ticket package price donated to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation.
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.
To purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS)(7-29-2009)
The Chase Comes to Auto Club Speedway: Southern California race fans have two great reasons to celebrate come October – Southern California’s inaugural “Chase Race” – the Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway and Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 35th birthday. As if getting the fourth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup isn’t enough, fans can also celebrate one of NASCAR’s biggest stars’ birthday in style. To help celebrate Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s birthday, Auto Club Speedway is offering an $88 Dale Jr. Birthday Weekend Package, October 10-11th. Fans can also purchase Pepsi Rock n’ Rows $35 tickets and be part of the celebration. Both are expected to sell out quickly. The $88 Dale Jr. Birthday Weekend Package (a $150 value) comes complete with a Saturday general admission ticket for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race – the Camping World RV Service 300 presented by Coleman; a Sunday reserved seat for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race – the Pepsi 500 and a weekend pit pass that gets race fans up close and personal to all the on-track action. In addition to the $88 Dale Jr. Birthday Weekend Package, Auto Club Speedway offers free parking, allows fans to bring in their own food and other cost-savings opportunities for fans to experience a full weekend of entertainment and fun for the entire family. To purchase the $88 Dale Jr. Birthday Weekend Package or the Pepsi Rock n’ Rows tickets, call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit the new www.autoclubspeedway.com for more information.(Auto Club Speedway)(6-30-2009)
HBO Show "Entourage" visits Auto Club Speedway: The HBO hit comedy series Entourage recently made a two-day stop at Southern California’s premier motorsports facility – Auto Club Speedway. Auto Club Speedway got a taste of international flair on track as cast members Kevin Connolly (Eric), Adrian Grenier (Vince), Kevin Dillon (Drama), Jerry Ferrara (Turtle), shot an episode which included the new Ferrari California – the latest edition to the new generation of Ferraris. The episode is scheduled to air in July.(Auto Club Speedway)(5-15-2009)
New emergency texting available to race patrons: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) has partnered with InStadiumSolutions to implement a text-message based communication system at all of its 12 motorsports facilities. The service was introduced last weekend during the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Darlington Raceway. The system allows fans to communicate with the racetrack's command post if assistance is needed inside the facility. The technology was tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November during the final weekend of the NASCAR season. Instructions will be posted throughout each racetrack and will be broadcast through audio and video public announcements. Besides Darlington and Homestead-Miami, ISC owns and/or operates Daytona, Talladega, Michigan, Richmond, Auto Club Speedway, Kansas, Phoenix, Chicago, Martinsville and Watkins Glen. The Fan Text Messaging Service is also being used by several professional and college teams, as well as at events such as the Super Bowl, BCS National Championship and World Baseball Classic.(Associated Press)(5-14-2009)
- Special Tix offer for Chase race at Auto Club Speedway: Building on what was a tremendous value and significant savings for race fans to experience the thrill of NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway, Pepsi and ACS have once again teamed up to bring race fans the special value ticket price in the Pepsi Rock n’ Rows (1-5) for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series inaugural “Chase Race” – the Pepsi 500 on Sunday, Oct. 11 for only $35 per ticket. Beginning Monday, April 13, for only $35, race fans can get an up close and personal experience to all the on-track action by purchasing a seat in the Pepsi Rock n‘ Rows – the first five rows of the main grandstands. The tickets are usually priced at $55. In addition to the partnership with Pepsi, 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. To purchase tickets in the Pepsi Rock n’ Rows for only $35 call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit autoclubspeedway.com for more information.(Auto Club Speedway PR)(4-12-2009)
- Auto Club Speedway happy with turnout: Despite fears that the economic recession, the Academy Awards telecast and other factors might limit attendance to 60,000 or fewer, NASCAR estimated that the race drew about 78,000 people to the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway [seats 92,000] -- 8,000 more than it said attended the Fontana race last Labor Day weekend. Auto Club Speedway, like many tracks nationwide, had cut prices on some seats in response to the economic pressure. "The turnout was awesome, I'm so thrilled with the crowd," said track President Gillian Zucker. "It clearly shows how passionate Southern California is about NASCAR. That even in this kind of an economy that the crowd is that big says an awful lot."(Los Angeles Times)(2-23-2009)
- Actress Angie Harmon named Honorary Starter for Auto Club 500: Auto Club Speedway announced that husband and wife duo Angie Harmon, best known for her starring role as Assistant District Attorney 'Abbie Carmichael' on NBC's Emmy-Award winning drama Law & Order and former New York Giants defensive back Jason Sehorn will serve as Honorary Starter and Honorary Race Official, respectively, for the Auto Club 500 this Sunday, February 22nd.(Auto Club Speedway PR)(2-21-2009)
- Reggie Jackson to pace field at Auto Club 500: Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, who earned the nickname Mr. October for his World Series heroics with both the A's and Yankees, will be behind the wheel of the Auto Club Speedway’s 2009 Chevy Impala pace car as he leads the field before the start of NASCAR’s 2009 West Coast Premiere – the Auto Club 500 – on Feb. 22.
"In my lifetime I've played in six World Series, hob-knobbed with movie stars and been a part of the excitement of New York and the Yankees," said Jackson. "With all that, it’s hard to get excited over many things. But being behind the wheel of the pace car for the Auto Club 500, is right up there with some of the most exciting things I've ever done." A five-year star with the California Angles (now the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Jackson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993. In 27 Fall Classic games, he amassed 10 home runs - including four in consecutive at-bats - 24 RBI and a .357 batting average. As one of the game's premier power hitters, he blasted 563 career round-trippers. A terrific player in the clutch and an intimidating cleanup hitter, Jackson compiled a lifetime slugging percentage of .490 and earned American League MVP honors in 1973. He won three consecutive World Series titles as a member of the Oakland A's in the early 1970s and also won 2 consecutive titles with the New York Yankees. He also played one year with the Baltimore Orioles. Jackson is the only position player to win the World Series MVP Award 2 times ('73 with the A's and '77 with the NY Yankees).
Jackson is just one of several celebrities taking part in Auto Club Speedway’s Auto Club 500 Weekend. In addition to Jackson, Grammy-nominated Little Big Town will perform the National Anthem before the Auto Club 500. Gavin Rossdale, who is currently enjoying the success of his Top 40 hit single “Love Remains the Same,” will perform a pre-race concert prior to the Auto Club 500 in the Opportunity, California FanZone, while Rev Theory, currently on tour with Theory of a Deadman and Ten Second Epic, will perform Saturday Feb. 21 and Sunday, Feb. 22 also at Auto Club Speedway’s Opportunity, California FanZone. To purchase tickets for the Auto Club 500 weekend call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com for more information.(Auto Club Speedway)(2-19-2009)
- Metrolink charter train service available to Auto Club Speedway: Since the very first race in 1997, Auto Club Speedway has partnered with Metrolink to provide Southern Californians direct train service to the speedway’s NASCAR races. The tradition continues on Sunday, February 22nd for the Auto Club 500 – the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR, with Metrolink operating three charter trains from Oceanside, Oxnard and Lancaster and virtually all stops in between. Charter train tickets are $20-$35, depending on station boarding location. The Speedway trains stop at a specially constructed station just off the back straight-away at the race track. From there, it’s a free tram service taking fans to the grandstand area. Trains depart Auto Club Speedway one hour after the checkered flag. Metrolink riders can bring food and non-alcoholic beverages on board the train. Items are not permitted to be stored at the Speedway train station, however Auto Club Speedway allows carry-in items including one soft side bag / cooler, no larger than 6x6x12 inches, that may contain ice. For a complete list of approved carry-in items, please visit www.autoclubspeedway.com. The Auto Club Speedway trains are charters, regular Metrolink tickets are not valid. The charter train tickets are sold only at Auto Club Speedway and are mailed out prior to the race. To purchase race and train tickets or for information on the Auto Club Speedway charter train schedule, call Auto Club Speedway at (800) 944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS PR)(2-17-2009)
- "House" star Hugh Laurie grand marshall at Auto Club Speedway: Emmy-nominated actor Hugh Laurie, the brutally honest doctor who combines an unconventional approach to his cases with flawless instincts in FOX's hit medical drama, "House" will serve as Grand Marshal for the Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 22. As Grand Marshal, Laurie’s role at one of the largest single-day sporting events in California, will be to give the command of “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines,” to the 43-car field of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event televised on FOX. To purchase tickets for as low as $35, visit the new autoclubspeedway.com or call 800-944-RACE (7223).(Auto Club Speedway)(2-16-2009)
- Concerts at Auto Club Speedway on race weekend: Gavin Rossdale, who is currently enjoying the success of his Top 40 hit single “Love Remains the Same,” will perform a pre-race concert prior to the Auto Club 500, NASCAR’s 2009 West Coast Premiere, at Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 22. Rossdale will perform four songs including his hit single “Love Remains the Same,” as well as hits from his days as the front man for the rock group Bush.
AND Rev Theory, currently on tour with Theory of a Deadman and Ten Second Epic, will perform Saturday Feb. 21 and Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Auto Club Speedway Opportunity, California FanZone as part of the festivities surrounding the Auto Club 500 Weekend. Rich Luzzi, Julien Jorgensen, Dave Agoglia, Matt McCloskey and Ricky Lixx will rock the stage with their signature hard rock music at a post race concert Saturday (Feb. 21) in the Opportunity, California FanZone following the Stater Bros. 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and again Sunday, prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 500. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Auto Club Speedway call 800-944-RACE for tickets.(ACS PR)(2-16-2009)
- Little Big Town to Perform National Anthem at Auto Club 500: Grammy-nominated Little Big Town will kick off NASCAR's West Coast Premiere – the Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Feb. 22 by performing the National Anthem before thousands of fans and a national television audience. Also, celebrities from Band from TV are scheduled to rock the Auto Club Speedway Opportunity, California FanZone Stage for the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR - the Auto Club 500 on Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 11am. With almost two million dollars raised thus far through various performances that include The TV Guide Emmy Party, special concerts for Netflix, Ford and Docker's, appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and American Idol Gives Back, shows at The Mohegan Sun Casino and The Comedy for a Cure, Band from TV takes great pride in that fact that they donate every single cent of profit to charity. Greg Grunberg supports the Epilepsy Foundation of America, James Denton works with Donate Life, Bob Guiney supports The Art of Elysium, Adrian Pasdar works with The Rush Epilepsy Center, and Jesse Spencer supports The Indiana University-Kenya Partnership. While all talented actors, the band is truly about celebrating music, living the rock and roll dream and having fun while supporting worthy causes. To purchase tickets for the Auto Club 500 weekend call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com for more information.(ACS PR)(2-9-2009)
- Stater Bros. “Race to 75” promotion for Auto Club 500 tix: Stater Bros.’ customers who purchase $75 or more in groceries between Wednesday, February 4, and Tuesday, February 10, can receive free tickets to the Auto Club 500 Sprint Cup Series Race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on February 22, 2009. For every $75 of eligible products purchased in a single visit transaction during the “Race To 75” promotion, Stater Bros. customers will receive a receipt for one free race ticket, and customers can qualify for a maximum of six tickets per household. Eligible products exclude items such as tobacco, alcoholic beverages, fluid milk products, prescriptions, lottery tickets, postage stamps, sales tax, CRV, money orders and gift cards. Official rules can be obtained at each Stater Bros. Supermarket or at autoclubspeedway.com.(ACS PR)(2-7-2009)
- Special Tix Value at Auto Club Speedway: Auto Club Speedway and Pepsi have teamed up to bring race fans a special value ticket price in the Pepsi Rock n’ Rows (1-5) for the Sprint Cup Series race – the Auto Club 500 on Sunday, February 22 for only $35 per ticket. For only $35, race fans can get an up close and personal experience to all the on-track action by purchasing a seat in the Pepsi Rock n‘ Rows – the first five rows of the main grandstands. The tickets are usually priced at $55. To purchase tickets in the Pepsi Rock n’ Rows for only $35 call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com for more information.(Auto Club Speedway PR)(1-16-2009)
- Hollywood-Themed Camping World Back Lot Will Premier at Auto Club Speedway in 2009: Auto Club Speedway campers will have something to celebrate in 2009-the new Camping World Back Lot, a 286-site campground at Auto Club Speedway that will have a unique Hollywood theme. Campers will get not only great NASCAR racing, but also the full Hollywood "back lot experience." Visitors to the Camping World Back Lot will find a wide variety of activities, including studio-sponsored movie nights, comfortable common areas, and food stands with a cinematic theme. The campground will have full access to infield stores, water and pump services and easy access to trams. Camping sites are sold as a package for the entire racing season. The package includes one site for both races, two Action Pack ticket packages.(Auto Club Speedway PR)(9-1-2008)
- California Race Winners Will Ring the "Mobell": Race winners at Auto Club Speedway will inaugurate a new tradition in Gatorade Victory Lane this race weekend: ringing the "Mobell" a full-scale replica of the hundreds of bells that line California's El Camino Real. The Mobell was presented to Speedway president Gillian Zucker by the Automobile Club of Southern California, which integrates the image of the bell in its AAA logo. The 700-mile-long El Camino Real linked California's 21 Franciscan missions, which were founded by Father Junipero Serra in the late 18th century. The winners of the Camping World RV Service 300 Presented by Coleman and the Pepsi 500 will each ring the bell as part of their post-race Gatorade Victory Lane celebrations.(Auto Club Speedway PR)(8-31-2008)
- Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, Bo Bice and Randy Couture Added to Pepsi 500 Pre-Race Ceremonies: Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, stars of the MTV hit series, "The Hills" will serve as honorary starters and wave the green flag to start the Pepsi 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, August 31. They will be joined during the pre-race ceremonies by American Idol season four runner-up Bo Bice, who will perform "The Star Spangled Banner," and mixed martial arts star Randy Couture will serve as honorary race official and pace car driver, leading the field to the green flag from behind the wheel of the official Chevy pace car. Giving the command to start engines will be TV icon Drew Carey, announced earlier as the event's Grand Marshal.(Auto Club Speedway PR)(8-30-2008)
- New food menu at Auto Club Speedway: There's a new food line at Auto Club Speedway, created in part by feedback that track president Gillian Zucker received earlier this year. In addition to the standard race track fare of hot dogs, hamburgers and French fries, fans will get an opportunity to order: Kabobs of marinated beef, chicken and vegetables over a bed of rice; Grilled Mexican corn on the cob; Sushi, including California Rolls and spicy tuna rolls; Mexican fruit salad, a combination of sliced watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, pineapple and mago seasoned with lemon juice and chili powder; Chicken sausage sandwiches; Root beer floats. The new food debuted at one of the Speedway's Hard Card Club functions earlier this summer and was greeted with smiles. Tim Niro, general manager of Americrown's western division, said the Speedway's hamburgers, one of the traditional food staples in sports, will have a new taste. "We changed the way they are to be cooked," said Niro, who has spent the past two years in charge of the Speedway's concessions. "At three locations, we're going to grill the hamburgers. We're using raw hamburger rather than frozen patties". Based on past figures, Niro expects fans to consume 10,000 hamburgers and 20,000 hot dogs this weekend. The track made the switch in napkins and the way it wrapped hot dogs after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers complained the paper was sticking to the front of the cars, causing some to overheat.
