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February 22, 2007 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
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.
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October 12, 2006 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
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.
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September 1, 2006 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
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.
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August 30, 2006 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Toyota Motor Corp., the Japanese automaker, employs more than 32,000 Americans who work in several United States assembly plants and at the company's U.S. headquarters in Torrance. Its dealers employ another 110,000 Americans. The U.S. is Toyota's biggest market; Americans bought 2.3 million of its cars and trucks last year, and its 13.6% share of the market in turn makes Toyota the largest foreign auto company in the nation. In California, Toyota's share is a whopping 27%.
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August 30, 2006 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
The race to join NASCAR's 10-driver Chase for the Nextel Cup is nearing its climax this weekend as the sport's premier series returns to the California Speedway. But for NASCAR itself, this year's championship battle is serving as a prologue for sweeping changes in 2007 that will usher in the next era for stock car racing. There will be new types of cars, more diversity among drivers and different television coverage. A Japanese car company will compete in the series for the first time.
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August 30, 2006 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
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.
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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.
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August 30, 2006 | Michael A. Hiltzik, Times Staff Writer
Gillian Zucker gamely picked her way in heels through misshapen shards of steel and clouds of concrete dust in a moonscape of construction debris. It was scarcely a month shy of one of the Fontana track's top annual events, the Labor Day weekend running of NASCAR's Sony HD 500, and it was hard for a visitor to envision the site being finished and cleaned up in time.
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