Assuming things go to plan, Auto Club Speedway will look very different in 2023. On Tuesday, The Athletic reported NASCAR has submitted plans to San Bernardino County to transform the two-mile oval into a half-mile short track.
Auto Club Speedway, located in Fontana, California and developed with the support of Roger Penske, opened in 1997 and is one of the Cup Series‘ fastest ovals similar to Michigan International Speedway. The two-mile, D-shaped course currently hosts the Cup Series’ Auto Club 400, and welcomed the IndyCar Series from 2002 to 2005 and 2012 to 2015. The speedway also features an infield road course that has been used for motorcycle and sports car racing, including the Rolex Sports Car Series in the early 2000s.
However, the track has encountered various speed bumps in its history. A second Cup date on Labor Day weekend failed due to poor … Read the rest