Auto Club 400 - NASCAR’s Saint Patrick’s Weekend With ACS President Dave Allen
Pitlane at Auto Club Speedway. Image Credit: ACS
Auto Club 400 - NASCAR's Saint Patrick's Weekend With ACS President Dave Allen
Auto Club Speedway is celebrating 22 years of racing during St. Patrick's Day weekend at Southern California’s premier motorsports venue March 15-17, 2019 when NASCAR makes its only stop in Southern California for Auto Club 400 Weekend.
For the first time ever on the NASCAR circuit, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will line up five wide during the pace laps prior to the drop of the green flag for the Auto Club 400 on March 17, 2019. The “Five Wide Salute” not only pays homage to Saturday night short tracks, but will celebrate Auto Club Speedway’s signature racing style of flat out and five wide.
Welcome, DAVE ALLEN, President Auto Club Speedway ...
1) Auto Club Speedway is one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit - Everybody in NASCAR is talking about a new rules package that is expected to enhance the quality of competition, given the limited exposure shown so far during the race at Atlanta that had Brad Keselowski winning for Team Penske, what will you be looking for out of the new rules as they will be tested at Auto Club Speedway during the Auto Club 400 weekend and race on Sunday?
2) Since this track was originally a vision from the house of Roger Penske, and Brad Keselowski just became winningest Penske Racing driver of all time with 61 victories eclipsing Mark Donohue's multi-discipline mark of 60, does Auto Club Speedway plan to stage a recognition of this unique mark in motorsports history?
3) Event Weekend schedule - what do fans need to be looking for?
⦁The NASCAR Auto Club 400 is scheduled for Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
Thursday, March 14: NASCAR Hauler Parade (Free community event)
⦁Hauler Parade at 6:30 pm
Friday, March 15: NASCAR Qualifying Day
⦁Gates open at 9:30 am
⦁Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying at 2:40 p.m.
Saturday, March 16: NASCAR XFINITY Series NXS 300 Race
⦁Gates open at 8:00 am
⦁NXS 300 starts at 2:00 pm
Sunday, March 17: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400
⦁Gates open at 7:00 am
⦁Auto Club 400 starts at 12:30 pm
Five Wide Salute
⦁For the first time ever on the NASCAR circuit, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers will line-up for a “Five Wide Salute” during the pace laps prior to the drop of the green flag for the Auto Club 400 on March 17, 2019.
⦁The “Five Wide Salute” is a tribute to Saturday night short tracks, but also celebrates Auto Club Speedway’s signature racing style of flat-out and five wide.
Fan Favorites include:
⦁Monster Energy athletes perform incredible motorcycle and truck stunts at their home track during their famous Monster Energy Smoke Show
⦁Catch the famed high-flying maneuvers and acrobatic acts of lucha libre wrestling in the Viva La Fiesta Zone
⦁Lefty’s Fun Zone for family-friendly games and motorsports fun designed all for kids!
⦁Pre-Race Concert always rocks the fan zone. Headliner will be announced soon. Past performers include Bush, Switchfoot, Smash Mouth and More!
Race Day Ticket Packages:
Whether it’s taking a behind the scenes tour of NASCAR garages, watching the Auto Club 400 race from an all-inclusive pit road Busch Lounge, or attending a NASCAR driver Q&A with Chase Elliott or Jimmie Johnson…there are a variety of unique race day experiences. Ticket Packages are available with special pricing through March 2.
4) The Los Angeles basin has now experienced its coldest month of February, not one day reached 70 degrees since records have been taken starting in the late 1880's - what are the weather forecasts telling you as to what to expect for the St. Patrick's Day Auto Club 400 weekend of activities.