"I got tired of getting called into the (NASCAR) hauler," said Niro, who faced a similiar situation while working at Michigan Internaional Speedway. "We got nine times the complaints at Michigan and here about the wrappers. We put the hot dogs in foil, which will not get airborne, as opposed to how we did it before."(Los Angles Daily News)(8-28-2008)
- ACS goes for Guinness record; bingo hall: For as long as California/Auto Club Speedway has been open, attendance has always been a subject of speculation. Since the track's opening in 1997, the policy has been not to release numbers, regardless of the event. That should change this week, if a world record is to fall. Together with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the Speedway will attempt to set a world record for the largest bingo hall. Each fan in attendance at Sunday's Sprint Cup Series Pepsi 500 will get a card and a chance to win some of the $20,000. The record is 70,080 set by a group in Colombia in 2006, which erased the 53,000 mark in Dodger Stadium set in 2003. There's little doubt in this corner that the record will fall on Sunday - if not, the real heat story won't be about the weather. But somehow, it's doubtful the folks at Guinness will just take the Speedway's word.(San Bernardino County Sun.(8-26-2008)
- Drew Carey To Serve As Grand Marshal For Pepsi 500: Stand-up comic turned actor and producer Drew Carey will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 2008 Pepsi 500, Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker announced. The host of “The Price is Right” and star of the long-running comedy “The Drew Carey Show”, Carey will give the starting command, “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines”, to the NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers running in the Pepsi 500 on Sunday, August 31.
“It’s only fitting that one of the biggest stars on television should be giving the most famous command in motorsports,” said Zucker. “Drew Carey is a big NASCAR fan, and I know our fans are going to be excited to see him at the track. I hope everyone will listen to Drew and ‘come on down’ to Labor Day’s biggest party.” One of televison’s biggest stars, Carey succeeded longtime host Bob Barker on the legendary show “The Price Is Right” after having had the distinction of starring in two hit shows simultaneously: “The Drew Carey Show”, which ran from 1995-2004, and the improv/sketch show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” on which he was both host and producer. While in the Marine Reserves, Carey’s military buzz cut and black wide-rim glasses became part of his trademark look. He began his successful career as a comedian in April of 1986 at the Cleveland Comedy Club. One of his first big breaks was competing on "Star Search '88." In 1991, Carey landed a spot on HBO's "14th Annual Young Comedians Special" and appeared on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." Carey landed his own television development deal at Disney, which led to an opportunity for Carey to co-star in the series "The Good Life." Carey also had the opportunity to work with Bruce Helford, who was a consulting writer on the series and hired Carey as a staff writer for "The Gaby Hoffman Show." Their experience led the two of them to decide to co-create “The Drew Carey Show.”. Carey also starred in his own comedy special for Showtime, "Drew Carey: Human Cartoon" and performed in Showtime's "Tenth Anniversary of the Montreal Comedy Festival."(ACS PR)(8-25-2008)
- 2009 Cup Schedule Announced, 4 "off" weeks: NASCAR announced today its national series schedules for the 2009 season, which features realigned dates for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Truck Series. In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series there will be a three-way date swap between Atlanta Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) and Talladega Superspeedway.
• Atlanta’s second 2009 race will be held on Sunday, Sept. 6, taking the Labor Day weekend slot now held by Auto Club Speedway.
• Auto Club Speedway’s second race will be Sunday, Oct. 11 – the fourth week of the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup,” a slot formerly held by Talladega.
• Talladega’s second event will move to Sunday, Nov. 1, making it the seventh Chase event – the slot formerly held by Atlanta.
“The 2009 schedule reflects realigned dates that are good opportunities for everyone involved in our sport – fans, sponsors, tracks and teams," said NASCAR President Mike Helton. The season begins with a tripleheader weekend at Daytona International Speedway capped by the running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 15. In addition to that season-opening event for the Sprint Cup Series, the Truck Series starts its season on Friday night, Feb. 13, followed the next afternoon by the Nationwide Series opener. For all three series, the season will conclude with another tripleheader weekend, at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20-22.
Other key NASCAR Sprint Cup dates in 2009:
• The 31st annual Budweiser Shootout at Daytona – a non-points event – will be held on Saturday, Feb. 7.
• On the evening of Saturday, Sept. 12, Richmond International Raceway will again host the “Chase cut-off” race, affording the last opportunity for drivers to qualify for NASCAR’s championship playoffs.
• New Hampshire Motor Speedway will host the first races in both the “Race to the Chase” (Sunday, June 28) and the Chase (Sunday, Sept. 20).
There also will be an additional off-week for NASCAR’s premier series in 2009, prior to the Labor Day weekend event, giving teams a final break before a 12-week stretch that will end the season. Because of the way the calendar falls, NASCAR Sprint Cup teams will have a total of four off-weeks during the 2009 season.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series will have a 35-race schedule. Changes from this year include a new event at Iowa Speedway on Aug. 1, replacing Mexico City; a switch of the Atlanta Motor Speedway event from March to September; and moving the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve event in Montreal to Sunday, Aug. 30.
The NASCAR Truck Series in 2009 again will have 25 races, with one realigned date: The series’ late-season race at Atlanta will be replaced by a night event at Chicagoland Speedway on Friday, Aug. 28.(NASCAR PR)(8-19-2008)
- California race to move rumor returns: Speculation is mounting that NASCAR's Labor Day race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana could be moved to October, starting next year. The track has struggled to sell all of its 92,000 seats on Labor Day weekend partly because of the weekend's typically hot temperatures, and has petitioned NASCAR for another date. One proposal being weighed is a three-track swap, in which Fontana would receive Talladega Superspeedway's date in October, Atlanta Motor Speedway would get the Labor Day race and Talladega would receive Atlanta's fall date in October. That would put the California race in the middle of the 10-race Chase for the Cup that decides NASCAR's premier championship. But NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said the sanctioning body is still meeting with officials for all tracks and that next year's schedule "is still being determined." NASCAR hopes to announce the schedule by September, he added. Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker said "nothing has been decided yet" and that the three-track swap idea "is one of several scenarios that I have heard are being discussed." She also said "it's possible that [Labor Day] date will remain the same" next year but is hopeful of moving the race. "Everyone is in agreement that a later date for the second [Fontana] race is in the best interests of the sport," Zucker said. Her track also stages a Cup race in late February.(Los Angeles Times)(5-25-2008)
- Auto Club Speedway Hosting Garage Sale: Race fans will have the opportunity to purchase California Speedway-logo bearing merchandise at incredible discounts as well as authentic historical items from the track during the upcoming AMA Suzuki Superbike Championship weekend, the Auto Club Speedway announced. A tremendous variety of items featuring the California Speedway logo as well as past event-related apparel will be made available at discounted rates of up to 70% off the original retail price. Some additional one-of-a-kind items include light pole banners featuring the likenesses of drivers including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, backdrops that were utilized in Gatorade Victory Lane celebrations and over-sized signage from the track's timing and scoring center. Lucky fans will have the opportunity to purchase some truly authentic pieces celebrating Southern California's racing heritage. This year's garage sale will take place from Thursday, April 24 through Sunday, April 27 in the Goodyear garage off of terrace suite road. The garage sale will be open from 12:00 pm-8:00 pm on Thursday and is open to the general public on that day only. Hours of operations from Friday through Sunday will be 8:00 am-5:00 pm and bargain hunters must purchase a ticket to the AMA weekend to gain access to the sale on those days.(California Speedway PR)(4-21-2008)
- Special tix deal for Auto Club Speedway: Two great events for one incredible price only at Auto Club Speedway [fornmer California Speedway]. This amazing package includes:
- 2-day ticket to the AMA Suzuki Superbike Challenge, April 26-27
- Pit pass for the AMA Suzuki Superbike Challenge
- Lower reserved seat to the Pepsi 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race, August 31
- Pit pass for the Pepsi 500
For a limited time only. Offer expires April 23rd. For tickets or more information, call 800-944-RACE.(3-26-2008)
- Deal to swap [California/Atlanta] race dates near, Smith suggests: Bruton Smith worked the room in the media center Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, confirming he has proposed swapping his Atlanta track’s October date for the Labor Day weekend slot at Auto Club Speedway in California. “It is the thing to do,” said Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc. “I hope that we will have an answer on that in the very near future.”(Charlotte Observer)(3-1-2008)
- California considering reconfiguring to a restrictor-plate track UPDATE denied: The Fontana [Auto Club (formerly California) Speedway] facility needs to do something to change its image. Rebuilding the racing surface to make it a new version of Talladega or Daytona would brings loads of attention and far better action on the track. Of course, there are some issues, like money. We're talking millions of dollars to reconfigure the racetrack. Texas Motor Speedway rebuilt its 1.5-mile oval in 1998 at a cost of $3 million. The cost of this project would double that amount, at least. The price tag to do it might be as high as $10 million. Not cheap, but goodness knows ISC can afford it. And Fontana officials may need to rebuild the turns anyway because of the water seepage issues that caused problems last weekend. But plate racing is NASCAR's version of torture for many drivers. They hate racing in large packs inches apart with little throttle response from the choked-down engines. However, it is exciting to watch, which is why many fans can't wait to see every plate event. Tell the people in Southern California they have the modern version of Talladega and you have something to sell. Auto Club Speedway, which hasn't managed to sell out its two Cup races, needs a dramatic change. There's nothing more dramatic in NASCAR than restrictor-plate racing.(see full story and quotes by Michael Waltrip at ESPN.com)
AND Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker said Monday that engineers will arrive this week to determine what can be done to correct drainage problems on the 2-mile track. Water seeping up through seams in the asphalt played havoc with track drying efforts during the Auto Club 500 race weekend, delaying the completion of the Sprint Cup Series race by one day. The seepage, referred to as “weepers,” was also blamed for two accidents during the early laps of the Cup event. “A leaky race track is unacceptable,” Zucker said. “We will have engineers here [Tuesday], and we will fix it.”(SceneDaily.com, plus a report refuting the restrictor plate news at FoxSports)
MORE: Auto Club Speedway president Gillian Zucker said engineers are on their way to the Fontana track to take a look at what was behind the "weeper" problem that plagued the Auto Club 500 this past weekend. Weepers are caused when ground water starts to leak through cracks in the pavement. They were blamed for causing two crashes in the opening laps of the rain delayed race, involving Dale Earnhardt Jr., Casey Mears and Deny Hamlin. She said it's not known at this time if construction will be necessary or if future events will have to be postponed or rescheduled.(Orange Country Register)(2-27-2008)
UPDATE: Gillian Zucker, president of Auto Club Speedway, believes reconfiguring the 2-mile Fontana, Calif., oval into a restrictor-plate track is an idea worth considering seriously. "I love it," Zucker said Tuesday. "It's a game-changer. Michael Waltrip told me his idea about it Saturday night. It was funny at first, but I thought, 'Sure. Why not?' "
Zucker said they are going to rebuild part of the racing surface to repair the water seepage problems, commonly known as weepers, that arose last weekend. Heavy rain caused water to push up through the seams in the turns. "If we are going to tear it up anyway to fix the drainage, let's make it a lot more interesting," Zucker said. "It could be a very dramatic thing for us." Zucker said she hasn't spoken to anyone at NASCAR or International Speedway Corp., the track's parent company, about the idea yet. Zucker said she wants to know what fans think before she makes a decision.(ESPN.com)
UPDATE 2: A senior spokesman for track operator International Speedway Corp. said Wednesday that there are no plans to turn Auto Club Speedway into a restrictor-plate configuration or otherwise modify the layout of the 2.0-mile facility that hosts two NASCAR race weekends annually. ISC owns the track and ultimately would be the entity approving and paying for any track changes. But none are forthcoming, an ISC official confirmed. But Wes Harris, ISC’s senior director, corporate and investor communications, said Wednesday there are no plans for such an extreme and costly makeover. In fact, Harris said, it isn’t even in the discussion phase, nor is it likely to be.(SPEEDTV.com)(2-28-2008)
- Lots of Jet Fuel used at Calif: During the weekend, the jet dryers that circled Auto Club Speedway for more than 10 hours during several rain delays consumed more than 6,500 gallons of fuel. They burned 3,000 gallons on Sunday night as they tried in vain to dry the track. There were reports that the track ran out of fuel and had to have some trucked in from nearby Ontario International Airport on Sunday night. What could an airline do with that much fuel? According to Virgin Atlantic Airlines statistics, a Boeing 737-800 can fly 3,383 miles on 6,875 gallons of fuel. Jet dryers from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Sonoma's Infineon Raceway were used during the weekend.(Orange County Register)(2-26-2008)
- Calif and Atlanta to switch dates? UPDATE: Rowdy.com reports: "According to our good buddy David Poole, we might find ourselves watching the Labor Day race in Atlanta. There is talk of California and Atlanta switching dates with Cali getting the October Chase race and Atlanta getting Labor Day."(Rowdy.com)(2-22-2008)
UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway president and general manager Ed Clark said Friday that the track has had no discussions with Auto Club Speedway of Southern California about swapping each track's respective fall race date. "I don't know where that's coming from," Clark said. "We'd certainly have to take a look at it and have to talk with our fans and employees and get their views on it. We'd have to at least look at it. If it would be a win-win deal for both sides, it would make sense."(Macon Telegraph)(2-23-2008)
- 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)
- Pepsi to sponsor Aug race at Calif: California Speedway has announced a multi-year agreement with Pepsi to serve as the title sponsor for the Speedway’s fall Sprint Cup Series Race. The race which traditionally takes place at the end of the Labor Day weekend and this year will run on August 31, 2008 will now be known as the Pepsi 500. In addition to its role as the title sponsor of the race, Pepsi will continue to serve as the “official soft drink and non-alcoholic beverage provider” of the Speedway, a designation the brand has held since 1997. The Pepsi 500 Weekend, featuring the Camping World 300 Presented by RVs.com (Nationwide Series race) and the Pepsi 500 (Sprint Cup Series race) will take place at California Speedway over the weekend of August 29-31, 2008.(California Speedway site)(2-20-2008)
- George Thorogood to perform at California: George Thorogood and the Destroyers will headline the Miller Lite Rock ‘n Racing show during the 2008 Auto Club 500 weekend at California Speedway. The band will take the stage on Saturday, February 23rd after the San Bernardino County 200 (Truck Series) and Stater Bros. 300 (Nationwide Series) races. The concert is presented by Miller Lite, the official beer sponsor of California Speedway. George Thorogood and the Destroyers join an entertainment lineup for the Auto Club 500 Weekend that also features Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top who will be performing a special concert prior to Sunday’s race. To purchase tickets to the Auto Club 500 weekend at California Speedway, call 800-944-RACE.(2-18-2008)
