February 22, 2007 |
The next big thing at California Speedway won't add anything to the on-site experience, but it should help guarantee that you don't miss your exit. It will be hard to miss the speedway's newly installed 105-foot-high sign on Interstate 10 between Etiwanda and Cherry avenues. The marquee has a 20x40-foot LED screen that will display messages on both sides. NASCAR driver Carl Edwards took part in the illumination ceremony Feb. 13.
October 12, 2006 |
The California Speedway will continue to stage two Nextel Cup races a year even though the races have not been sellouts, NASCAR Chairman Brian France said Wednesday. "I cannot envision a scenario" in which either of the races -- held in late February and on Labor Day weekend in September -- would be dropped from NASCAR's schedule, France said. The Fontana speedway typically draws more than 100,000 spectators overall when infield attendance is included.
September 1, 2006 |
It's time to face fortune at Fontana. NASCAR kicks off its Labor Day weekend at the California Speedway today with practice and qualifying for Sunday's Sony HD 500, the penultimate race to decide who will make the 10-driver Chase for the Nextel Cup. Only 13 drivers still have a mathematical chance to make the Chase, in which the top 10 in points get to compete for stock car racing's national championship over the last 10 races of the season.
August 30, 2006 |
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a lock to make NASCAR's 10-man, 10-race Chase for the Nextel Cup in early July. He even said so. He had finished fifth at Chicagoland Speedway, climbed to third in the standings, and the baggage of a dismal 2005 season apparently was behind him. He had hit his stride with the return of Tony Eury Jr., his cousin and crew chief. Then came an engine failure at New Hampshire, and a crash at Pocono.
August 30, 2006
When NASCAR's Nextel Cup series returns for its second race of the year at California Speedway this weekend, the Fontana track will debut a $10-million upgrade and expansion of its fan amenities behind the track's main grandstands. Formally named "Opportunity, California FanZone," the expanded, 23.8-acre midway will include a retail store, concert stage and a restaurant, along with increased shade protection, giant video walls and expanded hospitality and grassy leisure areas.
February 26, 2006 |
To hear the drivers tell it, the NASCAR Nextel Cup season didn't really begin a week ago in Daytona Beach, Fla., but actually starts today in Fontana. The Auto Club 500 at the California Speedway is a better gauge of how each car competes against the field, they say. The Daytona 500 is stock car racing's most prestigious event, and the opening race on NASCAR's calendar, but it's a poor measure of the competition.
November 14, 2005 |
California Speedway plans to spend more than $10 million to create a family-friendly entertainment area with a Wolfgang Puck-designed restaurant, concert area and additional shade structures to help shelter fans who arrive early on race days. Daytona Beach-based International Speedway Corp., which owns the two-mile, D-shaped oval track in Fontana, will unveil the plans at a news conference today. The 23.