Auto Club Speedway Champions will Honor the Historic "El Camino Real" in Gatorade Victory Lane
Race winners at Auto Club Speedway will inaugurate a new tradition in Gatorade Victory Lane this race weekend: ringing the "Mobell" a full-scale replica of the hundreds of bells that line California's El Camino Real. The Mobell was presented to Speedway president Gillian Zucker by the Automobile Club of Southern California, which integrates the image of the bell in its AAA logo. The 700-mile-long El Camino Real linked California’s 21 Franciscan missions, which were founded by Father Junipero Serra in the late 18th century. The route runs primarily runs along what are today Highways 101 and 82. In the early 1900s, the El Camino Real Association began erecting bells along the route to mark the sites of the original missions. Since 1974 Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation, has been responsible for installing and maintaining the bells, which are located in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. "El Camino Real is Spanish for the Royal Road and was also called the Kings Highway,” said Zucker. “As we crown our own champions, we are thrilled that Auto Club has helped us bring such a unique tradition, that is so symbolic of our state, to Gatorade Victory Lane." The winners of the Camping World RV Service 300 Presented by Coleman and the Pepsi 500 will each ring the bell as part of their post-race Gatorade Victory Lane celebrations. Zucker said that between races, the Mobell will be at the Auto Club Speedway display area in the Opportunity, California FanZone. In February, race fans throughout the state will have a chance to see the Mobell when Auto Club Speedway takes it on tour--with stops along the El Camino Real--in the weeks leading up to the Auto Club 500 on February 22, 2009. 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. Enjoy the Speedway’s fan amenities, including new escalators, shade structures and misting zones, souvenir shopping and Apex by Wolfgang Puck. To purchase tickets for the Pepsi 500 weekend call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com for more information.