- ZZ Top will perform a special concert at California Speedway: Legendary blues rock trio ZZ Top will perform a special concert on Sunday, February 24, during the pre-race festivities at California Speedway’s 2008 Auto Club 500, Speedway President Gillian Zucker announced today. The concert will be free to all those in attendance for the 2008 West Coast Premiere of NASCAR. Fans who have pit passes for the race will be able to view the concert from the best seats in the house, on the track itself. To purchase tickets to the Auto Club 500 and ZZ Top’s pre-race concert at California Speedway, please call 800-944-RACE or log on to www.californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway)(1-29-2008)
- California looking for Oct date in 2009: NASCAR officials will release the 2008 Nextel Cup schedule in the near future, and it promises to offer little change. But in 2009, things might be different. California Speedway president Gillian Zucker said there seems to be "some energy around exploring alternate dates" for the Labor Day weekend race at her two-mile oval in Fontana and "we will keep on doing all we can to encourage that." The weather for this year's Sharp AQUOS 500 earlier this month was oppressive with temperatures hovering around 110 degrees. She has said she would like to hold the track's second race in October, which would put it in the Chase for the Championship, and bringing NASCAR's playoff spectacle to its biggest market would make a lot of sense, wouldn't it? Even though the track hasn't sold out for a NASCAR race in quite some time, the speedway again will play host to two Cup races next season, the first being in February and the second on the same steamy weekend in September. Just in case NASCAR officials keep their schedule the way it is, Zucker said she is adding more shady areas on the outside of the track, misters and air-conditioned places for fans to hang out before the race.(Orange County Register)(9-20-2007)
- Dylan & Cole Sprouse named Honorary Starters at California: Television and film stars, Dylan and Cole Sprouse will serve as Honorary Starters before the Sharp AQUOS 500, California Speedway President Gillian Zucker announced. As the honorary starters for the Sharp AQUOS 500, the Sprouse brothers will wave the green flag to signal to the 43 Nextel Cup Series drivers the beginning of the race. Identical twin brothers Dylan and Cole first gained national fame for playing a role on the ABC hit sitcom "Grace Under Fire". In 1999, the two made their big screen debut opposite Adam Sandler in "Big Daddy". The have also appeared in feature films including "The Astronaut's Wife" and "The Master of Disguise" and lent their voices to the animated movie "Eight Crazy Nights". Since 2005, the Sprouse's have held starring roles as Zack and Cody Martin on the hit Saturday morning original series "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody". To purchase tickets, call 800-944-RACE.(California Speedway)(8-31-2007)
- Etheridge to sing National Anthem at Calif: Grammy and Academy Award winning singer Melissa Etheridge will sing the National Anthem before Sunday's Cup race. "As an outspoken advocate for the environment, human rights, and cancer survivors, Melissa Etheridge is more than just a wonderfully talented musician," Speedway president Gillian Zucker said.(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)(8-29-2007)
- Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Lineup For California: Platinum recording artist 30 Seconds to Mars will headline the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing show in the Opportunity, California FanZone on Sunday afternoon, September 2, California Speedway President Gillian Zucker announced today. Miller Lite is the official beer sponsor of California Speedway. The Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing show is part of the California Speedway experience at Opportunity, California FanZone. The concert, and all musical performances on the center stage, is free for all guests with a paid admission to the Sharp AQUOS 500 Presented by Vikuiti Nextel Cup Series race on Sunday, September 2 and the Camping World 300 Presented by RVs.com Busch Series race on Saturday, September 1. 30 Seconds to Mars released their self-titled debut in 2002. The band followed with A Beautiful Lie in 2005, scanning over a million copies to date and spawning several hit singles including The Kill (Bury Me) which became the longest running single on Billboard's Modern Rock Chart, and From Yesterday which reached No. 1 on the same chart. Additional musical entertainment scheduled to appear throughout the weekend include Los Angeles hard-rock band Little Caesar and southern rocker Peter Branton. With the addition of 30 Seconds to Mars, the entertainers who will descend upon California Speedway continues to build as the race approaches, including an earlier announcement that 25-time Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder will serve as the Sharp AQUOS 500 Grand Marshal. The Nextel Cup Series returns to California Speedway over Labor Day Weekend for the Sharp AQUOS® 500. For more information about the race weekend at California Speedway, please visit www.californiaspeedway.com. To purchase tickets, call 800-944-RACE.(California Speedway)(8-27-2007)
- Stevie Wonder named Grand Marshal at California: Twenty-five time Grammy Award winner, Stevie Wonder, will serve as Grand Marshal of California Speedway's Sharp AQUOS 500 to be held on September 2, 2007. Wonder will announce the, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" command to the Nextel Cup drivers in front of the live audience and millions of fans watching at home on ESPN's race broadcast. The Nextel Cup Series returns to California Speedway over Labor Day Weekend for the Sharp AQUOS 500. For more information about the race weekend of California Speedway, please visit www.californiaspeedway.com. To purchase tickets, call 800.944-RACE.(California Speedway PR)(8-12-2007)
- Sharp AQUOS to sponsor California Cup race: California Speedway has announced an agreement with Sharp Electronics and 3M Company ("3M") to serve as the title sponsor for the Speedway's Fall Nextel Cup Series Race. The race, being held on Sunday, September 2, 2007, will be known as the Sharp AQUOS 500. As the sponsor of the Sharp AQUOS 500, Sharp and 3M will receive signage and branding opportunities throughout the Speedway over the entirety of the race weekend. The brands will also participate in several pre-race opportunities including parade laps and will utilize the Speedway's large screen video displays to present information about their variety of products. Sharp and 3M have teamed up on several co-marketing initiatives designed to enhance awareness of Sharp's AQUOS line of LCD TVs and 3M Vikuiti brightness enhancement films, including participation in Busch Series and Nextel Cup races.(California Speedway PR)(8-8-2007)
- Shooting suspect arrested; accused of firing into crowd at NASCAR event: A man suspected of opening fire on a crowd at California Speedway during NASCAR [Busch Series] races last month was arrested Monday by sheriff's deputies. Ramon Luis Caraballos, 30, of San Bernardino was booked into Central Detention Center on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies said. Deputies from the Fontana station responded to a reported shooting at 8:17pm/pt, Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Speedway, 9300 Cherry Ave. The shooting occurred after a fight between Caraballos and another man. Deputies said Caraballos had been drinking and punched the man in the face. He then pulled out a knife and later got a gun from his car. He fired twice at the man and a crowd behind him, but no one was struck, deputies said. Investigators identified Caraballos as the suspect Monday and arrested him in San Bernardino. Sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller did not have any further information on the incident Tuesday evening. He was being held on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to the sheriff's online log. A call to California Speedway on Tuesday was not returned.(San Bernardino County Sun)(3-21-2007)
- Aikman subs for Schroeder as starter at California: Troy Aikman isn't accustomed to filling in as a sub, but he gladly accepted the role Sunday when asked to wave the green flag for the Auto Club 500. The NFL Hall of Famer replaced actor Rick Schroeder, who was scheduled to do the honors before telling California Speedway officials Saturday that he couldn't make it. Speedway officials were scrambling to find a replacement. Getting another actor wasn't a good option in Southern California on the day of the Academy Awards. But Aikman already was at the track. He's the co-owner of Hall of Fame Racing with another former fellow Dallas Cowboys quarterback -- Roger Staubach. They own the #96 DLP Chevy driven by Tony Raines.(ESPN.com), Aikman also threw footballs out to the crowd from the flagstand.(2-26-2007)
- Oscar Winner Costner Named Grand Marshal for California Cup race: Kevin Costner will serve as Grand Marshal of the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway on February 25, 2007. Costner will give the "Gentlemen, Start your Engines" command to the Nextel Cup drivers in front of the live audience and those watching at home on FOX. In addition, Costner will energize fans when he performs live with "The Kevin Costner Band" on the Opportunity, California FanZone stage during pre-race festivities. The California Speedway will host the kickoff of NASCAR racing on the West Coast with the Craftsman Truck Series San Bernardino County 200 (February 23), the Busch Series Stater Bros.300 (February 24) and the Nextel Cup Series Auto Club 500 (February 25). Costner and his six-member band will play a set of original rock music. The group first made its public debut in August 2006 at the “Field of Dreams” film site in Dyersville, Iowa, drawing thousands of fans. Since then, they have played numerous venues across the country. Tickets for the Auto Club 500 weekend are going fast! To purchase tickets or to receive more information, call 800-944-RACE  or visit racetickets.com or www.californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway PR)(1-31-2007)
- California Speedway Donates $1 for Every Speedway Holiday Card Sent Over the Internet in December: Send a unique holiday e-card from California Speedway’s official website and the speedway will donate up to $5,000 to Meals on Wheels. The artwork depicts Santa relaxing by the fireplace and reviewing a “Top 10 wish list” made by California Speedway fans. His elves, along with the California Speedway staff, have checked off the entire list as 2006 was a phenomenal year for fans at the southern California motorsports facility. Subtle images have been drawn into this design, including surfboards, checkered flag slippers on Santa, a California Speedway logo chair, the California Speedway water tower outside the window and the artist’s trademark signature on Santa’s mug. This holiday e-card was specially designed by California Speedway Art Department Manager Tony Montano. To send this card, visit www.californiaspeedway.com and click on the link to send a holiday e-card. Once there, type in friend’s and family’s e-mail addresses, a special note and hit send. There is no limit to how many holiday e-cards that can be sent, and for every e-card sent during the month of December, California Speedway will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels, up to a $5,000 donation.(California Speedway PR)(12-7-2006)
- California Speedway Improves Sight Lines, reconfigs RV area: As part of its ongoing commitment to providing the best racing experience for fans, California Speedway President Gillian Zucker announced that the infield RV area has been reconfigured to improve sight lines for grandstand guests and the television audience, and to improve the safety conditions for drivers and safety workers by providing NASCAR officials with a better view of the track's backstretch from the tower. The reconfiguration comes in response to feedback from NASCAR officials, guests and television partners and will further ensure that in 2007 and beyond, California Speedway's February and September NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekends are fun and memorable for all involved. While the changes will result in improved sight lines for NASCAR officials and grandstand fans, the view from more than 40,000 lower grandstand seats - some of the most popular seats - will be dramatically improved. Following a sight line study conducted by Associated Engineers, Inc. of Ontario, Calif., the Speedway removed the first row of backstretch RVs placing an additional 50 ft of space after the inside retaining wall and the 150 ft. skid pad. The new open area will be fenced off and will not be accessible to the public. The reconfiguration resulted in the displacement of 157 of 1,800 RV spots and Zucker called each RV owner to explain the necessity of the changes. While these changes have benefited the track’s grandstand guests and home viewers, California Speedway has not forgotten the dedicated infield RV fans. NEXTEL Vision screens will be added to the backstretch so that infield RV guests will have an even better view of the racing action and will be able to view in full detail all pre-race and on-track entertainment. The screens will be supplemented by FM band radio (104.7) transmitting the audio PA signal and MRN broadcast. For tickets to the upcoming Auto Club 500 weekend at California Speedway, or for more information, visit www.californiaspeedway.com or call 800-944-RACE. (California Speedway PR)(11-27-2006)
- California Speedway considering track options: When Dale Earnhardt Jr. suggested that California Speedway reconfigure its track, it wasn't the first time track president Gillian Zucker had heard that suggestion. In fact, she has heard plenty of suggestions on how to make racing better on the 2-mile oval. She has gone to other tracks and talked to drivers, owners and NASCAR officials about how to create more side-by-side racing. "There are a lot of different opinions," Zucker said Saturday. "If you go back and look at the finishing order of the race, you can figure out who thinks it's a great race track and who thinks it could use a lot of work. ... It is only a 10-year-old race track. To tear it up would be a major undertaking and it is something that we're not going to do unless we're absolutely certain that by doing it, it would provide the most competitive racing surface in the nation." Although Homestead-Miami Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway have been reconfigured recently, Zucker said it might not be as simple at a 2-mile oval such as California. Adding banking would be difficult in Turn 1, Zucker said, because speeds are already so high going into that turn. Reducing the 70-foot width of the track could be an option. The other major factor that would go into any sort of repaving/reconfiguring project would be how it would improve sightlines, something that Zucker wants to focus on. "We have a good number of people in those grandstands that can't see all the way around this facility," Zucker said. "That is something that I think is really important to try to correct."(SceneDaily.com)(9-5-2006)
- 'Earl' drives a pace lap: Jason Lee, star of the NBC sitcom "My Name Is Earl" [and a Jayski Fave show] was the honorary pace car driver, driving ahead of Todd [they mean Brett] Bodine on the track. Sunday's race [at California Speedway] was the first for him. "Indy, I like a lot, and Formula One," said Lee. "I've seen some races up in Canada. I get to drive the pace car, that's pretty exciting. That's the kind of stuff you think about when you're a kid." Ethan Suplee, who plays Lee's brother Randy on the show, was also in attendance. "Randy, can you believe we're actually here? We're at NASCAR," Lee said in character. "What are the odds on Ricky Bobby winning this race?" Suplee replied, also in character, a reference to Will Ferrell's movie "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)(9-4-2006)
- Founder of America Supports You Program to Join Speedway Fans at California: Allison Barber, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, and the architect of the America Supports You program will join NASCAR fans at the California Speedway Sept. 3, 2006. America Supports You is an outreach program launched by the Department of Defense to recognize citizens’ support for military men and women and to communicate that support to members of the Armed Forces and their families.
• 86 NASCAR race cars including pace cars will carry the America Supports You decal during the Busch Series Race on Saturday, Sept 2, and the NEXTEL Cup Series on Sunday Sept 3. In addition, America Supports You logo will be stenciled in color on the grass along the front straightaway of the Speedway.
• In conjunction with the California Speedway, America Supports You will provide race fans an opportunity to text their vote of support for our military men and women in uniform. Text messaging is an interactive component of the America Supports You program designed to give all Americans a way to show the volume of their support, and it provides a strong message to members of the military. Barber and sports announcers will invite spectators to actively show their support by texting “Thanks” to T-X-A-S-Y (89279) from their cell phones.
• Shout outs from the troops stationed overseas to NASCAR fans will play on California Speedway jumbotrons, and America Supports You public service announcements will be broadcast in-stadium for on-site fans.
