Change Sets Guinness World Record At Auto Club Speedway
San Bernardino County, Calif. (March 25, 2009) – In honor of the centennial of the Lincoln Penny over 35,000 Southern California students with the THINK Together after-school program collected 14,622,929 pennies, exceeding their goal of 8.5 million pennies, as part of their “Miles of Change” community project to help raise awareness for the need of quality after-school programs. The pennies collected were enough for THINK Together students and volunteers to lay down a chain of pennies 65-miles long, setting a new Guinness World Record today, at Auto Club Speedway.
“All of us here at Auto Club Speedway are so excited to be part of the THINK Together “Miles of Change” program for Southern California after-school children,” said Gillian Zucker, President of Auto Club Speedway. “Not only will thousands of dollars go to after-school programs in the Inland Empire, but a Guinness World Record was broken right here at Auto Club Speedway!”
Auto Club Speedway, in partnership with THINK Together, hosted the “Miles of Change” event at the Speedway’s two-mile D-shaped oval- home of the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR -- the Auto Club 500 in February and the inaugural debut of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in California for the Pepsi 500 October 11, 2009. The chain of pennies were enough to loop the Speedway more than 32 times to create the 65-mile chain of pennies. The new world record will be published in the famed Guinness Book of World Records.
For more information on the THINK Together after-school programs and the “Miles of Change” community project, please visit www.thinktogether.org.
About Auto Club Speedway: Mark your calendar for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup as it races to Auto Club Speedway for its inaugural debut in California on October 11, 2009 for the Pepsi 500. To purchase tickets for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series -- Pepsi 500 weekend call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit the new www.autoclubspeedway.com for more information.