USA - UNITED STATES
AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY (EX CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY)
Description Crazy history of this Superspeedway, projected by Penske Inc., started a long time ago.
On this ground here was a steel factory, Kaiser Steel. After this became insolvent, in 1983 the ground was excavated and it was used as post apocalyptic movie set for Terminator.

Then the ground was bought by Roger Penske. In 1995 construction of the track started and two years later they were finished. Total expense was approx. 100 million US Dollar of the time. The facility has a two-miles D-shape oval, with some infield courses for motorcycles and cars. It can hosts 92100 spectators.

It was opened on June 1997 with a Winston Cup event. This category hadn’t any event in Southern California since Riverside was closed, in 1988.

Since 1999 the circuit has been owned by ISC (International Speedway Corporation). In the last CART event of the same year, Greg Moore was killed: at 9th lap, sliding maybe on some wet grass thrown on the track, Moore lose the control and the car crashed on internal protection wall at more than 320 km/h - 200 mph. Due to high speed and wet infield grass that didn’t slow the car, Reynard crashed hardly, killing immediately the young Canadian driver. Later it was determined that main cause was insufficient drainage of wet grass, so in February 2000 ISC paved back stretch infield. Later nearly all ovals and many European circuit did the same.

It hosted IRL/Indycar from 2002 to 2005 and since 2004 it has hosted 2 NASCAR events every year. In 2006 it lost Indycar event: it seems that it was not possible to schedule it as NASCAR event was too close.

On February 21st 2008 the circuit was officially renamed Auto Club Speedway of Southern California.

In the parking area of the circuit a kart track has been built, CalSpeed Karting Center.

    Curiosity:
  • During the construction of the cicuit, more than 1,850,000 m³ earth were removed.
Location Fontana
CA - California - Western States
Location 9300 Cherry Ave, Fontana, CA
Latitude - Longitude + 34°05'18"     -117°30'03"
34.088333     -117.500833
UTM Coordinates X = 453796.867  -  Y = 3772063.416  -  Zone 11S
Aerial photo / Map (*) Aerial photo / Map (*) Google Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Bing Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Microsoft Research Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) MapQuest
Altitude AMSL 342 m - 1122 ft
Inauguration June 20th 1997
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) English (United States) World Motor Racing Circuits: A Spectator’s Guide (page 30)Author: Peter Higham, Bruce Jones - Published by: Andre Deutsch - year: 1999 - ISBN: 0-233-99619-2
Description
(2) English (United States) dbserver.iscmotorsports.com/CaliforniaSpeedway/maps.cfm
(3) English en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto_Club_SpeedwayWikipedia
(4) English en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_SpeedwayWikipedia
(5) English www.racingcircuits.netMotor Racing Circuits Database
(6) English (United States) www.autoclubspeedway.comOfficial website

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

(**) For on-line not-English speaking sources, click on each small flag and you open the corresponding Google Translator page with automatic translation.

Auto Club Speedway (ex California Speedway)
Description  
Years  
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Oval course
Inauguration June 20th 1997
Closing  
Last update of this page December 9th 2009
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 3219  m 10560  ft 2  mi   (5)
Width 22.9  m 75  ft       
Max. banking (bends) 14  ° 24.9  %        (5)
Total area 230  hectares 2298639  m² 568  acres    
Banking 11  ° 19.4  %      Start finish straight (5)
Banking 3  ° 5.2  %      Opposite straight (5)

Auto Competition Road Course
Description  
Years  
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration June 20th 1997
Closing  
Last update of this page December 9th 2009
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4506  m 14784  ft 2.8  mi   (2)
length 4635  m 15206  ft 2.88  mi   (5)
Width 22.9  m 75  ft       
Max. banking (bends) 14  ° 24.9  %        (5)
Max. banking (straights) 3  ° 5.2  %        (5)
Banking 11  ° 19.4  %      Start finish straight (5)

Moto Competition Road Course
Description  
Years  
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit YES
Type Permanent
Inauguration June 20th 1997
Closing  
Last update of this page December 9th 2009
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 3798  m 12460  ft 2.36  mi   (2)
length 4635  m 15206  ft 2.88  mi   (5)
Width 22.9  m 75  ft       
Max. banking (bends) 14  ° 24.9  %        (5)
Banking 11  ° 19.4  %      Start finish straight (5)

Interior Road Course Map
Description  
Years  
Direction Anticlockwise   Anticlockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational  
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration June 20th 1997
Closing  
Last update of this page December 9th 2009
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 2414  m 7920  ft 1.5  mi   (2)
length 2494  m 8184  ft 1.55  mi   (5)





Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
December 9th 2009     Guido de Carli Roelard Smit Roelard Smit    
June 21st 2007     Lorenzo Tommasi     Update Description
June 10th 2007     Guido de Carli     Update Description
August 7th 2002     Guido de Carli     Update Description
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