In addition, Barber will be interviewed on Sunday afternoon during pre-race ceremonies from the California Speedway along with four military members recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, including SPC Robby R. Case, SSgt Paula Denise Newman and Sergeant Patrick Bauschke.(NASCAR PR)(9-3-2006)
- Dale Jr. - rebuild Calif Speedway if: Some view NASCAR races at the California Speedway as boring because there isn't enough passing, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. offered a blunt solution Friday: Start over in Fontana. "Dig it up and rebuild it," he said when asked how to generate closer racing on the two-mile, D-shaped oval. "They do it at other places, so I don't see why we couldn't do it here. It's a little too flat, The banking is flat in Turns 1 and 2 and it's not conducive to good racing." All four corners have 14-degree banking. "We're going 196 [mph] down the front straightaway into a flat corner," Earnhardt said. "How are you supposed to race around that? You do your best just to get around it uneventfully, you know, much less try to pass somebody." The track's banking is flatter than some Nextel Cup tracks, but others have even less banking in the corners, including the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.(Los Angeles Times)(9-2-2006)
- Marcia Cross Named Honorary Starter for the SONY HD 500: Award-winning TV and film actress Marcia Cross will wave the green race flag at the start of the Nextel Cup Series race at the California Speedway on Sunday, September 3, 2006. Marcia is excited to team up with rookie racecar driver J.J. Yeley of the #18 car to raise awareness about migraine headaches. Migraines have been part of Marcia's life for years. She experienced her first migraine when she was in high school and for many years she suffered, unable to effectively manage her migraines. More than 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches and almost half of all people who suffer from migraines are undiagnosed. If left untreated, migraines can be highly disruptive, even disabling, making it impossible to participate in daily activities. Marcia hopes to educate race fans about migraines and encourages those who suffer from frequent, bad headaches to talk to their doctor about their symptoms. A tool she recommends to help you talk to your doctor is the Headache Quiz and can be found at www.headachquiz.com. Getting the right diagnosis can mean the difference between debilitating pain and getting relief.(California Speedway PR)(9-2-2006)
- Clarkson named Grand Marshal at California: California Speedway announced that Grammy Award-winning and Sony recording artist, Kelly Clarkson, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the SONY HD 500 on Sunday, September 3, 2006. Clarkson will give the most famous words in motorsports, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines," in front of the Southern California crowd and to a national television audience on NBC during the Labor Day NASCAR weekend event. She will also lead the Nextel Cup Series field off pit road in the Grand Marshal car prior to the start of the SONY HD 500. Clarkson, winner of FOX TV's first American Idol, hails from Burleson, Texas. Tickets for the weekend are on sale now and start as low $20. For more information, call 800-944-RACE  or log on to www.californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway PR)(8-31-2006)
- Midway Grand Opening at California Speedway to Feature Spectacular Musical Line-Up: California Speedway announced a star studded entertainment line up to debut the Entertainment Stage of the track's multi-million dollar Midway renovation project opening on Labor Day NASCAR weekend. The Entertainment Stage will be the centerpiece of the Town Center, which also includes Apex by Wolfgang Puck, a full-service restaurant. Other features in the newly redesigned Midway include a retail store, enhanced shade features, giant video walls, improved picnic and leisure areas and interactive performers. Taking the stage prior to the SONY HD 500 is Puddle of Mudd, Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts, and Julie Roberts. With the design almost doubling from the previous Midway, the new Midway will include many entertainment features and interactive performers scattered throughout the environment.
Ground breaking for the eye-catching new Midway redesign project began in February, almost immediately following the checkered
flag of the 2006 Auto Club 500. Since then, construction crews have been working through the Spring and Summer months to complete the project before the SONY HD 500 on Labor Day weekend. Tickets to the Nextel Cup Series SONY HD 500 at California Speedway on Labor Day weekend (September 1-3) are going fast. For tickets call 800-944-RACE  or log on to californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway PR)(7-20-2006)
- Consultant to help California tix sales: Long-time NASCAR consultant, short-track owner and France family friend Ken Clapp will help California Speedway in its efforts to boost slumping ticket sales at the facility. In an exclusive interview with SPEEDTV.com Thursday at Phoenix International Raceway, Clapp, 67, said he has made a commitment to assist in the revitalization of the Southern California speedway. Clapp said he was asked by NASCAR Vice Chairman Bill France, Jr. last month at Las Vegas to take on the project. “I told him it will take five years,” said Clapp, who will serve as a consultant to track President Gillian Zucker. First up on Clapp’s list is a barnstorming tour with Zucker of the Southern California media, where he has deep roots and many friends. Clapp, who for many years was co-owner and operator of the fabled Stockton 99 Speedway, said some dramatic changes could be in the works at California Speedway. Among them are a possible date change for the spring race, to move it further away from the nearby Las Vegas race, and a track redesign similar to the one done at Homestead-Miami Speedway a couple of years back. The goals are to create better racing and draw more fans.(Speed Channel)(4-22-2006)
- No plans to move any of Martinsville or California races: International Speedway Corp. Chief Operating Officer John Saunders says the company has no plans to move any of its NASCAR Nextel Cup races from Martinsville Speedway and California Speedway. Answer questions during a conference call with financial analysts to discuss the company's first-quarter financial results, Saunders today said that overall weekend attendance was down at California for February, but ISC remains bullish on the Los Angeles market. He said that the move of a race from North Carolina Speedway at Rockingham for a second California event beginning in 2004 has resulted in increased ticket sales and sponsorship revenues but has not met the company's expectations.
"While the Southwest is an underdeveloped region for NASCAR racing, we believe it is strategically important to have two major Cup weekends in the nation's second-largest media market," Saunders said. "As part of our long-term growth efforts. We are changing ticket pricing and packaging strategies, as well as adding amenities designed to enhance the fan experience. We remain confident in the long-term success of the California Speedway."
Martinsville is typically the subject of rumors about tracks that might lose a race because it has only 64,000 grandstand seats, about 5,000 more than Darlington, which has one race. All other ISC tracks that have two races have at least 75,000 seats, except the Watkins Glen road course. Martinsville is also located in Virginia, not far from Richmond International Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway "We have stated previously that realignment, which is a NASCAR initiative, is something that we're very interested in and that we would look in time to markets that are saturated, smaller markets and where we have opportunities to go to larger, underserved markets," Saunders said. "But having said all of that, there are no plans sitting here today to do anything with Martinsville's schedule in 2006, 2007 and no plans beyond that at this point"(SceneDaily.com)(4-6-2006)
- California Speedway's Zucker Woman of the Year: Assemblymember Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands) recognizes California Speedway President Gillian Zucker as the 2006 Woman of the Year for the 63rd Assembly District. "As President of California Speedway, Gillian Zucker oversees one of the busiest motorsports facilities in the country," Assemblymember Emmerson said. "The Speedway has an economic impact on the local economy of $220 million, and it is the hard work of both Gillian and her staff that has
made California Speedway a fixture in Southern California's sports and recreational world." When Gillian Zucker was appointed fourth President of California Speedway on June 23, 2005, she became the first female president of a track hosting a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event in the country. Prior to her tenure with California Speedway, Ms. Zucker worked with both Daytona International Speedway and Kansas Speedway. "Gillian is a model of success for women in the community, and is truly an astounding individual. I am honored to select Gillian Zucker as Woman of the Year for 2006," stated Assemblymember Emmerson. The Woman of the Year event is an annual event to celebrate remarkable women in California who are making a difference in their communities. Honorees from throughout the state were honored in Sacramento on Monday, March 20th during a special ceremony. Zucker was awarded with an Assembly resolution in honor of her service to our state and our country. Assemblyman Emmerson will host a Woman of Distinction Reception to locally recognize Zucker as Woman of the Year, as well as 63 other Women of Distinction from the 63rd District on Thursday, March
30.(California Speedway PR)(3-31-2006)
- Calif Speedway Prez Bulldozes Building: Concrete bricks tumbled to the ground at California Speedway on Wednesday afternoon as Speedway President Gillian Zucker drove a CAT 950 Wheel Loader into a souvenir building at Gate 13 to make way for the
multi-million dollar Midway redesign. After a quick lesson, Zucker used the machine's bucket to hit the first concrete brick wall. Seconds later it tumbled down. She continued in the same fashion, maneuvering the loader around the building until all that remained was a pile of rubble on the ground. At the site where the souvenir building stood, Wolfgang Puck's Apex restaurant will be built. The restaurant will feature dine-in accommodations, as well as takeout windows for easy access for race fans during NASCAR events. Next to Apex will sit a full service retail store where California Speedway guests can get all their Speedway and race team gear. Behind the motorsports facility's grandstands, and south of Apex, will be grass leisure areas, a town center and a concert stage. Driver merchandise trailers will wrap around promotional displays throughout the Midway to create a street festival atmosphere. Guests
will have easy access to the Midway from the west side of the property with a new accessible bridge from Lot 11. Other key elements in the new Midway include shade features, modified entry gates, expanded hospitality areas, radio broadcast locations, giant video walls, leisure areas and grass and water accents. The new midway, bringing the majority of the key entertainment features within California Speedway's fence line, will nearly double the midway footprint from 12.2 acres to 23.8 acres. Demolition of asphalt began at California Speedway on March 6. The new Midway will begin to take form later this spring and into the summer. The first public opening of the Midway will take place during the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series SONY HD 500 this Labor Day weekend (September 1-3).
For more information about California Speedway and to order tickers, please visit californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway PR)(3-24-2006)
- California not to sell out? Don't be surprised if there are empty seats Sunday at California Speedway during the Auto Club 500, the first of two stops this year for the Nextel Cup Series in Fontana. This race probably won't sell out again no matter what the speedway's marketing team does if NASCAR officials continue to hold it the week after the season-opening Daytona 500, NASCAR officials dealt California Speedway a difficult hand when they moved this race from late April or early May to February, holding it only two weeks before a wildly successful event in Las Vegas. That means the Nextel Cup Series is racing twice in basically the same market in less than a month. Las Vegas is only 224 miles away from Fontana, a four-hour drive up Interstate 15 (or an even shorter airplane ride). Brian France, the CEO of NASCAR, said he is expecting a large turnout for Sunday's race in Fontana, but even he told the media at the Daytona 500 he wasn't anticipating a sellout. California Speedway's second Cup date seems to be safe for the time being, however. NASCAR officials want to ride the wave of excitement created by the Daytona 500 into their biggest market. There probably will be about 80,000 screaming NASCAR fans in the grandstands.(Orange County Register)(2-22-2006)
- Bank of America to sponsor four ISC tracks: Bank of America Corp. said Tuesday that it has reached a five-year agreement with International Speedway Corp. to sponsor four race tracks, including California Speedway near Los Angeles. Financial terms of the latest sponsorship deal, which also includes tracks in Kansas City, Mo.; Avondale, Ariz.; and Watkins Glen, N.Y., were not disclosed. In return for its financial support, Bank of America wins the right to place advertisements and ATMs at each of the four tracks as well as entertainment space and other promotional rights. Last summer, Bank of America struck a deal with ISC's chief rival, Speedway Motorsports Inc., to sponsor Lowe's Motor Speedway in nearby Concord, N.C., and tracks at Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas and San Francisco. Bank of America also will sponsor the Nextel Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in October, the Bank of America 500.(ESPN.com/AP)(2-22-2006)
- California Speedway Day in LA: Representatives from the City of Los Angeles will declare February 22, 2006 as "California Speedway Day in L.A." They will be joined at City Hall by the winner of the 2006 Daytona 500, Jimmie Johnson, who will be in town in preparation for the February 26, 2006, Auto Club 500 at California Speedway. Johnson will drive to the south steps of City Hall in a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race car for the ceremony proclaiming February 22, 2006 as "California Speedway Day in L.A."(California Speedway)(2-21-2006)
- Ride the Rails to California Speedway: Race fans throughout the southland are revving up to be chauffeured – via rails – to the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway on February 26. The same Metrolink trains that carry thousands of Southern California residents to and from work everyday will be providing race weekend service arranged by California Speedway and San Bernardino Associated Governments. These trains will make a special stop on the San Bernardino Line at the Speedway on Friday and Saturday of race weekend, with a specially chartered service dedicated solely for the race crowd on Sunday. Race day Sunday Metrolink service will arrive at California Speedway early enough so fans can tour the midway and depart approximately one hour following the finish of the race, no matter when the checkers wave. Metrolink has been providing reliable service to California Speedway NASCAR events since the inaugural event in 1997. Round-trip passes for the train service must be purchased in advance, as there are no sales locations at California Speedway on race weekend. Sunday’s Metrolink charter service can be purchased through the California Speedway ticket office at 800-944-RACE . Passes for the Friday and Saturday train service that makes a special stop at California Speedway can be purchased at any Metrolink station that has a ticket vending machine (TVM). For more information about Metrolink’s service to California Speedway, including stations providing Sunday, February 26 Auto Club 500 service, visit www.californiaspeedway.com and click on the “Fan Info” link. For more information about Metrolink’s traditional service, visit www.metrolinktrains.com.(California Speedway PR)(2-20-2006)
- Honorary Starter, Race Official and National Anthem singer: California Speedway announced that Hilary Duff will serve as Honorary Starter, Haylie Duff will serve as Honorary Race Official and Fantasia Barrino will sing the National Anthem for the Auto Club 500 on Sunday, February 26. Kicking off NASCAR coverage on FOX, the Auto Club 500 is the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR as the second race of the season for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, one week following the Daytona 500. Hilary and Haylie Duff will help start the race by serving as Honorary Starter and Honorary Race Official, respectively, helping to wave the Green Flag to start the race. Screen star and multi-platinum recording artist Hilary Duff has starred in a number of motion pictures, including “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “A Cinderella Story,” and “The Perfect Man.” She has recorded two multi-platinum albums “Metamorphosis” and the self-titled “Hilary Duff” and recently completed her “Still Most Wanted” concert tour promoting her highly successful third album “Most Wanted.” A talented singer and songwriter, Haylie Duff is also a gifted actress who garnered worldwide attention with her 2004 role as ‘Summer’ in “Napoleon Dynamite.” This past season she starred in a recurring role in the critically-acclaimed series “Seventh Heaven” for The WB. Speedway officials also announced that “American Idol” winner and four-time Grammy nominee Fantasia Barrino will open race day festivities with the singing of the National Anthem. A native of High Point, North Carolina, Fantasia was the winner of Season Three’s “American Idol” competition. Her debut CD “Free Yourself” was released in November 2004, and the album’s title track was nominated for a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.(California Speedway PR)(2-20-2006)
- Shav Glick named Grand Marshal of Auto Club 500: California Speedway announced recently that legendary motorsports writer Shav Glick - who retired in January from the Los Angeles Times - will serve as Grand Marshal for the Auto Club 500 on February 26. The Auto Club 500 is the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR as the second race of the season for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, one week following the Daytona 500. At the race, Glick will give the "Drivers, start your engines" command to those in attendance and to a live television audience on Fox. A native Californian, Glick got his first byline in a daily newspaper in 1935 at the Pasadena Post - he was 14 years old. In 1954, legendary publisher Otis Chandler recruited Glick to the Los Angeles Mirror, which became a part of the Los Angeles Times in 1963. In 1969, Glick began covering motorsports for the Times, retiring from that post in January of this year. Glick has won countless awards in a career that has spanned nearly 70 years. In 2004, he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. He has won the Jim Murray Outstanding Journalist Award; STP/AARWBA Writing, Broadcast and Photography honors; and the AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award. He was only the fourth person in the 18-year history of the Motor Press Guild to receive a lifetime achievement award, and is a member of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. To purchase tickets for the 2006 Auto Club 500, contact the speedway ticket office at 800-944-RACE (California Speedway PR)(2-14-2006)
- New RV sites on sale this weekend at California: California Speedway announced the creation of more than 500 additional overnight RV camping spaces that will be christened during the Auto Club 500 weekend, February 24-26, 2006. The new camping section will go on-sale this Saturday (Dec. 17) during California Speedway's Garage Sale. The new camping section is located on Napa Street just west of Gate 5. More than 500 additional overnight RV camping spaces will be added to the approximately 1,800 infield spaces currently offered at California Speedway during the NASCAR weekends. The new camping section is on a packed and treated gravel lot that will be dust free on race weekend. Portable restrooms and showers will be present on the secure and lit camping area. Most camping spaces
are 20 ft. by 45 ft. A complimentary shuttle service will be available for overnight guests to the entrance gates. Guests interested in being part of the new camping section at California Speedway must purchase a package that includes two "Fan Pack" renewable season tickets (includes two Saturday and Sunday upper grandstand reserved seats) and one reserved RV camping site. The total weekend package is $410 with additional "Fan Pack" season tickets available upon request. Load in to all California Speedway camping sections will begin the Thursday of NASCAR race weekend. A complete list of rules and information is available in the 2006 Guest Guide. For more information about camping at California Speedway, or to reserve your space, call 909-429-5000. To purchase tickets to the Auto Club 500, call 800-944-RACE  or visit www.californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway PR)(12-15-2005)
- Richter honored with Award: The Fabulous Fifties honored California native Les "Coach" Richter with the Lindley Bothwell Lifetime Achievement Award during their annual banquet at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wednesday evening, December 7.
