Auto Club Speedway has its first name that is California Speedway. It is 2 miles lower bank degree having D Shape Oval Speedway in Fontana, California and since 1997 it is hosting Nascar races yearly. It also has a facility of open-wheel racing. The possession of this track is handled by International Speedway Corporation and it also has its right to change its name. The making of this track was started in 1995 on the location of Kaiser Steel Mill and it was finished at the end of 1996. The raceway is having a capacity of 68000 seats and thirty skyboxes. Lights were installed on the raceway in 2004 with hosting 2nd yearly Nascar weekend. Raceway’s construction cost is worth $100 million and its architect is Paxton Waters Architecture Penske Motorsports Incorporation. It hosted only one Nascar event since 2011.
Raceway has different courses and circuits with different lengths, turns and banking degrees. It has a D-Shaped Oval with a length of 2 miles having 4 turns; the first turn has a banking degree of 4, fronts stretch is of 11 degrees and backstretch is of 3 degrees. D Shaped Oval has a Lap record of 241.428 mph which was recorded on October 28, 2000, in the CART event in Penske Racing and named to Gil De Ferran. It has an interior test circuit of length 1.45 miles with 13 turns. It has a Sports Car Course having a length of 2.8 miles with 21 turns. It also has a motorcycle course with a length of 2.36 miles with 21 turns. It has a drag strip of length ¼ miles. In 2014 month of March Exotic Racing Company based in Las Vegas make its expansion to California to open a new 1.2-mile road at the Auto Club Speedway.
The first race was tested by Paul Tracy on Jan 10, 1997, and he became the first racer to test the track. The first session of the Nascar test race was being tested from May 5th to 7th. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on 20th June 1997 and the first Nascar race was held on the next day.
The grandstand faced the reduction of attendance from 92000 to 68000 in 2014. This reduction was faced by removing 12000 seats from turn 1 and was replaced by the area for hospitality and screen for showing the speed from the straightway.
The current racing events hosted by Auto Club Speedway include Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series, Nascar Xfinity Series, and Shell Eco-Marathon Americas. Former events hosted were Nascar Camping Truck Series, Nascar West Series, CART, IndyCar Series, Rolex Sports Car Series, IROC and Super GT.
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