September 6, 2012 |
IndyCar drivers will hold a test session Wednesday evening at Auto Club Speedway to prepare for their night race at the sprawling Fontana track Sept. 15. The test, which is open to the public, is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. and the cars' speeds are expected to top 200 mph. Drivers scheduled to attend include Will Power, Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Dario Franchitti, the reigning Izod IndyCar Series champion who also won his third Indianapolis 500 this year.
March 24, 2013 |
Kyle Busch led at the halfway point of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Busch, who won the Nationwide Series race on the same track a day earlier, was just ahead of teammate Denny Hamlin in the Auto Club 400. Joey Logano was third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. was running fourth and Matt Kenseth, a three-time winner at Auto Club Speedway, was fifth. Brad Keselowski had climbed to 13th in his No. 2 Ford after the reigning Sprint Cup champion was forced to start at the rear of the 43-car field because of an engine change.
March 23, 2012 |
As the cars raced around Las Vegas Motor Speedway early this month, it was easy to spot NASCAR's biggest names. There was Jeff Gordon in his rainbow-colored Chevrolet sponsored by DuPont. There was Carl Edwards in his Aflac Ford and Kyle Busch in his M&M's Toyota. Then there was David Ragan's No. 34 Ford with an unusual, and temporary, sponsor on the hood: Rick Santorum for President. But even a temporary sponsor is a step up from Ragan's teammate, David Gilliland, whose No. 38 Ford was an almost bare white — without a primary sponsor decal.
March 21, 2014 |
NASCAR's Matt Kenseth knows Auto Club Speedway well, having won three Sprint Cup races at the Fontana track. But he earned the victories driving for Roush Fenway Racing and is still looking for his first win on the two-mile oval since moving to the Joe Gibbs Racing team last year. Kenseth took the step toward a fourth win Friday by winning the pole position for Sunday's Auto Club 400 as NASCAR's new knockout-style qualifying format was used at the Fontana speedway for the first time.
September 30, 2012 |
The Izod IndyCar Series next year will again finish its season with a night race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, the series announced Sunday night. The series unveiled a 2013 schedule with 19 races overall, up from 15 this year, that included the return of IndyCar racing to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and the streets of Houston. In addition, IndyCar announced a $1-million bonus for any driver who captures its version of a "triple crown" by winning the Indianapolis 500, the race at Pocono and the finale at Auto Club Speedway in the same year.
August 19, 2008 |
The NASCAR Sprint Cup race held Labor Day weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana will be moved to October starting next year, speedway President Gillian Zucker said Monday. This year's race, the Pepsi 500, is Aug. 31 but that will change to Oct. 11 in 2009, as part of a three-track swap on the Cup schedule, Zucker said. The two-mile Auto Club Speedway oval also stages a Cup race in late February. The shift would mean that the Fontana track would play host to one of the 10 late-season Chase for the Cup races that determine which driver wins stock-car racing's premier championship.
March 23, 2014 |
Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Fontana for the second consecutive year in a two-lap overtime finish Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. Kyle Larson, the 21-year-old who won NASCAR's second-level Nationwide Series race on Saturday in Fontana, finished second. "What an awesome race this race track produced for two days in a row," Busch said of the two-mile Fontana oval. Busch drives the No. 18 Toyota and it was Toyota's first Sprint Cup Series victory of the season.
September 23, 2013 |
Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and other IndyCar drivers are scheduled Tuesday to hold a daylong test session in Fontana that's free to the public. The drivers are to run practice laps from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Auto Club Speedway, where the Izod IndyCar Series' season finale, the MAVTV 500, is scheduled Oct. 19 under the lights. The race will decide the series championship. Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and former "Dancing with the Stars" champ in search of his first title, holds a 49-point lead over Dixon with three races left in the season.
September 15, 2012 |
Only hours before Ryan Hunter-Reay hoped to win his first Izod IndyCar Series championship, his team Andretti Autosport confirmed Saturday that it signed Hunter-Reay to a two-year contract extension. "He is a tough competitor and has become an important part of our team," which also includes drivers Marco Andretti and James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti said in a statement. Once a journeyman driver seeking a full-time ride, Hunter-Reay, 31, has had a breakout season with Andretti Autosport this year, capturing a series-high four victories.
March 24, 2012 |
Rain was forecast for Fontana on Sunday, but there was no immediate scheduling change by NASCAR for its Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway. The Auto Club 400 was set to begin at noon PDT but weather forecasts called for various amounts of rain throughout Sunday. "We won't make a decision until [Sunday] morning" on whether to delay the race or otherwise alter its starting time, NASCAR spokeswoman Kristi King said Saturday as the Cup drivers held the first of two scheduled practice sessions.