The Rutherford Report—Speedway Offerings Beyond NASCAR

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“When he was young, I told Dale Jr. that hunting and racing are a lot alike. Holding that steering wheel and holding that rifle both mean you better be responsible.”

—Dale Earnhardt
Speedway Offerings Beyond NASCAR

Every year, tens of thousands of NASCAR fans converge on the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for a weekend of racing action. But the track—built in the mid-1990s by racing legend Roger Penske in partnership with Kaiser Ventures—is home to a lot more than NASCAR.

Just about every day of the year there’s something happening on the 600 acres of land the Speedway occupies in an unincorporated pocket of western Fontana.

IndyCar Series returned to the track with the MAVTV 500 in 2012 after a seven-year hiatus. This year’s event takes place on June 27 and is sure to attract thousands of open-wheel race fans from across the southwest.

The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience and the Mario Andretti Race Experience give hardcore race fans opportunities to zip around the two-mile, D-shaped oval track in real stock cars or open-wheelers after classroom instruction on how to handle the high-performance automobiles.

Exotics Racing is the latest addition to the track’s interactive attractions. The company offers fans one-on-on instruction and a chance to drive exotic vehicles from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Nissan GTR, Porsche and Audi on a 1.2-mile street course fashioned inside the main track. The company even offers a ride-along with a professional racecar driver for those who’d rather sit in the passenger seat and enjoy the ride.

Outside the track, CalSpeed Karting offers high-performance outdoor go-kart rentals and training sessions. In addition, it hosts a variety of organized go-kart racing and private events.

The Auto Club Dragway located north of the track regularly holds street legal drag events for amateur racers as well as professional drag racing events hosted by the Pacific Street Car Association, National Muscle Car Association, and the National Hot Rod Association.

In addition to these and other offerings, the Auto Club Speedway plays host to commercial and movie filming, and it has also held large community events, such as the Cardenas Festival and Fourth of July fireworks shows.

For more information, visit or call 1-800-944-RACE (7223). In case you’re interested, NASCAR’s Auto Club 400 returns to the track on March 22.
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