Guest honoring Mr. Richter included Ram's teammate Merlin Olsen, Dan Gurney on Riverside International Raceway, Greg Penske on early California Speedway, California Speedway President Gillian Zucker on NASCAR, George Follmer on IROC, Andy Porterfield on SCCA and Shav Glick of the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Richter currently serves as vice president of special projects for International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and based at California Speedway. He was instrumental in the development of the two-mile, state-of-the-art
superspeedway, overseeing the project for builder Roger Penske from demolition of the historic Kaiser Steel Mill, to its transformation into a world-class racing facility. The opening of the Speedway marked the return of professional oval track auto racing to the Southern California region. Mr. Richter served as the first Grand Marshal for the inaugural California 500 presented by NAPA on June 22, 1997.
A veteran motorsports executive, Mr. Richter's name is synonymous with motor racing in Southern California. In 1959, he became the executive director of Riverside International Raceway (RIR). Two years later, he became the president and general manager of RIR, a position that he held until 1983. He is credited with making RIR consistently profitable through his nationally known innovations and creativity, including the creation and promotion of the NASCAR Motor Trend 500 in 1963, and the planning and execution of the raceway's $3.6 million improvement plan in 1969. Mr. Richter is the chairman of the board for the International Race of Champions (IROC). Known to many as auto racing's "All-Star Event", IROC is open only to the world's twelve best drivers, who are selected and invited to participate in
one of motor racing's most unique competitions. Richter was the first player chosen in the regular draft of the National Football League in 1952. The New York Yankees Professional Football Club, who moved to Texas that year to become the Dallas Texans, selected him. On June 13, 1952, the Los Angeles Rams traded 11 players and draft choices to the Dallas Texans for the rights to Les Richter - an NFL record. Mr. Richter went on to play for the Rams for nine years, making all-pro as a linebacker for eight years. Mr. Richter served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a 1st Lieutenant of the 44th Infantry Division. Affectionately known as "Coach" - from his days coaching an army football team while stationed at Fort Lewis Washington and later as a Player/Coach with the Rams - he resides in Riverside, California, with his wife Marilyn, and is the father of a son, Jon, and a daughter, Anne.(California Speedway)(12-9-2005)
- California Speedway to host blowout sale: California Speedway and Americrown, the official merchandise company of
International Speedway Corporation, will host a Garage Sale on Saturday Dec. 17th with past event and old Speedway logo merchandise for purchase. Items, including clothing, Speedway signage, toys and more, will be drastically reduced, with up to one-third savings from race weekend prices. More info at www.californiaspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-944-RACE.(California Speedway PR)(12-8-2005)
- NBC Actor to be Sony HD 500 Grand Marshal: Actor Josh Duhamel, who stars in the television hit "Las Vegas," has been named Grand Marshal for California Speedway's "Finish Under the Lights" SONY HD 500 on Sunday, September 4th. At this year's race,
Duhamel will give the "Drivers, start your engines" command to those in attendance and to a live television audience on NBC. Duhamel is entering his third season as Danny McCoy on NBC's Monday night "Las Vegas," produced by NBC Universal Television Studios and Dreamworks Television. This fast-paced, sexy drama follows the elite Las Vegas surveillance team charged with maintaining the security of one of "Sin City's" largest resorts and casinos. Tickets for the SONY HD 500 are available online at www.californiaspeedway.com or by calling 800-944-RACE .(PR)(9-2-2005)
- Concert before Cup race at Calif: Billboard's 1998 "Alternative Artist of the Year," Everclear is the headlining act for the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Concert at California Speedway on Sunday, September 4, 2005, at 2:00pm/pt. Louis XIV will open the musical entertainment on race day at its new location inside Gate 16, behind the main grandstands. Catch all the sounds of Everclear and NASCAR at California Speedway during the SONY HD 500 race weekend at California Speedway. Sunday's schedule at the speedway includes the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Concert followed by the SONY HD 500. A grandstand ticket is needed to attend the concert. For ticket and event information, call 800-944-RACE  or visit www.californiaspeedway.com.(PR)(9-2-2005)
- Indy Car Demo before Calif. Cup race: Jimmy Kite has been asked to run demonstration laps at California Speedway prior
to Sunday's SONY HD 500 NEXTEL Cup event. The laps will give the diehard stock car fans at Fontana's two-mile oval a sense of what they can expect when the IRL IndyCar Series makes its appearance there on October 16 for the season finale TOYOTA Indy 400.(PR)(9-2-20005)
- Baseball great Tommy Lasorda named Starter for Sony HD 500:Dodger Special Advisor to the Chairman and Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda, will serve as Honorary Starter for the SONY HD 500 on September 4th at California Speedway. As Honorary
Starter, Lasorda will wave the green flag to start the 43 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers. "We are very excited to have Tommy Lasorda here to start our second annual SONY HD 500, which will end under the lights," said Speedway President Gillian Zucker. "His name is synonymous with Southern California, making him a perfect fit to get the state of California's largest spectator event underway."
Lasorda, the only manager in baseball history to win both a World Series and Olympic gold medal, is currently in his 56th season within
the Dodger organization. He was named Vice President in 1996 after retiring as manager, a position he held for 20 seasons. He was
promoted to Senior Vice President in 1998. Lasorda's current responsibilities include scouting, evaluating and teaching minor
league players, acting as an advisor and ambassador for the Dodgers' international affiliations, and representing the franchise at more
than 100 speaking engagements and appearances to various charities, private groups and military personnel each year. Lasorda compiled a 1,599-1,439 record and won two World Championships, four National League pennants and eight division titles from 1976-96. His 16 wins in 30 N.L. Championship Series games were the most of any manager at the time of his retirement. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1997, his first year of eligibility. "I am enthused, and excited to be named the Honorary Starter," Lasorda said. "Waving the green flag is like swinging a bat; it's all in the wrists."
Lasorda, along with previously announced Grand Marshal, Josh Duhamel ("Las Vegas") continues a tradition of high-profile celebrities,
athletes and politicians who have participated in or attended California Speedway's NASCAR events. Others scheduled to be a part of
the SONY HD 500 include Trek Thunder Kelly, Chris Kirpatrick ('Nsync), Benji Madden (Good Charlotte), Joel Madden (Good Charlotte), Frankie Muniz and Wayans brothers (Damon, Keenan Ivory, Marlon and Shawn).
Tickets for the SONY HD 500 are available online at www.californiaspeedway.com or by calling 800-944-RACE .(PR)(8-31-2005)
- Sadler to Walk of Fame: Elliott Sadler, the driver of the #38 M & M's Ford will join past NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series racers who have won at California Speedway when he's inducted into the "Walk of Fame." The ceremony, which will feature Sadler placing his footprints, signature and a bronze placard with his likeness into cement, will take place at Gate 12 on Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00am. California Speedway will present a gift to Sadler to help commemorate his historic win during the induction.(California Speedway)(8-30-2005)
- NASCAR Meets the NFL Ticket Package: Here's one great offer that NASCAR and NFL fans can't miss: enjoy a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race and an NFL game for under $150. California Speedway and the San Diego Chargers have partnered up to bring a "Bolt to the Races" package to sports fans. The package is $145 per person and includes one lower level grandstand ticket to the September 4th SONY HD 500 and one view level ticket to the November 20th San Diego Chargers vs. Buffalo Bills game. Other great extras that are part of the "Bolt to the Races" deal include your choice of a bus ride to the race (from Qualcomm Stadium) or to the game (from California Speedway), a Sunday NASCAR Pre-Race Pit Pass, California Speedway hat, San Diego Chargers Yearbook and San Diego Chargers hat. This special ticket offer is only available through the California Speedway Ticket Office. For more information, or to order your "Bolt to the Races" package, call 909.429.5000. You must mention the "Bolt to the Races" package name to get this deal.
For more information about California Speedway and the SONY HD 500 event, visit www.californiaspeedway.com. For more information about the San Diego Chargers, visit www.chargers.com..(Calirfornia Speedway)(8-10-2005)
- Another Hire at California: hearing that Mike Yurick has been hired as Director of Operations at California Speedway in Fontana. The formal announcement is set for Aug. 15. Yurick is leaving the Riverside Motorsports Park project in Merced, Calif. He was the president of the operation. Prior to his employment at RMP, Yurick was the Director of Operations for Las Vegas Motor Speedway.(8-5-2005)
- Gatorade Victory Lane Returns To Tri-Oval Grass at California: Celebrate with the winner of The SONY HD 500 at California September on September 4, 2005. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 500-mile event marks the return of Gatorade Victory Lane to the
front of the speedway's grandstands. California Speedway announced the construction of a new and improved Gatorade Victory Lane on the tri-oval grass - front and center to the grandstands. "Fans have been very vocal since my arrival at the speedway that the front and center Gatorade Victory Lane celebration at California Speedway was a special part of this track's experience," said Gillian Zucker, California Speedway president. "Through a great cooperative effort with the sanctioning bodies at NASCAR and IRL as well as our marketing partner, Gatorade, victory lane will be back where it belongs as part of the fan experience." From the inaugural NASCAR race in 1997 through the 2003 Auto Club 500 the original victory lane was located on the tri-oval grass, next to pit road and straight out from Garage In. Heightened safety concerns with media crossing pit road at Garage In while race cars were pulling into the garage following the race led to the existing Gatorade Victory Lane being moved to Pit In by Turn 4. This location has been used for IRL and NASCAR races from the 2003 TOYOTA Indy 400 through the February 2005 Auto Club 500.
California Speedway's Gatorade Victory Lane will be located on the tri-oval grass, adjacent to pit road and the start/finish line. The
new footprint will include approximately 2,800 square feet of checkerboard floor, including parts of the original victory lane/pre-race square location and stretching towards Turn 1. The new Gatorade Victory Lane will feature two entrances: one for the car, team and sponsors and another for media. The media entrance will be at the east end of victory lane, minimizing safety concerns that were present with the original victory lane as it is approximately 80 ft. beyond where cars will turn into the garage area following therace. For ticket and event information, call 800.944.RACE  or visit www.californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway)(8-4-2005)
- Labor Day Weekend Races to Finish Under the Lights: Overwhelming fan reaction to night racing at California Speedway has resulted in later start times for the speedway's NASCAR Labor Day weekend events. It was announced that California Speedway's three September NASCAR events - NASCAR West Series 200, NASCAR Busch Series 300 and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series SONY HD 500 - will have night racing finishes. Friday's West Series 200 will race completely under the lights with a start time of 8:00pm/pt. Saturday's action will feature NEXTEL Cup qualifying beginning at 2:20pm/pt followed by the Busch Series 300. This race has a start time of 5:35pm/et. (last year's event started at 3:00 p.m.) and "Finishes Under the Lights."
Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series SONY HD 500 will begin at 5:10pm/pt [8:10pm/et].
Tickets to the NASCAR Labor Day weekend event are available now. For ticket and event information, call 800-944-RACE  or visit www.californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway)(7-29-2005)
- California Speedway gets Sponsor for Sept. race: California Speedway announced that a Letter of Intent has been entered into by Sony Electronics, Inc., to be the title sponsor of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series 500 mile event at the speedway on Sunday, September 4. The multi-year sponsorship agreement for the Labor Day weekend event - the SONY HD 500 - is currently being finalized. "We are proud to welcome Sony to our family of corporate sponsors at California Speedway," said speedway President Gillian Zucker. "We're delighted to bring Sony's breakthrough technology and entertainment enhancements to the fans at the track as we strive to make the SONY HD 500, Southern California's 'can't miss' Labor Day event." The SONY HD 500, which will be televised nationally in high definition on NBC, will start at 8:10pm/et, allowing for a finish under the lights. This will be the eleventh NEXTEL Cup Series race at California Speedway's two-mile, D-shaped oval. Through the race entitlement, SONY will become the "Official Consumer Electronics Product" for this holiday NASCAR weekend. Sony is in its fifth year as an associate sponsor to Penske Racing South's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series #12 alltel entry driven by Ryan Newman. For the
Labor Day weekend event, Sony will be the primary sponsor for the #12 SONY HDTV Dodge. For more information about Sony, go to www.sony.com.
Tickets for the SONY HD 500 Labor Day weekend are on sale now. For ticket and event information, call 1-800-944-RACE  or log onto www.californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway PR)(7-19-2005)
- California Speedway Names New President: Gillian Zucker, who currently serves as Vice President of Business Operations and Development at Daytona International Speedway and once served as Assistant General Manager for the High Desert Mavericks Baseball Club in Adelanto, Calif., has been named President of California Speedway. Zucker, 36, replaces William G. Miller, who announced his resignation from the Speedway in March. She will assume her duties July 5th. As President, Zucker will be responsible for all strategic planning and day to day operations of the facility including event execution and fan development.(California Speedway PR)(6-23-2005)
- California offers 2006 season packages: California Speedway announced new changes in the ticket packages for 2006.
