California Speedway

California Speedway
Fontana

Location9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana, California 92335
Capacity91,200 (NASCAR)
OwnerInternational Speedway Corporation
OperatorInternational Speedway Corporation
Broke ground1995
Opened1997
Construction Cost$100 million USD
ArchitectPaxton Waters Architecture
Penske Motorsports, Inc.
Former NamesNone
Major eventsNASCAR Nextel Cup
Auto Club 500, Sharp AQUOS 500

NASCAR Busch Series
Stater Brothers 300, Camping World 300 presented by RVs.com

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
San Bernardino County 200

D-shaped oval
Surfaceasphalt
Circuit Length2 miles (3.23 kilometres)
BankingTurns - 14 degrees
Frontstretch - 11 degrees
Backstretch - 3 degrees
Lap Record241.426 miles per hour (Gil de Ferran, Penske Racing, October 28, 2000, CART)
Infield Road Course
Surfaceasphalt
Drag strip
The California Speedway is a two-mile, low-banked, D-shaped oval superspeedway in Fontana, California, similar to that of "sister track" Michigan International Speedway. It is located 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). The racetrack is a stone's 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 until California Speedway was opened. In addition to NASCAR, the raceway has also hosted open-wheel events from both CART and the Indy Racing League.

Like many modern oval tracks, California Speedway also features an infield road-course, which has been used by the Grand American Road Racing Association (GARRA) and by the Japanese Grand Touring Car Championship, with the JGTC race being unique as a night race. The GARRA Rolex Sports Car Series no longer races at California Speedway. The NASCAR West Series held its first race on the infield course, won by Jason Bowles.

During the 1999 CART race, Canadian driver Greg Moore was killed in a crash along the backstretch of the track. It was determined that after sliding along the infield grass, Moore's car hit the edge of oncoming pavement, which caused the car to flip into a concrete retaining wall. This incident resulted in a major overhaul of the track, including the paving of the infield grass on the backstretch in time for the 2000 NASCAR event.

On October 28, 2000 during CART qualifying, Gil de Ferran set the track record for fastest lap at 241.426 MPH.

On September 21, 2003 during an IRL race, Sam Hornish, Jr. set the track record for fastest average speed during a race at 207.151 MPH.

In 2005, 20 year old Kyle Busch earned his first ever NASCAR NEXTEL Cup win at California Speedway. He is to date the youngest driver to win a race in the NEXTEL Cup Series.

The facility is often used for television shows and commercials, and for major films. In 2000, portions of Charlie's Angels were filmed at the speedway and in 2004, portions of were filmed there.

See also: List of NASCAR race tracks

Track timeline

Current races

Records

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Current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racetracks
Atlanta - Bristol - Brooklyn, Michigan - Charlotte - Daytona - Dover - Fontana, California - Fort Worth - Indianapolis (ORP) - Kansas City - Las Vegas - Loudon - Madison, Illinois - Mansfield - Martinsville - Memphis - Miami - Milwaukee - Nashville - Phoenix - Talladega - Sparta, Kentucky


City of Fontana

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Location of Fontana in California
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Country United States
State California
County San Bernardino
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International Speedway Corporation

Public (NASDAQ:  ISCA , OTCBB: ISCB )
Founded 1953 (as Bill France Racing, Inc.)
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida

Key people Bill France, Sr.
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Sport governing body

Category Stock cars
Area of jurisdiction Canada,United States,Mexico
Formation date 1948
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida
Charlotte, North Carolina
New York City, New York


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Category Stock car racing
Country or region  United States
Inaugural season
Drivers 49
Teams 22
Engine suppliers 4
Drivers' champion Jimmie Johnson
Teams' champion Hendrick Motorsports

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The Auto Club 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the California Speedway in Fontana, California. This is one of two races held at the California Speedway, the other being the Sony HD 500. Prior to 2005, the race was held in May.
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The Sharp AQUOS 500 is a NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car race held at the California Speedway in Fontana, California. This is one of two races held at the California Speedway, the other being the Auto Club 500.
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Sport Auto racing
Founded 1981
No. of teams 25
Country(ies)  Canada
 United States
 Mexico

Most recent champion(s) Kevin Harvick The NASCAR Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR.
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The Stater Brothers 300 is the second race on the NASCAR Busch Series schedule. It is held in February at California Speedway. It was previously ran in October and late April/early May.
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The Camping World 300 presented by RVs.com is a NASCAR Busch Series race that takes place at California Speedway.

Past names

Target House 300 (2004)

Ameriquest 300 (2005-2006)

Past winners

  • 2004 - Greg Biffle
  • 2005 - Carl Edwards

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Sport Auto racing
Founded 1993
No. of teams 23
Country(ies)  United States

Most recent champion(s) Todd Bodine The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks.
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The San Bernardino County 200 is a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race that takes place at California Speedway in Fontana, California.

Past winners:

  • 2007 Mike Skinner
  • 2006 Mark Martin
  • 2005 Steve Park
  • 2004 Todd Bodine
  • 2003 Ted Musgrave

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Gil de Ferran (born November 11, 1967) in Paris, France to Brazilian parents, is a former racing driver. De Ferran was the 2000 and 2001 Champ Car champion driving for the Penske Honda Team and the winner of the 2003 Indianapolis 500.
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Penske Racing is a racing team that competes in the Indy Racing League, ALMS, and NASCAR. They also previously competed in road racing, Formula One and CART. Penske Racing is a division of Penske Corporation, and is owned and chaired by Roger Penske.
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superspeedway is a race track at least 2 miles in length [1] , featuring only left turns. This term is used to differentiate these tracks from short tracks, intermediate tracks, and road courses.
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City of Fontana

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Location of Fontana in California
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State California
County San Bernardino
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Michigan International Speedway is a two-mile (3.22 km), moderate-banked, D shaped superspeedway located off U.S. Highway 12 on more than 1,400 acres [1] near Brooklyn, in the scenic Irish Hills area of southeastern Michigan. The track is used primarily for NASCAR events.
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Kaiser Steel was an American corporation, whose assets included a former steelmaking plant, located in Fontana, California, and an iron ore mine at nearby Eagle Mountain, California. It was founded by Henry J.
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Drag racing is a sport in which cars race down a track with a set distance as fast as possible.

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Ontario Motor Speedway located in Ontario, California, was a 2.5-mile race track built similar to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Designed by California born architect Walter Ted Tyler, the track opened in 1970, and was considered state of the art at the time.
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Riverside International Raceway (Sometimes known as RIR or Riverside Raceway) was a race track or road course in Riverside, California. A driver died during the first weekend after the opening and several more drivers perished while the track was in operation from
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Sport governing body

Category Stock cars
Area of jurisdiction Canada,United States,Mexico
Formation date 1948
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida
Charlotte, North Carolina
New York City, New York


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Category Open wheel racing
Country or region International
Inaugural season See text
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Teams 9<ref name="entrylist2007" />
Constructors Panoz
Engine suppliers Cosworth

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