Auto Club Speedway Hard Card Members Spend The Day With Roger Penske And NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Sam Hornish Jr.


Auto Club Speedway Hard Card Members were invited to attend an exclusive announcement by Penske Racing to unveil the new paint scheme for Sam Hornish Jr.’s #77 NASCAR race car as part of a multi-race agreement with the Automobile Club of Southern California beginning in 2009.


Hard Card Member joined Roger Penske, Chairman, Penske Corp, Tom McKernan, CEO, Automobile Club of Southern California and Sam Hornish, Jr., three-time IndyCar Series Champion and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver of the No. 77 Dodge Charger in the Speedway’s Drivers Meeting Room for the press conference, special Q&A session and photo opportunity.


Hard Card members also heard from Speedway President Gillian Zucker about what’s new in 2009 at Auto Club Speedway including:


·         The Action Pack season tickets that include Auto Club Speedway tickets for all six days of NASCAR racing; a three day pass for the American Motorcyclists Association (AMA); a three day pass to the Historic Sportscar Racing Festival (HSR); NHRA Drag Events, a Garage Tour and a Lot 2 Parking Pass.


  • The Speedway’s new October 11th race, which is the fourth race in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.


·         The new Hollywood themed Camping World Backlot-a 286-site campground at Auto Club Speedway that will have a unique Hollywood theme and a variety of activities, including studio-sponsored

movie nights, comfortable common areas and food stands with a cinematic theme.  The campground will have full access to infield stores, water and pump services and easy access to tram services. On top of that, the Camping World Backlot sites are 45’ long by 20’ wide- larger than campsites in the Infield, which measure 40' long by 15' wide!


As always, Hard Card members had the chance to see a uniquely personal side of NASCAR’s elite.  When asked about how he met Roger Penske, Hornish shared a dream he had as a child.  He said that shortly after he started racing go-karts at age 11, he had a dream that he would race cars for Roger Penske.  He commented to the crowd that his life today is "literally a dream come true."


Hard Card Events often make dreams come true for race fans by providing such unique opportunities to see the stars of motorsports up close in a casual environment.  For information on becoming a Hard Card member, click here (LINK TO


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About Auto Club Speedway

Don’t miss out on the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR, the Auto Club 500 on February 22, 2009.   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 Auto Club 500 weekend call 800-944-RACE (7223), or

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About the Automobile Club of Southern California

The Automobile Club of Southern California is the largest affiliate in the American Automobile Club federation. With its affiliates and subsidiaries, the Auto Club serves more than 10 million AAA members through AAA Texas, AAA Missouri, AAA Alabama, AAA New Mexico, AAA Hawaii and AAA Northern New England. Most often recognized for its industry leading roadside assistance program, the Auto Club also provides members with competitively priced insurance products and services, a travel agency, financial products, automotive pricing and buying programs, automotive testing and analysis, trip planning services and highway and transportation safety programs. For more information about AAA, please visit


About Penske Racing

Penske Racing is one of the most successful motorsports organizations in history, with more than 300 major race wins, including the 2008 Daytona 500, the 2008 12 Hours of Sebring and 14 Indianapolis 500 races. In stock car racing, Penske Racing has scored 77 wins and 106 pole positions since 1991. For more information about Penske Racing, please visit



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