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11-16-2019, 01:41 PM

Auto Club Dragway At California Speedway To Open In May
November 14th, 2019

California Dragway, which has been in existence since 2001 in Lot 1 behind the Speedway’s main grandstand, will be relocated to Lots 6 and 8 and will be renamed the Auto Club Dragway at California Speedway.

The announcement was made today by California Speedway President Gillian Zucker, Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) Senior Vice President of Marketing Mike Johnson and National Hot Rod Association President Tom Compton during a press conference at the Speedway. The announcement was part of the speedway’s plan to develop a new midway in the area where the current dragstrip is located.

Construction of the Auto Club Dragway at California Speedway will take place between December and April with the 2019 season kicking off in May. The current drag strip will continue operation until February.
“Auto Club of Southern California has made a huge commitment in recent months to growing drag racing throughout the nation and more locally in Southern California,” Zucker said. “Auto Club's passion for motorsports is only surpassed by their commitment to safety on our roadways. We are thrilled to be able to combine those two objectives with our naming of the Auto Club Dragway at California Speedway. Auto Club’s vast promotional assets are sure to positively impact all drag racing programs at the new Auto Club Dragway, from street legal to major NHRA sanctioned events.”

The Automobile Club of Southern California signed a five-year entitlement agreement for the new quarter-mile strip, home to a very competitive Division 7 Junior Drag Racing program sponsored by the Auto Club and the AAA-sponsored NHRA Street Legal Drag Racing program. In addition to these events, NHRA’s Summit Series, Pacific Street Car Association and Super Categories use the strip.

“California Speedway is one of the premier motorsports venues in the country and we are proud to have been an active partner since the track opened its gates in 1997,” Johnson said. “We are especially appreciative for the opportunity to help sustain such an important regional venue for street legal events. As the nation’s largest AAA affiliate, the Auto Club places a premium on safety and responsible driving. Expanding our relationship with the Speedway to include the Auto Club Dragway fits very well within AAA’s national sponsorship of the NHRA Street Legal Program that encourages enthusiasts of all ages to always race responsibly on organized drag strips and not on our streets.”

NHRA officials have also awarded the new drag strip with two competitive events in 2019, a NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division event in June and the NHRA West SPORTSnationals in September.

“To maintain and preserve the right to race is very important to NHRA,” Compton said. “We are pleased that the California Speedway shares in this vision and we look forward to expanding our partnership to work to grow the drag strip and the possibilities of future events. California Speedway officials have shown a great commitment to the drag racing community in Southern California and NHRA by building a permanent home for the drag strip on the north side of its multi-purpose auto racing facility.”