Diverse Crowd Attends Auto Club Speedway For Bullrun And Garage Sale

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Southern California race fans converged at Auto Club Speedway on Friday to witness the celebrity road rally Bullrun, to take advantage of extraordinary deals during the Auto Club Speedway Garage Sale and be the first to purchase 2007 season tickets. Bullrun, which started in New York one week ago and has wound its way across the country to Southern California, took its second to last tour stop at the motorsports facility before heading to Los Angeles for the finish on Saturday. Those in attendance for this free event observed the likes of actor Hayden Christensen and Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis among others who twisted their way through Auto Club Speedway's Infield road course. Lewis, who had doubts about competing from coast to coast, was impressed with the turn-out for Bullrun. "I'm a big automobile buff," said Lewis, "and what is really interesting about it is that this one little thing - cars - brought all kinds of people together. Different languages, different ethnicities, different backgrounds, young, old; and it just shows how there is always a way to bring people together, and that is exactly what it is all about. When we go to every city and see these kids smiling and they brought their parents out with them, that is what (auto racing) is all about: cars brought the families together to come out. (Cars) brought everybody (to Auto Club Speedway), together." Earlier in the day NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and part-time NEXTEL Cup Series driver Bill Lester visited with media and signed autographs for fans. Lester, the first African-American to compete in the NEXTEL Cup Series since Willy T. Ribbs in 1986, is set to compete at Auto Club Speedway in the SONY HD 500 on Labor Day weekend. The Auto Club Speedway Garage Sale, which gives fans unbelievable deals on great merchandise from the superspeedway over the years, will continue on Saturday in the garage area of the infield. While here, fans can purchase their 2007 season tickets. Great seats are still available for the SONY HD 500 on September 3. For more information, call 800-944-RACE [7223] or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.

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