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CATEGORIES (articles) > American Motorsport > Race Circuits > California Speedway Race Circuit

California Speedway Race Circuit


California Speedway
Facility statistics
Location 9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana, California 92335
Broke ground 1995
Opened 1997
Owner International Speedway Corporation
Operator International Speedway Corporation
Construction cost $100 million USD
Architect Penske Motorsports, Inc.
Former names
None
Major events
NASCAR Nextel Cup
Auto Club 500, Sony HD 500

NASCAR Busch Series
Stater Brothers 300, Ameriquest 300

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
racetickets.com 200

Seating capacity
91,200 (NASCAR)
Current dimensions
Track shape D-shaped oval
Track length 2 miles
Track banking Turns - 14 degrees
Frontstretch - 11 degrees
Backstretch - 3 degrees

The California Speedway is a two-mile, low-banked, D-shaped oval superspeedway in Fontana, California, approximately 40 miles east of Los Angeles on the site of the former Kaiser Steel mill. It is a relatively new race track, opening in early 1997, and has additional configurations and facilities to accommodate "road" races, motorcycle races, vehicle testing, and drag races (Auto Club Dragway), even though the track cannot host NHRA national events, because of International Speedway Corporation's corporatewide deal with Pepsi. (The NHRA has a policy prohibiting certain Pepsi brands to be advertised anywhere at their national events as part of a deal with Coca-Cola.) This racetrack is a stones throw from the old Ontario Motor Speedway and the old Riverside International Raceway. After Riverside's closure in 1988, Southern California did not host a NASCAR race from 1988 to 1997, when the new California Speedway was opened.

In addition to NASCAR, the raceway has also hosted open-wheel events from both CART and the Indy Racing League. In 1999 Canadian driver Greg Moore was killed in a crash at the track, resulting in a major overhaul of the backstretch for safety (it was discovered Moore's car slid in the grass off Turn 2, allowing the car to overturn, and cause the fatal crash; following that, ISC, which had purchased the track, paved that section of backstretch apron in time for the 2000 NASCAR event to prevent cars from sliding in that section, and to allow for drivers to have control of the cars in an incident); in 2003 the Indy Racing League set the highest average speed for any circuit event in motorsports.

Like many modern oval tracks, Fontana also features an infield road-course, which has been used by the Grand American Road Racing Association and by the Japanese Grand Touring Car Championship, with the JGTC race being unique in the fact it was a night race.

The circuit is often used for television commercials.

See also: List of NASCAR race tracks


Current races

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup - Auto Club 500
  • NASCAR Nextel Cup - Sony HD 500
  • NASCAR Busch Series - Stater Bros. 300
  • NASCAR Busch Series - Ameriquest 300
  • NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series - racetickets.com 200
  • Grand American Sports Car Series - Grand American 250 (Grand-Am Cup)
  • Grand American Sports Car Series - Grand American 400

Records

  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Qualifying: Kyle Busch, 38.248 sec. (188.245 mph), 2005
  • NASCAR Nextel Cup Race (500 miles): Jeff Gordon, 3 hrs. 13 min. 32 sec. (155.012 mph), June 22, 1997
  • NASCAR Busch Series Qualifying: Tony Stewart, 38.722 sec. (185.941 mph), 2005
  • NASCAR Busch Series Race (300 miles): Hank Parker, Jr., 1 hr. 55 min. 25 sec. (155.957 mph), April 28, 2001
  • NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Qualifying: David Reutimann, 40.228 sec. (178.980 mph), 2006
  • NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race (200 miles): Ted Musgrave, 1 hr. 22 min. 14 sec. (145.926 mph), September 20, 2003
  • CART Qualifying (one lap): Gil de Ferran, 241.426 mph, October 28, 2000.
  • CART Race (500 miles): Jimmy Vasser, 197.995 mph, November 4, 2001.
  • IRL Qualifying (one lap): Helio Castroneves, 226.757 mph, September 20, 2003.
  • IRL Race (400 miles): Sam Hornish, Jr., 207.151 mph, September 21, 2003.



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