Auto Club Speedway Continues To Attract Top TV Shows For Feature Segments
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (May 19, 2009) – Not only is Auto Club Speedway a premier stop on the NASCAR circuit, it’s a premier stop on the Hollywood circuit as well.
Over the past few months, HBO’s “Entourage”, Oxygen’s “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood” and TLC’s “Street Custom’s” have all used the backdrop of Auto Club Speedway – Southern California’s Premier Motorsports Facility – as part of its programming, proving the Speedway is well known beyond racing circles.
The “Street Customs” feature from ACS, scheduled to air on Thursday, May 21 at 10 p.m. (PT), features Ryan and his West Coast Customs crew giving a '58 Chevy Nomad a complete makeover for NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace including the installation of a racing engine. But a request for an enormous moon roof throws a wrench into their build schedule.
This month, the HBO hit comedy series “Entourage” made a two-day stop at Southern California’s premier motorsports facility. Scheduled to air in July, Auto Club Speedway got a taste of international flair on track as cast members Kevin Connolly (Eric), Adrian Grenier (Vince), Kevin Dillon (Drama), Jerry Ferrara (Turtle), shot an episode which included the new Ferrari California – the latest edition to the new generation of Ferraris.
Earlier this year, the NBC hit show “The Biggest Loser” taped a segment for its show at ACS, with a little help from NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer. Oxygen's Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott were on site in March filming a segment for their reality series “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood.”
In February, Hamburger Helper taped one of its latest TV spots, starring Bowyer, at the Speedway.
In addition to the many television shows that come knocking, Auto Club Speedway is the place to be seen by celebrities during event weekends as well. During the NASCAR weekend in February, those in attendance included multi-platinum singer/songwriter and actor Billy Ray Cyrus, Gavin Rossdale (former front man of the rock group Bush), Angie Harmon (Law & Order), Jason Sehorn (former New York Giant), stars from the Band From TV including Greg Grunberg (Heroes) and James Denton (Desperate Housewives), Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, and Grammy-nominated, country stars Little Big Town.