Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Auto Club Speedway's Lone Race Reduced to 400 Miles
A California diet continued at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana with the announcement Tuesday that the track's sole NASCAR Sprint Cup race in March this year has been shortened from 500 to 400 miles.
The announcement comes as the Southern California speedway begins to promote its only Sprint Cup race of 2011 after seven years of two annual races, both of which generally suffered for attendance.
The speedway's final fall event last October was shortened to 400 miles and received positive reviews, the speedway said. Tony Stewart won that race by about a half-second over Clint Bowyer as drivers used many grooves through the turns of the two-mile oval.
"We're confident the newly remileaged Auto Club 400 will continue the momentum we have been experiencing and that March's race will be the most exciting ever at Auto Club Speedway," speedway President Gillian Zucker said.
Like many facilities, Auto Club Speedway is also reaching out to fans with special ticket offers, such as a free, pre-race pit pass to any fan who purchases a $75 upper reserved seat ticket by Feb. 25.
The race will take the green flag at noon on Sunday, March 27, with FOX providing the live telecast.