Leading the charge into the new racing season will be tiered seating, where loyal guests will be rewarded with the best seats in the house. This new seating chart will feature season ticket holders in the upper portion of the grandstands only, while the lower section will be strictly for Sunday only tickets and Friday and Saturday general admission seats. Sunday only tickets will be available in a limited number of seats in the upper section of Turn 1. In addition to the new grandstand layout, fan amenities have been upgraded in
the Season Ticket Holder sections, which will feature roving vendors, minimizing the amount of time guests will spend away from the racing action. Each season ticket holder will receive an annual gift as well as a quarterly newsletter from the superspeedway. In addition, the event atmosphere and entertainment throughout the facility will undergo some changes to the delight of guests. Current Season Ticket holders should expect to get their renewal form and 2006 brochure in the mail this week. All renewals must be submitted to the
California Speedway Ticket Office by June 22. More info at www.californiaspeedway.com or call 800-944-RACE (California Speedway)(6-6-2005)
- Tragic News: Two people were killed Thursday in a crash at California Speedway in Fontana. A private car club was renting the speedway at the time of the crash. A Porsche Carrera GT crashed into a retaining wall and came to rest on the track's infield. Authorities said two people were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. One person was pronounced dead at the scene. The second person in the car was transported by Mercy Air to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. That person later died. The track is home to the California 500, Nextel Cup 500, the Toyota Indy 400 and other motorsport events. The 2-mile D-shaped oval surrounds an infield portion used for road courses and a 13-turn interior test circuit. Private parties can rent the track to turn laps.(NBC4.tv)(6-2-2005)
- Candidates for Calif Post: Bryan Sperber's [Presdient of Phoenix] search for candidates to take the helm of California Speedway, that key Los Angeles anchor for the International Speedway Corp., could now include two of this sport's top marketing veterans, Ty Norris and Bill Armour, and one of the sport's rising management talents, Talladega's Rick Humphrey. All three are products of R. J. Reynolds' sports marketing operation, which has also produced track presidents Curtis Gray at Homestead-Miami, Chris Powell at Las Vegas, Jeff Byrd at Bristol, and Grant Lynch at Talladega.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-30-2005)
- California Speedway President Announces Resignation: William G. Miller, President of California Speedway since Sept. 2000, announced his resignation from the speedway effective March 31, 2005. No permanent replacement for Miller has been named at this time. Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan Sperber will oversee operations of the speedway until a replacement is named. "There is never a perfect time to leave an organization, but I thought now would be best for me and my family," Miller said. "It also gives the team here time to work toward its two upcoming events in April and prepare for the Labor Day NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event. It's been an honor and a pleasure to work with this team and our family of sponsors and partners." During his tenure as President, the speedway experienced unprecedented growth in the event schedule and facility usage, including two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekends, bringing the total to six major spectator events promoted by the speedway. With the opening of the road course
and drag strip in 2001, the facility quickly gained the reputation as one of the most multi-purpose venues in the country. In 2004, the
facility was in use over 330 calendar days. "It was my dream to manage a top-tier professional motorsports facility. I've lived and enjoyed that experience to the fullest," Miller said. "I've learned and worked for some of the best in the business. ISC and Penske Motorsports gave me the tools and the opportunity to be successful and grow the sport. I am grateful for their support and proud of all that my team and I have accomplished. It's time to focus on new challenges and opportunities to apply my leadership skills and add value to a new organization."(California Speedway)(3-24-2005)
- Sept. Calif Tix on sale: Single-day tickets to the Labor Day NASCAR Weekend (September 2-4, 2005) at California Speedway go on-sale today, March 23rd. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (Sept. 4), NASCAR Busch Series (Sept. 3) and the NASCAR Grand National Division, West Series (Sept. 2) will be competing on the 2-mile, D-shaped oval. The NEXTEL Cup 500-mile race is the second to last event before the "Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup" is solidified. California Speedway offers several convenient methods for ticket purchases: · Online at www.californiaspeedway.com · Calling 1-800-944-RACE  · Visiting the California Speedway ticket office outside the speedway's administration building at 9300 Cherry Ave, Fontana, CA 92335.(California Speedway)(3-23-2005)
- California Race Attendence Down: That brilliant Daytona 500 finish a week ago didn't translate into a big crowd in the Los Angeles market - which is NASCAR's largest market. Yesterday's crowd for the California Auto Club 500 was estimated at less than 70,000, at a facility which holds 92,000 [other estimates say 90,000 total were there for 110,000 including infield]. The France family shut down North Carolina Speedway at Rockingham because that track was unable to fill its 60,000 seats and moved that tour date here. However, Bill Miller, the president of California Speedway, put on a happy face when insisting to the media that, despite the numerous empty seats, "We're pleased with the weekend. "There are a lot of elements that go into saying 'What is a successful event?' I go to the sponsors, to the industry people, to NASCAR, the people who are out there, and they're saying this has been a successful weekend. It's just not gauged on one element. It is the whole package." Miller declined to release specific attendance figures.(Winston Salem Journal)
AND Miller noted several factors which might have affected attendance, notably the unusual bad weather (more than 10in of rain in the general in the days before the race), which affected nearby streets, the track itself, and perception of the event. "Certainly the weather has had a huge impact," he said. "There's no question, when it leads off the national news on Tuesday." He also noted that SoCal customers do not yet have the awareness and fervor of fans in NASCAR's traditional Southeastern homeland. "It has to do with where we are in the maturity of the West Coast and the emphasis of taking [NASCAR] out here," he said.(Speed Channel), one thing noticed, you didn't see many shots on TV of the grandstands.(2-28-2005)
- Auto Club extends with California Speedway: The Automobile Club of Southern California -- the nation’s largest AAA affiliate -- today signed a three-year agreement to continue as the title sponsor for the Auto Club 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at California Speedway, continuing a partnership that dates back to the speedway’s opening in 1997. California Speedway President Bill Miller and Automobile Club of Southern California President and CEO Thomas V. McKernan Jr. made the announcement.
An original California Speedway corporate partner, the Auto Club’s relationship with California Speedway began in 1997 with the Auto Club 200 Inaugural NASCAR Winston West Series race. The company moved its sponsorship to the NASCAR Busch Series race in 1999 with the Auto Club 300, continuing with that event through the 2002 race. The Auto Club assumed the event title sponsor of the then NASCAR Winston Cup Series in 2003. In addition to its title sponsorship of the Auto Club 500, the Automobile Club of Southern California will have a presence as an “Official” status partner at all of California Speedway’s major spectator events, including both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekends; the AMA Superbike Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited weekend; Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series weekend; Southern California Historic SportsCar Festival; and the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series weekend. The “Official” categories include: Auto Club, Motor Club, Roadside Assistance Provider, Auto Insurance Provider, Home Insurance Provider and Life Insurance Provider. The Auto Club’s motorsports program also serves as a forum to educate young men and women, reaching out to thousands of high school students each year to motivate them to prepare for life after graduation and to inform them about career opportunities in automotive technology fields. Nearly 70 Auto Club offices from San Diego to Bishop serve members of 13 Southern California counties with a variety of automotive and insurance services, travel discounts and planning, roadside assistance and financial services. For more information on the Automobile Club of Southern California and its services, log on to www.aaa.com.(California Speedway site)(2-27-2005)
- He's Back: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will be at California Speedway Sunday for the Auto Club 500. Schwarzenegger will participate in pre-race activities, then watch the NEXTEL Cup’s second race of the season.(California Speedway site)(2-26-2005)
- Magic Johnson Named Grand Marshall for Auto Club 500: California Speedway says retired basketball star Magic Johnson will be the grand marshal for Sunday's Auto Club 500 Nextel Cup race. Johnson, a member of basketball's hall of fame who is working with NASCAR to broaden its appeal to minorities, will give the command to the drivers to start their engines before the race.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(2-24-2005)
- Southern 500 coming back in 2006? UPDATE 3 No Plans: ESPN Magazine is reporting [Dec. 6th page 140] that Labor Day racing may return to Darlington [Raceway] as early as 2006. NASCAR were concerned at the negative reaction to the mothballing of the 54-year-old Southern 500, and that was before LA [Los Angeles] TV stations bailed on the race at Fontana, CA [California Speedway, Sept 5th on NBC], Darlington's replacement, in favor of baseball.(ESPN Magazine)(12-1-2004), been told that the NBC affilaite in LA doesn't carry baseball, so not sure of that reference.
UPDATE: from an ESPN Insider chat with NASCAR President Mike Helton when asked about the 'return' of the Southern 500: "The 2005 schedule that has been released shows the only Darlington race being on the Saturday before Mother's Day. Since we only plan one year at a time, that is the most current answer."(ESPN.com Insider)(12-8-2004)
UPDATE 2 - California could lose a 2nd date? Among the rumors at the Nextel Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C., is that one of California Speedway's two NASCAR dates could be in trouble. Mind you, it's strictly something said and repeated but never finding its way into print. After all, it's rather silly to even think about. Absurd is perhaps a better adjective. NASCAR, track owner International Speedway Corp. and the controlling France family went to great lengths to realign the schedule in 2004 to give Fontana its Labor Day Sunday night event. To even propose such a thought after one race is unthinkable. However, it indicates someone somewhere is concerned about whether NASCAR will ever catch on in Southern California. Apparently, selling 93,000 seats or so, not to mention another 15,000 in the infield, isn't enough for some. There have been published reports in various Southern newspapers that California Speedway is encountering problems selling tickets for the Feb. 27 Auto Club 500.(more at the Daily Bulletin)(1-28-2005)
UPDATE 3 - No plans to return Darlington's race to Labor Day: Darlington won’t get its date back. NASCAR president Brian France said there are no plans to give Darlington Raceway back its traditional Labor Day weekend date despite published reports that the track with that date might lose a race. He also didn’t totally close the door. “That’s always possible,” he said. “But I think they want to build their equity on the Saturday night race Mother’s Day weekend, and they’re very focused on doing that.” Speculation that California Speedway might lose the Labor Day date it inherited from Darlington last year surfaced during NASCAR’s media tour in Charlotte two weeks ago.(The State)(2-11-2005)
- California Testing - Fans Invited: As part of NASCAR's Preseason Thunder, several NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series teams will participate in a test session at California Speedway from January 31 - February 3, 2005. As of early January, nine NASCAR Busch Series drivers have confirmed for the first two days of the test and 32 NEXTEL Cup Series drivers have confirmed for the remaining two days of the test. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series test dates, February 2 - 3, will be open to the general public, free of charge from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Guests will be invited to park inside the oval in the Suite Parking Lots and view the test session from above the Terrace Suites on Pit Road to get up close to the action. A few additional entertainment-type opportunities are also being worked on for guests who attend the test, including a Terrace Suite opening, which will allow guests to experience how the NASCAR weekend's Suite Action puts them right on top of the action in one of the Speedway's well-appointed luxury suites. A three-day Suite Action package for February 25-27 is $1,100 and a two-day for February 26-27 is $950. Individual tickets for the upcoming race weekend will also be on sale, and guests who purchase tickets at the test to any one of the three February 25-27 race dates will receive a free license plate frame. Those that have already purchased tickets and bring a friend to the test who purchases a race ticket will receive a free license plate frame as well as the ticket purchaser. Party Zone passes, featuring driver question and answer sessions on race weekend, are also on sale. This fan hospitality area is located inside the Infield and every Party Zone pass includes a pit pass for the day purchased. Saturday's pass is $85, Sunday's pass is $125 and a combined two-day pass is $175. A weekend pit pass, which will allow guests to tour pit road prior to each day's race, is also available. For ticket and event information, call 800-944-RACE  or visit www.californiaspeedway.com.
A tentative list of drivers confirmed as of January 13 for the NASCAR test at California Speedway follows:
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Drivers (2/2-3):
#01-Joe Nemechek, #07-Dave Blaney, #0-Mike Bliss, #2-Rusty Wallace, #5-Kyle Busch, #6-Mark Martin, #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr, #9-Kasey Kahne, #10-Scott Riggs, #12-Ryan Newman, #14-John Andretti, #16-Greg Biffle, #17-Matt Kenseth, #19-Jeremy Mayfield, #21-Ricky Rudd, #24-Jeff Gordon, #25-Brian Vickers, #29-Kevin Harvick, #31-Jeff Burton, #38-Elliott Sadler, #40-Sterling Marlin, #41-Casey Mears, #42-Jamie McMurray, #43-Jeff Green, #44-Terry Labonte, #45-Kyle Petty, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #49-Ken Schrader, #77-Travis Kvapil, #88-Dale Jarrett #91-Bill Elliott and #97-Kurt Busch.
NASCAR Busch Series Drivers (1/31-2/1):
#6-Paul Wolfe, #2-Clint Bowyer, #10[#15?]-Michel Jourdain Jr, #18-JJ Yeley, #20-Denny Hamlin, #22-Kenny Wallace, #32-Shane Hmiel, #41-Reed Sorenson, #44-Justin Labonte.(California Speedway PR)(1-14-2005)
- Karts at California Speedway: The California Speedway will host the Roadrace Karting Festival Jan 8-9th. Karts ranging from 100cc to 250cc Superkarts will be competiting and running speeds from 90 to 140mph down the main straight. There is a free viewing area and for $15 fans can roam around the garage check out the karts and go out to the hot pit area. More info at the Southern California Karters site.(1-3-2005)
- California to implement Saturday qualifying rules: California Speedway announced that it will be the first speedway on the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series season schedule to implement Saturday qualifying during the February 25-27 NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend, which also includes a Friday night NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. The Auto Club 500 race weekend takes place one week after the season-opening Daytona 500. NASCAR announced a new rule in mid-November stipulating a change in the 2005 qualifying procedures where all cars will be impounded following their qualifying session, meaning teams will not be permitted to work on the cars and will have to focus their efforts on preparing for race set-ups starting with the all-important practice sessions on Friday. Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Auto Club 500 is slated for 12:10pm/pt on Saturday, February 26. Cup qualifying is sandwiched between NASCAR Busch Series qualifying, which kicks off the day at 10:00am/pt, and the NASCAR Busch Series 300-mile race, which starts at 3:00pm/pt and will likely finish "Under the Lights." Saturday concludes with the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Concert, which is free for all guests with a Saturday ticket, followed by a spectacular fireworks show by PyroSpectaculars. In addition, 2004 Auto Club 500 champion Jeff Gordon will be inducted into the speedway's Walk of Fame at Gate 12 either prior to or after NEXTEL Cup Series qualifying. Tickets for Saturday are just $40 in the lower level reserve section
and $50 in the upper level reserve section. While Busch Series and NEXTEL Cup Series qualifying has moved to Saturday, Friday remains full of on-track action with a new, first-ever Friday night NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, which joins the Busch Series and NEXTEL Cup Series races for this new NASCAR Tripleheader Weekend. Craftsman Truck Series qualifying for the American Racing Wheels 200 starts the day at 10:00am/pt. Two Busch Series practice sessions will be held from Noon to 1:10pm/pt. and from 2:50 to 3:50pm/pt. The NEXTEL Cup Series will also have two practice sessions to fine-tune their machines from 1:20 to 2:40pm/pt and a final practice session from 4:00 to 5:00pm/pt, setting the stage for the American Racing Wheels 200 at 6:15pm/pt. Tickets for Friday are general admission and just $30 with children 12 and under free.
