Auto Club Speedway
(formerly California Speedway
is a two-mile (3 km), low-banked, D-shaped oval superspeedway
which has hosted NASCAR
racing annually since 1997. It is also used for open wheel racing
events. The racetrack is located near the former locations of Ontario Motor Speedway
and Riverside International Raceway
. The track is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation
and is the only track owned by ISC to have naming rights sold. The speedway is served by the nearby Interstate 10
and Interstate 15
freeways as well as a Metrolink
station located behind the backstretch.
Construction of the track, on the site of the former Kaiser Steel Mill, began in 1995 and was completed in late 1996. The speedway has a grandstand capacity of 68,000 and 28 skyboxes. In 2006, a fanzone was added behind the main grandstand. Lights were added to the speedway in 2004 with the addition of a second annual NASCAR weekend. Since 2011, the track has hosted only one NASCAR weekend.INDYCAR
returned to the track in 2012 with its season finale race (a 500 mile night race); the league previously ran a 400 mile race from 2002 to 2005.
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