February 22, 2010 |
Another year, another poor finish for Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Auto Club Speedway. The most popular driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series had hoped to reverse his record at the Fontana track Sunday after his second-place finish in the season-opening Daytona 500. But after starting 27th on the 43-car grid for the Auto Club 500 and climbing to 21st early in the race, Earnhardt was penalized for speeding on pit road, dropping him deep into...
July 4, 2011 |
IndyCar racing will return to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on an as yet unspecified date in the fall of next year, the track announced late Monday. The Izod IndyCar Series, which features such drivers as Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves , initially competed on the two-mile oval after it was built in the mid-1990s. But the series hasn't raced there since 2005. The return of IndyCar will help the track make up for the loss of a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock-car race, which was removed from the Cup schedule this year.
October 3, 2009 |
Auto Club Speedway's reported proposal to raise the corner banking and make other changes to the two-mile Fontana track drew a wary response from some NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Friday. "There is nothing wrong with the racetrack out there," said Jeff Gordon, a four-time Cup champion and three-time winner at Fontana. "I think it's a great track," he said. "If they're not packing the stands, that's not it, maybe it's something else. There's just so many options of things to do" in Southern California, he said.
September 30, 2009 |
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 Times has learned. 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.
March 24, 2013 |
Kyle Busch hails from Las Vegas, but Fontana is like his second home — at least when he's sitting in a NASCAR Nationwide Series car. Busch outdueled Sam Hornish Jr. on Saturday to win the Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway, Busch's sixth victory in the last eight Nationwide races at the two-mile Fontana track. Hornish finished second, Regan Smith was third and Parker Kligerman finished fourth. Austin Dillon was fifth and 20-year-old rookie Kyle Larson finished sixth. Busch, 27, mainly drives in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series but also races in the second-level Nationwide Series, although he doesn't earn driver championship points in the Nationwide Series.
October 12, 2009 |
Looking across the expansive grandstands at Auto Club Speedway and seeing more than enough pockets of red and yellow benches with no one sitting in them would be cause for concern for most. But Gillian Zucker , speedway president and the person whose job it is to make this racetrack a success, brought with her the required optimism of someone trying to sell this sport. "This is exactly how you want to welcome the Chase to Southern California," Zucker said. "These fans have really made a statement.