Two other new NASCAR rules are scheduled to be in effect at California Speedway during the February weekend aimed at bringing the NASCAR competition closer. A new gear rule for NASCAR's top three premier racing series will limit the maximum RPMs that all engines will be able to produce in competition. The other new rule, a reduction of the rear spoiler by an inch at all non-restrictor plate tracks, effects just the NEXTEL Cup Series teams. The spoilers will be 4.5 inches in height, reducing aero-push and enhancing the passing ability of the cars. Tickets are on sale now at 800-944-RACE  or online at www.californiaspeedway.com for this February Tripleheader Weekend. Pre-race Pit passes and Party Zone passes, California Speedway's fan hospitality featuring several NASCAR stars, are also on sale.(California Speedway PR)(12-22-2004)
- Southern 500 coming back in 2006? ESPN Magazine is reporting [Dec. 6th page 140] that Labor Day racing ma yreturn to Darlington [Raceway] as early as 2006. NASCAR were concerned at the negative reaction to the mothballing of the 54-year-old Southern 500, and that was before LA [Los Angeles] TV stations bailed on the race at Fontana, CA [California Speedway, Sept 5th on NBC], Darlington's replacement, in favor of baseball.(ESPN Magazine)(12-1-2004)
- Races looking for sponsors: at least four race tracks are looking for a title sponsor for their Nextel Cup races in 2005:
Chicagoland [Tropicana left, will miss the big orange]
Michigan [DHL lasted one year, will they be involved in NASCAR ?}
California [Pop Secret moved from the Rock for a year, General Mills
Talladega [EA Sports gone]
California is looking for $2 million for the labor day prime time race
(NASCAR Scene Print)(11-26-2004)
- Olympians to attend the Cup race at California: Fresh from Athens, 2004 Olympic Gold Medallists Amanda Beard, Leah O'Brien-Amico and Kimberly Rhode will be on hand at this weekend's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500 race at California Speedway. Combined, these athletes have garnered 13 Olympic medals. Beard, who hails from Irvine, Calif., won gold swimming in the 200 breaststroke and claimed silver medals in both the 200 individual medley and four-by-100 relay. Just completing her third Olympic games, Beard's career total medals now sits at seven. She also holds the world record in the 200-meter breaststroke, set in July 2003. O'Brien-Amico earned her third gold medal with the U.S. Softball team last month. The Chino Hills, Calif., resident drove in five runs during the team's championship quest in Athens. Rhode, an accomplished double trap shooter, collected her second gold and third Olympic medal overall in Athens. Just one week after her 17th birthday, the El Monte, Calif., resident made the 1996 Olympic team and became the youngest female gold medallist in Olympic shooting history. She is currently studying Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Cal Poly Pomona.(California Speedway PR)(9-2-2004)
- California Speedway gets sprayed: Seeking to prevent a West Nile virus outbreak among NASCAR fans, San Bernardino County health officials will spray pesticides around the California Speedway in the early morning hours today.
The timing of this Sunday's race - the first to be run at dusk, when mosquitoes are active - played a role in the decision, a county spokesman said, but not a deciding role. Because Fontana had six of San Bernardino County's first West Nile virus cases, officials decided it would be prudent to reduce the mosquito population around the Speedway before having fans from around the state and the region spend all weekend outside there, county spokesman David Wert said.(Inland Valley Daily Bulletin)(9-1-2004)
- Tix still available at California/Ride the train: Tickets for the NASCAR events at California Speedway during Labor Day weekend are available by calling 1-800-944-RACE . Prices for Sunday's Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500 race are $105 and $65. For Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series Target House 300, tickets are $50 and $40, while Friday's Chevy Trucks Pole Day tickets are just $10. Tickets can be purchased on the speedway's website at www.californiaspeedway.com.
AND Reserved seats on the specially chartered trains to California Speedway for the Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500 can be purchased through the speedway's ticket office by calling 800-944-RACE  or logging onto www.californiaspeedway.com.(9-1-2004)
- Fly Over: the Fly Over for the 250-lap Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway will be conducted by four F-15C's out of Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.(California Speedway PR)(9-1-2004)
- Calif Busch Race Grand Marshall: California Speedway announced Olympic figure skating champion and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton as the Honorary Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Busch Series Target House 300 on September 4. With Hamilton presiding over the race, he and the children of Target House will get the event underway by giving the most famous words in motorsports, "Gentleman, start your engines," via satellite from Memphis, TN. Target House is a home away from home for families and children receiving care at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. As an extension of St. Jude's commitment to care for any child regardless of the family's ability to pay, Target House provides fully furnished apartments, free-of-charge. Target House continues to be funded by Target Stores and its vendor and celebrity partners. The Target House 300 joins the Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race Labor Day weekend. For ticket and event information, call 800-944-RACE  or log onto www.californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway PR)(8-31-2004)
- Race Weeks heats up in Fontana: To celebrate the Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500 at California Speedway on Labor Day weekend, the City of Fontana, the Fontana Downtown Business Association and the Fontana Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up with California Speedway to invite residents to the first "Fontana Race Week" celebration. The weeklong festival is slated for September 1-5, capping with the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Pop Secret 500 at the superspeedway. Activities during "Fontana Race Week" include a golf tournament, rally, block party, NASCAR themed "Cruise Night" and will culminate with the racing events at California Speedway during Labor Day weekend.
Here's a look at the five day celebration:
Rally: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series transporters, including the No. 32 Tide Chevrolet hauler, will make a pitstop at City Hall on Thursday, September 2 at noon to be part of a rally. These haulers are 18-wheel tractor-trailer rigs that NASCAR teams use to transport two racecars, engines, tools and support equipment to the racetracks. Cars are towed in the top section, while the bottom floor is used for workspace. Join the Rally and watch these NASCAR transporters travel the final four miles of their 2,400-mile trip across country for the weekend's racing. City Council will present the "Keys to the City" honoring California Speedway and NASCAR.
Block Party: NASCAR driver appearances will highlight an evening packed with excitement to get the party started on Thursday, September 2 from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. The Block Party will take place in the area of the Civic Center Campus, Community Church Hall, Fontana Women's Club and will block off Sierra Avenue near City Hall. SPEED Channel's Summer Blast Tour, which features a 50 ft. x 20 ft. display, will be on-site with tons of giveaways. Get your NASCAR and California Speedway apparel at the Americrown display and fill your goodie bags with tons of other great items from a host of other vendors. NASCAR show cars, including the No. 21 Motorcraft Ford, will be on display. NASCAR drivers will be signing autographs between 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. for a short period of time at the California Speedway display. Drivers who are scheduled to appear include Scott Riggs and Martin Truex Jr.
NASCAR Cruise Night: Fontana's monthly "Cruise Night" will get a visit from NASCAR on Friday, September 3 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Everyone will get a chance to check out some of the most spectacular classic cars and cruisers at the intersection of Arrow Blvd. and Nuevo Rd. NASCAR drivers will make special stop by appearances that evening. As an added bonus, "Cruise Night" participants will have the opportunity to bring their cars to California Speedway on Saturday where they can take in all the NASCAR action, the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Concert sounds and take their cars out on the track for a cruise.
For additional information about "Fontana Race Week" call 909-350-7620. California Speedway guests who are camping in the
infield for the weekend can take advantage of a shuttle service to and from the activities on Thursday (4:00 - 9:30 p.m.) and Friday (6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
To cap off the week, California Speedway will host three great days of racing excitement. NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series teams will practice and qualify for the weekend's races on Friday, September 3. Friday's general admission tickets are $10 (children 12 and under are free with a paid adult). Saturday will feature NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice, the NASCAR Busch Series Target House 300 and the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Concert featuring Camp Freddy. Saturday reserved seating tickets are $40 and $50. The Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500, featuring the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, will take place late Sunday afternoon. Sunday's reserved seating tickets are $65 and $105.
For more information, call 800-944-RACE  or log onto www.californiaspeedway.com. When you call, ask how you can get even
closer to the action with California Speedway's $45 pit pass or fan hospitality Party Zone.(California Speedway PR)(8-30-2004)
- Richard Petty to be Grand Marshall of the Pop Scret 500: California Speedway announced that seven-time NASCAR Champion Richard Petty will serve as Honorary Grand Marshal for the Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500 on September 5. Petty's NASCAR career spans over three decades and he holds all-time records for most career wins (200), poles (127), wins in a season (27 in 1967), consecutive wins (10 in 1967) and starts (1,185). Petty, 67, was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1997. He has also been named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers.
The Inaugural "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500 joins the Target House 300 NASCAR Busch Series race Labor Day weekend. Tickets for Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series practice are $40 and $50. Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Pop Secret 500 tickets are $65 and $105. For ticket and event information call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit the
speedway's website at www.californiaspeedway.com.(California Speedway PR)(8-27-2004)
- Miller Announces Concert Series: Miller Brewing Company announced this year’s “Rock ‘n’ Racing” concert series will kickoff with a trackside concert featuring popular rock band Live during the NASCAR Auto Club 500, May 1 at California Speedway in Fontana, California. Miller’s Rock ‘n’ Racing program combines two of our country’s greatest pastimes – racing and live music. It will feature a series of trackside concerts at select NASCAR Nextel Cup and the Indianapolis 500, including:
May 1, Fontana, NASCAR Auto Club 500 featuring Live
May 22, Charlotte, NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge featuring Live
May 27, Indianapolis, IRL’s Carb Day featuring Blues Traveler
July 9, Chicago, NASCAR Nextel Cup Tropicana 400 featuring Puddle of Mudd
Sept. 4, Fontana, NASCAR Nextel Cup Pop Secret 500 featuring Camp Freddy
- National Anthem at California: Hayley Westenra, 16, of New Zealand will sing the national anthem during today's pre-race ceremonies. Westenra's debut recording, "Pure," was released in North America April 6.(Press Enterprise)(5-2-2004)
- California Speedway Seats Sold Out; Sept Tix on sale: California Speedway announced that Sunday's Auto Club 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race is sold out; however, infield wristbands for $45 remain on sale, according to Bill Miller, president of California Speedway. It marks the eighth straight year the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race has sold out at the two-mile D-shaped oval. "After having our biggest Saturday crowd ever, it gives me great pleasure to announce the sellout of the Auto Club 500. This is another great achievement for California Speedway and once again shows the popularity of NASCAR racing in Southern California," Miller said. "We are looking forward to a tremendous race on Sunday, which will set the tone for our Labor Day Weekend Pop Secret 500." Individual tickets for the Sunday, September 5, Pop Secret 500 went on sale Saturday at the speedway inside of Gates 12 and 14. Tickets were also available on the speedway's website at www.californiaspeedway.com and by phone at 1-800-944-RACE (7223). Tickets sellers will also be available inside Gates 12 and 14 on Sunday. "NASCAR's return in September will be special with the "Finish Under the Lights" Pop Secret 500," Miller said. "We definitely want to encourage our guests coming out on Sunday to purchase their tickets for September as NASCAR's stars return to Southern California." Tickets for the Pop Secret 500 are $105 and $65. The weekend also features a 300-mile NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday.(California Speedway Site)(5-2-2004)
- Nice Gesture: Stater Bros. Markets is proudly donating a total of 1000 tickets to military personnel for the upcoming NASCAR races at the California Speedway in Fontana, California. This donation includes tickets for the "Stater Bros. 300" NASCAR Race on Saturday, May 1, 2004 as well as the "Auto Club 500" NASCAR Race on Sunday May 2, 2004. Stater Bros. is the "Official Grocery Store" of the California Speedway for 2004. Stater Bros. is also the title sponsor of the NASCAR Busch Series event "The Stater Bros. 300" at the California Speedway on Saturday, May 1, 2004.(PRNewswire)(4-27-2004)
- California to test the lights: California Speedway will light up the entire facility of the 2-mile, D-shaped oval for the first time on Friday, April 30th. The multi-million dollar lighting project began in October 2003 in anticipation of the “Finish Under the Lights” Pop Secret 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race in September. Approximately 130 light poles (29 grandstand, 24 skybox and 74 free standing) will light the racing surface from the oval’s exterior. An additional 390 mirtran lighting structures are located throughout the infield inside the retaining wall. 1,500 lighting fixtures (bulbs), 250 tons of concrete and 200 miles of wire were used to make the system. Once lit, the massive lighting system will utilize 2.5 million watts of power.(California Speedway PR)(4-30-2004)
- California Tix Sales Light? UPDATE Look for a sellout...again: Ticket sales for the May 2 California 500 are reportedly way down, because fans are buying tickets to the new Labor Day weekend race instead. Nextel team owners report their sponsors are being offered blocks of tickets to try to fill the stands.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-18-2004)
UPDATE: California Speedway president Bill Miller did not waver from his task last week when published reports indicated ticket sales for next Sunday’s NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Auto Club 500 were “soft.” “We do have tickets, but the availability is limited,” said Miller. “We don’t have corporate blocks but we’re not down to selling ones or twos. The nature of this market is to gravitate toward the event.” Late buyers may stumble onto premium seats. Miller indicated some of the Speedway’s best seats will become available this week after being released by the ticket office. With the Auto Club 500 seven days away, less than 8,000 tickets remain for the race. Miller is confident the “sold out” shingle will be displayed by week’s end, signaling more than 110,000 in attendance. That would mean all 92,000 grandstand tickets and the 5,000 or so sky box or terrace suite seats sold. The infield has been sold out for months, although $45 wristbands will be available Sunday morning. That’s contrary to what was written last week, specifically the Winston-Salem Journal reporting a week ago ticket sales were soft and revised it to “poor” on Friday. The story attributed the situation to the fact fans were more interested in buying tickets to the inaugural Sept. 5 Pop Secret 500. In reality, individual ticket sales for Fontana’s second Nextel Cup race do not go on sale until Saturday. As a matter of fact, sales have ensured that Saturday’s NASCAR West and Busch Series races will probably be the best attended in the Speedway’s eight-year history.(Press Telegram)(4-27-2004)
- California Speedway Boss is influential: California Speedway President William Miller was named one of Southern California's 25 most influential sports executives by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Miller, who became CMS president in 2000, ranked 23rd on the list.(NASCAR Scene Daily 'Free' Newsletter)(4-2-2004)
- California Next with SAFER: California Speedway President Bill Miller announced that installation of the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) wall is scheduled to begin at the superspeedway in early April with an anticipated completion date prior to the April 30-May 2nd Auto Club 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series weekend. Two sets of barriers will be placed along the turns at the two-mile oval, with the first set starting at the entrance of turn one and running continuously to the exit of turn two. The second set will start at the entrance of turn three and run continuously to the exit of turn four. A third set of barriers will be placed on the inside retaining
wall off the exit of turn two, extending approximately two-thirds of the way down the backstretch.(California Speedway PR)(3-2-2004)
