Tens Of Thousands Celebrate Fourth Of July At Red, White And Cruise At Auto Club Speedway

Red, White & Cruise 2009

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (July 6, 2009) – The bright blue skies and the warm California sunshine welcomed tens of thousands of local Inland Empire residents to one of the largest and most spectacular 4th of July celebrations in Southern California at Auto Club Speedway for Red, White and Cruise presented by Stater Bros. and Pepsi.   

The day-long community festival offered a full day of entertainment and fun at a fantastic family value.  Some of the days highlights included.   

- Unmatched entertainment: Taylor Hicks/Jimmy Wayne:  Thousands of fans rocked to the tunes of American Idol fifth-season winner Hicks who performed music from his highly acclaimed studio album “The Distance” and Wayne, the country music sensation who belted out many of his hit songs including the title track “Do You Believe Me Now.” 

- Spectacular fireworks:  The Independence Day celebration concluded with the much anticipated 30-minute star-spangled musical score choreographed by Pyro Spectaculars of Rialto, Calif.  The view from the grandstands included the thousands of brilliant bursts of pyrotechnic color launched just above the Auto Club Speedway water tower.  Seats in the ACS grandstands also had a jaw dropping view of dozens of other July 4th celebrations from as far west to Pasadena, north to the San Bernardino Mountains and as far east to the City of San Bernardino.

- Rockstar Metal Mulisha:  Freestyle motorcross enthusiast clearly enjoyed the multiple high-flying, gravity-defying demonstrations from the stunt team.  From flips to twists, the FMX stunt team tore it up, with the crowd cheering and chanting for more. 

- Car Cruise & Car Show: From ’47 Cadillac’s to ’57 Chevy’s, more than 200 historic cars experienced the Auto Club Speedway track up close and personal, circling the 2-mile oval before making their way to Opportunity, California FanZone area for everyone to admire.

Harley Ride: amidst the sound of ground-shaking thunder, a parade of 400+ riders showed their patriotism on a Harley Ride to Auto Club Speedway.

Independence Day Parade: 35+ local veteran groups, service organizations and marching bands participated in the Independence Day Parade including Grand Marshal Captain Lewis L. Millett, recipient of the Medal of Honor during the Korean War and World War II Veteran Army Major Bill Galbraith.

Vendors galore:  Nearly 100 vendors offered their services and displayed their wares from jewelry and cigars, to comic books and skin care products in the Opportunity, California FanZone.  

- Miss Red, White & Cruise:  Selected out of 12 semi-finalist, Heather Pearce of Rancho Cucamonga  was crowned Miss Red, White and Cruise taking home the crown, trophy and over $1,500 in cash and prizes.  

There’s no doubt that the success of the 1st Annual Red White and Cruise has propelled Auto Club Speedway as the leading Independence Day destination for Southern Californians. 

The next anticipated fireworks show at Auto Club Speedway is expected to illuminate the sky for the inaugural Southern California Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race – the Pepsi 500.  NASCAR’s version of the playoffs come to Auto Club Speedway on October 11th, tickets as low at $35 and other special ticket packages are available by calling 800-944-RACE (7223), visiting the ACS Ticket Office or online at www.autoclubspeedway.com.

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