Auto Club Speedway, Chivas USA And Youth Soccer League Cleat-Up For Success


Auto Club Speedway, in partnership with Major League Soccer’s Chivas USA, hosted the first ever soccer clinic on the speedway’s tri-oval, this past Friday, July 11, 2008.  The grass section between the start/finish line and victory lane was transformed into a soccer field when more than one hundred local youth soccer league players, Chivas USA players and their coaches laced up their cleats.

“This was a great opportunity to increase the popularity and awareness of NASCAR while enhancing our growing relationship with the local Hispanic community through the sport of soccer,” said Josh Avila, Auto Club Speedway Hispanic Marketing and Communications Manager.

Chivas USA teammates Lawson Vaughn and Alecko Eskandarian, along with their coaches and instructors, led the children in a number of drills and exercises to enhance their skill level. Along with professional instruction, each participant received a Chivas USA clinic hat, an Auto Club Speedway diecast collectible car, a certificate of completion and an Auto Club Speedway Spanish Fan Guide. To wrap up the clinic, Vaughn and Eskandarian held an autograph session. The Chivas Girls and the Chivafighter, the official Chivas mascot, were also available for pictures and autographs.

Auto Club Speedway, in partnership with MLS Chivas USA, has a special ticket package available for fans. For $69, the Auto Club Speedway/Chivas USA ticket package includes:

A NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pepsi 500 ticket for Sunday, August 31, 2008

  • A NASCAR Pit Pass, providing a behind the scenes look at all the action in pit row, up until an hour before the race
  • A ticket to the Chivas USA vs. the Los Angeles Galaxy game, Thursday, August 14, 2008
  • A Chivas USA hat

For more information on the Auto Club Speedway/Chivas USA package or Hispanic Marketing, please contact Josh Avila, Hispanic Marketing and Communications Manager at (909) 429-5314.



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About Auto Club Speedway

Don’t miss out on Labor Day’s biggest party, the Pepsi 500 on Sunday, August 31, 2008. See the biggest stars of NASCAR, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, and Juan Pablo Montoya, as they reach speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. NASCAR racing is a full day of excitement and entertainment that includes sponsor displays, live musical entertainment, great food and fun for the whole family. To purchase tickets for the Pepsi 500 weekend call 1-800-944-RACE, or visit for more information.

About Chivas USA Soccer

Based out of Los Angeles, Chivas USA is the only Mexican-owned club in Major League Soccer. In 2007, the team finished first in the Western Conference and qualified for the playoffs for the second year in a row. Chivas USA is the sister team to Mexico’s most beloved team, Club Deportivo Guadalajara. For more information call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit

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