- Latest Darlington rumor: When the lights go up, the Labor Day date comes back and everyone wins. California can have Darlington's new November date -- making the big L.A. market part of the 10-race title chase -- and the Southern 500 returns to its traditional weekend. Why would they be putting up lights at Darlington for either of its two cool-weather events? It's such a perfect solution, you kinda figure it's not true.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-21-2004)
- Race for Relief Efforts Led by Overwelming Fan Support: California Speedway and the American Red Cross today announced the "Race for Relief" monetary donation total of $143,284.29 to the Southern California Fire Disaster Relief fund, which is being administered by the American Red Cross. The largest of the monetary donations, $93,462.50, came from California Speedway ticket holders who donated the cost of their Champ Car weekend tickets to the disaster relief efforts following its cancellation. Close to 500 ticket holders responded with ticket totals averaging at $200, with some as high as $900. With wildfires raging in the nearby mountains, and throughout Southern California, California Speedway turned to relief mode to help those affected by the fires. On November 1st and 2nd, California Speedway opened its facilities to raise funds and act as a drop-off site for much needed items for fire victims. The outpouring of support kicked off on Wednesday at the SpeedFreaks Party at Dave & Busters. The SpeedFreaks, Kenny Sargent, Crash Gladys, Lugg Nuttz and Statt Mann, host parties to kick-off the speedway's events, however with the King Taco 500 canceled, the crew conducted an auction to jump start the "Race for Relief" effort. Motorsport professionals from across the country over-nighted autographed items with short notice for the auction. The next event was the two-day "Race for Relief" donation site at the speedway where people could donate money, food and clothing. The two-day donation total surpassed $20,000 from the community and speedway partners. Included in the two-day total were donations from California Speedway ($5,000), Penske Automotive Group ($5,000) and Kawasaki Road Racing employee and company match ($2,400). KFRG radio station was on-site during the two day event and played a key roll in the promotion of the relief efforts in the days leading up to "Race for Relief." As well, more than five truckloads of clothing, diapers, toys, toiletries and houseware items were collected and donated to area shelters and the Salvation Army. With food donations from Americrown, the speedway's on-site food and beverage company, and several CART Champ Car teams, a 24-ft. Penske truckload of food, enough to serve 3,000 meals, was distributed to 11 shelters with the help of Inland Harvest. As if all of this wasn't enough, Gatorade, Gate City Distributors and Red Bull donated beverages to the firefighters. Bottled juices, waters, sports and energy drinks in excess of 1,500 cases were distributed to fire base camps to refresh those fighting the blazes. Other miscellaneous donations included Dewalt Tools (two pallets of power tools), Michigan International Speedway (clothing and 400 die-cast cars) and Lucas Oil Products (linens, books, hairbrushes and a $250 Target giftcard). Monetary donations were also received from Bridgestone ($10,000), CARA Charities ($1,000), Indy Racing League ($10,000) and Searing Industries ($1,000).(California Speedway PR)(12-17-2003)
- California Speedway Tix on sale Dec 1st: California Speedway's 2004 individual race tickets go on sale beginning December 1st, with the exception of the NASCAR Labor Day weekend tickets that go on sale May 1st. Season ticket packages for
2004 are on sale now, featuring the Ultimate Season Package, the NASCAR Six Pack and the Pick Your NASCAR Weekend packages. Purchasing at California Speedway is easy when you go online at www.californiaspeedway.com and navigate through the online purchasing center, including an interactive 3-D map that allows you to check out a panoramic view from available seating locations. Not computer savvy? No problem, the second option is calling 1-800-944-RACE (7223) and talking to a customer service representative who can assist you. The third option is visiting the speedway's ticket office in person at 9300 Cherry Avenue in Fontana, Calif., north of the 10 freeway - off the Cherry Ave. exit.(11-24-2003)
- California Speedway wants fee back: A subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation, the parent company of California Speedway, has filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court in Central California seeking the return of most of the $2.5 million sanctioning fee paid to CART for the now-canceled season-finale. The race, scheduled to be run last Sunday in Fontana, Calif., was postponed by California Speedway on Oct. 28 with a series of wildfires still raging through Southern California. CART announced the cancellation of its season-ending King Taco 500 on Oct. 29. Chris Pook, CART's president and CEO, said the sanctioning organization had looked at several options for running the race later, but could not come up with a suitable date. The petition to the court asks for the return of the sanctioning fee less "a mutually agreeable amount for legitimate expenses reasonably incurred by CART in preparing for the event." Financially strapped CART reported third-quarter losses of $34.4 million last week, and said if its proposed sale to the new Open Wheel Racing group falls through it probably would liquidate its remaining assets and go out of business.(CNNSI/AP)(11-7-2003)
- Phoenix to accept California Speedway Tix: Phoenix International Raceway has announced that it will be accepting tickets for those individuals who have tickets to the CART race weekend to be held at California Speedway this weekend. The California races have been cancelled due to the wildfires affecting the surrounding area. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have been effected by the horrible fires in Southern California," said PIR president Bryan R. Sperber. "By offering this opportunity, we hope to provide ticket holders to the CART race the opportunity to watch any of four exciting races offered during the Checker Auto Parts 500 weekend. We hope those ticket holders at come to PIR will find being around the track this weekend a small measure of comfort." Those interested in exchanging tickets for any of the four races at PIR this weekend must do so at the Gate 3 Ticket Office the day of the race. Tickets can be exchanged for the Cruise America 125 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series race on Thursday, the Chevy Silverado 150 NASCAR Craftsman Truck race on Friday, the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday, and the Checker Auto Parts 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race on Sunday. This is a ticket for ticket exchange, and the value of the ticket does not matter. "We appreciate this offer from Phoenix International Raceway to our fans at California Speedway," Bill Miller, president of California Speedway said. "While the focus is very much on what is happening with the fires in Southern California and our concern remains with helping those who have been affected by this tragedy, this does provide a great opportunity for our valued guests to take a trip and see a great motorsports show at PIR." A limited numbers of tickets still remain for the four NASCAR races this weekend by calling 602-252-2227, online at www.phoenixraceway.com, or at the Gate 3 ticket office at PIR.(10-30-2003)
- California Speedway Hosts "Race for Relief" to Benefit Fire Victims: Thousands of San Bernardino County residents have been displaced by the Grand Prix and Old fires. California Speedway President Bill Miller announced today the "Race for Relief," a disaster relief initiative where California Speedway will become a drop-off site for items to aid those affected by the fires and those fighting them to be held this weekend. Monetary donations are extremely critical. Donations to the Southern California Fire Disaster Relief Fund, which is being administered by the American Red Cross, can be made at the speedway. "The Speedway is making the initial donation of $5,000," Bill Miller, California Speedway president, said. "For guests who had tickets to this weekend's event, which has been cancelled, account holders can donate the face value of the ticket to the relief fund." Information for ticket account holders is on the speedway's website at www.californiaspeedway.com.
Residents can bring donations to the speedway located at 9300 Cherry Avenue in Fontana off the 10 freeway on Saturday or Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., or ship them to California Speedway, 9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335. Some of the items needed for fire victims are nonperishable food, baby food, diapers, blankets, clothes, toys, towels, and personal hygiene products. These items will be donated to the Salvation Army and other area shelters, such as the Inland Harvest Food Bank.
Also, speedway officials have been in contact with fire personnel to assist in their fire fighting efforts. Many people fighting the fires have experienced dehydration. California Speedway's "Race for Relief" will be supplying donations of beverages to base camps for those fighting the Grand Prix and Old fires beginning on Thursday.
Various companies are joining the "Race for Relief" effort by donating items and/or being on-site for the weekend:
Michigan International Speedway has donated flashlights, clothing and hundreds of small cars to help kick off the "Race for Relief."
Dewalt tools and Roush Racing have donated items as well as Champ Car teams, including Patrick Racing, Newman-Haas, Walker Racing, Rocket Sports and American Spirit, which have donated food and beverages.
California Speedway asks those in the community to help individuals and families displaced by the fires. For more information on the
"Race for Relief" please visit www.californiaspeedway.com.(10-30-2003)
- Winston West/CART Event Postponed at California UPDATE CART Race Canceled: The CART season finale, scheduled for Sunday at California Speedway, has been postponed indefinitely due to the state of emergency caused by a series of wildfires in and around San Bernardino County. Bill Miller, president of the speedway, said CART officials wanted to run the event as scheduled and there were lengthy discussions between the track and the sanctioning body on Monday and Tuesday before the track made its decision.(CNNSI/AP)(10-29-2003)
AND Officials for NASCAR and California Speedway have postponed the King Taco 200, NASCAR Grand National Division, Winston West Series event scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1. Current championship point standings in the NASCAR Winston West Series will be used to determine eligibility of drivers for the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown Nov. 6-8 at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. NASCAR officials also announced the postponement of the Winston West Series championship awards ceremony, which had been slated for Sunday, Nov. 2 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA.(Racing West)(10-29-2003)
UPDATE: The California wildfires that are currently burning in Southern California have led to the unfortunate cancellation of this weekend’s King Taco 500 at California Speedway, the race that would have been the final event of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.(CART site)
A California Speedway newsletter reports the WInston West race has been cancelled also, the speedway's website at www.californiaspeedway.com currently has a form on it for account holders to download and fill out if they want to select option 2 or 4. The form must be returned to the speedway by November 14th.(10-29-2003)
- California Speedway Lights: The lighting of California Speedway in anticipation of next year's "Finish Under The Lights" Pop
Secret 500 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race on September 5th will commence on Monday, October 13th, speedway President Bill Miller
announced today. The tentative construction schedule by Musco Lighting will begin with the construction of pole foundations around the exterior of the speedway's two-mile oval and quarter-mile Street Legal Drag Strip, California Dragway, from October 13-November 14. The next phase of the project, beginning November 17, is for the installation of pole foundations in the infield portion of the speedway. According to Musco Project Manager Mark Flesner, other phases on the road to completing the lighting project include: installation of pit
road poles and lights; installation of oval perimeter poles and lights; installation of drag strip poles and lights; installation of grandstand poles and lights; installation of infield lights, with a projected completion of the project in the Summer of 2004. Season ticket packages for 2004 are on sale now, featuring the Ultimate Season Package, the NASCAR Six Pack and the Pick Your NASCAR Weekend packages. For purchasing and event information, log on to www.californiaspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.(PR)(10-8-2003)
- Another Lawsuit: Greg Moore's wrongful death lawsuit will be back in a U.S. court later this year or early 2004. Lawyers representing Moore's estate filed an appeal earlier this summer arguing the wrongful death lawsuit resulting from the Maple Ridge, B.C., driver's fatal crash in 1999 shouldn't have been dismissed. The brief, filed with the Riverside, Calif., County Court of Appeals, names Championship Auto Racing Teams and California Speedway Corp. as defendants. The appeal is an attempt to overturn an earlier decision by a lower court to dismiss the suit. Moore, 24, died when his car crashed into a wall during the Marlboro 500 at California Speedway. Lawyers representing the Moore estate maintain the death was caused because when the car left the course, it skidded on grass in the track's infield and slammed into a concrete wall that was void of any energy-absorbing material.(Toronto Sun/CP)(9-16-2003)
- California Speedway Season Tix: Starting Wednesday, August 6th, fans purchasing new season tickets at California Speedway for the 2004 season, which features two NASCAR Nextel Cup races, will have the opportunity to select their seats online at www.californiaspeedway.com using the speedway's interactive 3-D grandstand map and secure online purchasing services. All new orders must be paid in full at the time of purchase. Packages include: Ultimate Season Package; NASCAR Six-Pack Package; NASCAR Weekend Package. Season tickets for 2004 will go on sale via phone August 13th by calling 1-800-PIT-SHOP (748-7467).(California Speedway PR)(8-6-2003)
- New Ticket Plans for California: With two NASCAR Winston Cup weekends in 2004, California Speedway announced new ticket pricing, policies and packages for 2004. For the first time, the speedway is implementing a payment plan for season ticket renewals, infield RV renewals and California Speedway Club renewals. Renewals for season ticket holders were mailed this morning. Deposits can be made for new season ticket sales now by calling 1-800-PIT-SHOP or on the speedway's website at www.californiaspeedway.com. The 2004 season will be the first time California Speedway will offer renewable NASCAR tickets. In addition, the ticket pricing structure will move to a two-tiered pricing system, lower rows 1-23 and upper rows 24-48. The speedway is also offering a NASCAR fan layaway plan for the Ultimate Season Package, the new NASCAR Six-Pack Package and the new Renewable NASCAR Weekend Package. The plan calls for a $65 deposit per ticket ordered payable by credit card. Individual race tickets, pending availability, will go on sale via the Internet and telephone for the May Auto Club 500 in December. For the September Pop Secret 500, tickets go on sale in May of 2004.(California Speedway PR)(6-17-2003)
- It's OFFICIAL - California gets 2nd race, on Labor day, Darlington moves to 2nd Rockingham slot, which loses a race: Beginning in 2004, California Speedway will get a second NASCAR Winston Cup date -- Sunday night during Labor Day weekend. This first official move of the Winston Cup Series' "realignment 2004" was announced Friday. The inaugural Pop Secret 500 is scheduled to begin at 8:00pm/et on Sunday, Sept. 5th, and will be telecast live on NBC. California Speedway is touting it as the first Sunday night prime time Winston Cup event. NASCAR president Mike Helton deflected all questions about additional future changes to the schedule. In 2004, North Carolina Speedway, a 60,113-seat oval in Rockingham, NC will lose its second date on the schedule, in the fall. This season Rockingham's spring race was held Feb. 23, a date that has been weather-plagued through the years. The Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, a 60,000-seat oval, will replace Rockingham's fall date. The Southern 500 has been held on Labor Day weekend for 53 years at Darlington, the 1.336-mile South Carolina oval. Darlington maintains its spring event, held annually in March since 1957.(NASCAR.com)(6-13-2003)
- 2004 Schedule to be announced this coming weekend? UPDATE NO: NASCAR is expected to unveil the 2004 Winston Cup schedule this weekend, and the only major change is that California will get a second race, replacing the fall date at Rockingham. Insiders say Darlington will lose a race in 2005 to an International Speedway Corporation track. Phoenix would be the best choice, but the race probably will go to Kansas or Chicago, the circuit's newest cookie-cutter tracks. Not only is weather seldom a factor at Phoneix, the track has considerably more character than Kansas or Chicago and produces better racing.(Sporting News), it was announced last Friday on Totally NASCAR that on June 13th, the California to Labor Day and Darlington getting the 2nd Rockingham date in Nov would be announced at Michigan.(6-9-2003)
UPDATE: International Speedway Corp.[ISC] has scheduled a news conference for 1:00pm/et on Friday, June 13th at Michigan International Speedway where officials are expected to announce ISC will move one of the Winston Cup race dates at its track in Rockingham, NC, to California Speedway in 2004. In addition, the second race at California Speedway, will be held during Labor Day weekend, traditionally the home of the Southern 500 at Darlington, SC, another ISC track. Since joining the series in 1997, California has usually hosted its Winston Cup race in April. That race will remain, sources said. Darlington's Southern 500 will take a date later in the season, but will continue to host two Winston Cup races in 2004, sources said. Reports surfaced last weekend at Pocono that NASCAR could announce the entire 2004 schedule this weekend, but NASCAR officials on Tuesday said the schedule was not completed.(ThatsRacin.com)(6-10-2003)