CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2010 |
Les Richter, twice a key force in establishing big-league auto racing in Southern California after a career as an all-pro linebacker with the Los Angeles Rams, died Saturday. He was 79. Richter died at Riverside Community Hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm Friday, said his son, Jon. Richter first led Riverside International Raceway, a twisty road-racing course, to national prominence largely by bringing NASCAR there in the early 1960s. After that track closed in 1988, he helped supervise development of Auto Club Speedway, the 92,000-seat Fontana track initially called California Speedway that opened in 1997 and now hosts two top-level NASCAR races a year.
February 15, 2006 |
For the last 23 years, NASCAR has opened its premier stock car racing season with the Daytona 500, long enough for many followers to think it has always been that way. But it hasn't. Riverside International Raceway, a sprawling road course that twisted its way through what is now Moreno Valley east of Riverside for three decades, was long the site of the opening race of the 1965 Grand National -- later Winston Cup and now Nextel Cup -- season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2002 |
Former Ram football guard Roy Hord Jr., who later was general manager of Riverside International Raceway and long was active in politics and community projects in Riverside, died of cancer Thursday. He was 67. Hord was born in Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 25, 1934. He attended Duke University, where he played defensive tackle and offensive guard, and was named first-team All-American in 1957. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1960, and eventually played guard for three seasons.
November 3, 2000 |
There had been racing in Southern California since the early 1900s, when Barney Oldfield was running outrageous speeds at Agricultural Park, but not until Riverside International Raceway came along in the late 1950s did the rest of the country pay much attention. RIR was to racing what the transcontinental railway was to the nation's western movement.
June 18, 1997 |
The True Value Firebird International Race of Champions, a unique concept matching 12 drivers from various forms of motor racing in identically prepared cars, can't go back to its roots because there is no more Riverside International Raceway. It was there, on the twisting road course just north of March Air Force Base, that the first IROC was run on Oct. 27, 1973. The late Mark Donohue was a start-to-finish winner and the cars were Porsche Carreras, riding on Goodyear tires.
December 10, 1993
Rudy W. Cleye, who built the now-defunct Riverside International Raceway and co-founded the Blarney Castle restaurant, has died. He was 75. Cleye died Nov. 30 at his home in Carson City, Nev. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, on Dec. 4, 1917, Cleye studied engineering and hotel and restaurant management in Paris and Switzerland. He came to the United States in the 1940s and worked as a maitre d' at the Diamond Horseshoe and the Riviera in New York.