California Speedway, located about 40 miles east of Los Angeles, is a relative newcomer to the racing scene, having opened its gates in 1997. Though NASCAR events use the two-mile tri-oval, the facility also features an infield road course as well as a drag strip, allowing the track to be used for numerous types of racing events.
Past NASCAR races hosted include the California 500 Presented by NAPA, the NAPA Auto Parts 500, and the Pop Secret 500. Run in 2006 were the Auto Club 500 and Sony HD 500.
California Speedway Visitor Information
California Speedway contact information: California Speedway. 9330 Cherry Ave., Fontana, CA (92335). Phone 909/429-5000. www.californiaspeedway.com.
California Speedway security: Hard-sided coolers or containers, backpacks, alcohol, ice, aluminum cans, glass, and pets are prohibited. One soft-sided container is permitted, with a size limit of 6 x 6 x 12 inches. You’re also allowed one clear plastic bag, no larger than 18 x 18 x 4 inches, for souvenirs. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the grandstands. Other prohibited items include strollers, umbrellas, wagons, in-line skates, bicycles, scooters, and skateboards.
California Speedway parking: There are more than 30,000 free spots, and shuttles run to and from outlying areas where parking is also available. Arrive early to beat the traffic.
California Speedway first aid: First-aid centers are located at Gates 10, 12, and 14; there are also two centers located underneath the grandstand -- one in the east and one in the west. A full-service care center, staffed with doctors, is located in the infield.
California Speedway concessions: Concession stands are scattered throughout the facility: four are at ground level, at the entrance of the grandstands; the terrace area has six. The infield has smaller “portable” stands, and the Pit Row Café is at the infield in the RV area. There are plenty of restroom options throughout the speedway, but take advantage of shorter lines at restrooms next to Gates 10, 12, 14, and 16.