Auto Club Speedway Kids Club Mascot Lefty Caught On Camera Gearing Up For Summertime Fun In The Inland Empire

Kids Club Mascot - Lefty

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (May 29, 2009) – Lefty, the mascot of Auto Club Speedway’s Kids Club – an exclusive Speedway membership program for kids – is leading the charge for fun in the Inland Empire this summer. 

Lefty spent time in the Auto Club Speedway Infield Gym this week, readying himself for a busy summertime schedule filled with excitement and enjoyment, culminating with a NASCAR-filled weekend at Southern California’s Inaugural “Chase Race” -- the Pepsi 500 on October 11th

Lefty’s summertime schedule includes:

Saturday, May 30th:  2009 Chino Hills Challenge:  The 5K Run/Walk will be at Chino Hills High School and will also feature kids races, community expo, entertainment and food. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m.

Saturday, June 6th:  54th Annual Fontana Days Run:  The 5K Run/Walk will feature a Half Marathon Run, Children’s Healthy Half Mile Dash, 5K Family Fitness Walk, 5K Run/Race Walk, vendors, exhibitors, live entertainment and finish line festivities.  For more information please visit http://www.fontana.org.

Sunday, June 21st: Telemundo Sports Festival at Salt Lake Park in Huntington Park. Lefty will make a quick pit stop to visit kids in L.A. County. This free event offers a full day of kid-friendly activities including a walk-up soccer tournament, pictures with Dodgers and Angels legends, the NASCAR Experience display equipped with race cars and interactive video games, all of Southern Californian’s favorite sport franchises Lakers, Clippers, Raiders, Ducks, Kings, Galaxy, CHIVAS USA, and much more.

Saturday, July 4th:  the K-FROG 1st Annual Red, White and Cruise Presented by Stater Bros. and Pepsi at Auto Club Speedway.   The day-long community festival includes one of the largest fireworks show in the area; live musical performances by fifth season “American Idol” winner” Taylor Hicks and country music singer-songwriter Jimmy Wayne; as well as car shows, Harley Rides, Kids Freedom Zone and a star-spangled Independence Day Parade. To purchase tickets or for more information log onto www.autoclubspeedway.com, call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit the Auto Club Speedway ticket office.

Ultimately, Lefty’s summertime fun will lead him to Southern California’s Inaugural NASCAR Chase Race -- the Pepsi 500 on October 11th.  Not only will Lefty and members of the Auto Club Speedway Kids Club enjoy great NASCAR racing, but also fun filled, kids-only activities during race weekend including the Opportunity, California FanZone Scavenger Hunt, storytime with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, the opportunity to win special prizes and so much more!

Organizations interested in having Lefty at their event can call 909-429-5207 or for more information please visit www.autoclubspeedway.com/kidslclub

About the Auto Club Speedway Kids Club:   The Auto Club Speedway Kids Club offers a free Green Flag membership for children 12 years old and under and an upgraded Checkered Flag membership for $20 that includes the official ACS Kids Club hat, pencil, folder, lanyard, drawstring backpack and yo-yo. Both Kids Club memberships offer children the exclusive opportunity to special events including free admission to the 4th of July Extravaganza, free NASCAR weekend general admission seats on Friday and Saturday, the Opportunity, California FanZone Scavenger Hunt, storytime with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and the opportunity to win special prizes.  Families can also take advantage of free parking, bring in their own food, or partake in the unbelievable menu items on site as well as other cost-savings opportunities while enjoying a full day of entertainment and fun at a fantastic family value.  Sign up for either Green or Checkered Flag Kids Club membership at www.autoclubspeedway.com/kidsclub or call 800-944-RACE (7223) for more information.

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