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Photos, Facts and History of Auto Club Speedway
Formerly California Speedway

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Name: Auto Club Speedway
Former Names: California Speedway
Located: Fontana, California (around one driving hour east of Los Angeles)
Opened: June 20, 1997
Track Length: 2 mile paved D-shaped oval, 3 interior road courses (1.45 mile, 2.8 mile, and 2.36 miles), CalSpeed Karting Center
Banking: 14 degrees in the turns; 11 degrees on the frontstretch; 3 degrees on the backstretch
Elevation: 338 - 349 meters


Auto Club Speedway is located in Fontana, California around an hour east of Los Angeles by car. It was first opened on June 20, 1997 and held its first event - the Auto Club 200 of the NASCAR Winston West Series the following day. It was formerly known as California Speedway until its name change in 2008.

The track itself sits on a 568 acre property and is a paved 2-mile D-shaped oval with 14 degree banking in the turns, 11 degree banking on the frontstreth, and 3 degree banking on the backstretch. The width of the oval is 75 feet wide, with a 15-foot apron around the track. Roger Penske, a team owner and former IndyCar driver, was instrumental in the building of Auto Club Speedway.

There are also three road courses on the premises, the first of which is a 13 turn, 1.45 mile Interior Test Circuit. The second, known as the "Auto Competition Course", is a 21 turn, 2.8 mile road course. The last of which is the Motorcycle Competition Course which is also a 21 turn course, but is only 2.36 miles in length. All three road courses are 45 feet wide.

Auto Club Speedway is also home to the CalSpeed Karting Center - a karting course located just outside the main oval track.


Auto Club Speedway from Google satellite
Aerial photo of Auto Club Speedway viewed from above.

Mountains and surrounding area near Auto Club Speedway
A look at the mountains and the area surrounding Auto Club Speedway.

Auto Club Speedway's pit lane and start/finish line
The pitlane and start/finish line of the speedway.

CalSpeed Karting Center
California's own CalSpeed Karting Center viewed from above.