A Reminder: Start Time For Auto Club 500 Is Noon
Race fans voted Noon start time for 2010 Auto Club 500 at Auto Club Speedway
San Bernardino County , Calif. (Jan. 6, 2010) – Race fans asked for a noon start time for the Auto Club 500 NSCS race and Auto Club Speedway and NASCAR listened. So noon it is for NASCAR’s West Coast Premiere – the Auto Club 500 – at Auto Club Speedway on February 21, 2010 thanks to the many fans that took advantage of a first-time ever chance to cast their vote to help determine the start of Auto Club Speedway’s February event.
Back in October, Auto Club Speedway gave race fans across the country the choice to choose either a noon or a 4:30 p.m. (both times PT) start time for the Auto Club 500, the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010.
Hundreds of race fans across the nation responded and 61 percent got their wish: “the Noons have it”. And here are some of the reasons why:
- “A noon start time is better for my family.”
- “Love night races, but I have kids... NOON!!!”
- “I vote for the noon start. This gives fans sufficient time to get in and out, enjoy pre-race food and activities, plus I don’t have to take any extra time off.”
NASCAR worked hard with the tracks and television sponsors to deliver earlier and more consistent start times. A total of 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races will be held at an earlier time from 2009 of which 19 races are moved to 1:00 p.m. ET, five races move earlier to the 3 p.m. ET start and three races start earlier at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Below is the schedule for race weekend at Auto Club Speedway. All times are local (PT), tentative and subject to change.
FRIDAY, FEB. 19
8:30 a.m. Parking Lots Open to Public
10:30 a.m. FanZone Gates Open to Public
11:00 a.m. ‐ 11:50 a.m. NNS Practice
12:00 p.m. ‐ 1:30 p.m. NSCS Practice
1:40 p.m. ‐ 3:00 p.m. NNS Final Practice
3:40 p.m. NSCS Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)
SATURDAY, FEB. 20
7:00 a.m. Parking Lots Open to Public
9:00 a.m. FanZone Gates Open to Public
9:35 a.m. NNS Qualifying (Two Laps, All Positions)
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. NSCS Practice
12:45 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. NSCS Final Practice
2:00 p.m. NNS Driver Introductions
2:30 p.m. Stater Bros. 300 NNS Race (150 laps, 300 Miles)
SUNDAY, FEB. 21
5:00 a.m. Parking Lots Open to Public
7:00 a.m. FanZone Gates Open to Public
11:30 a.m. NSCS Driver Introductions
12:00 p.m. Auto Club 500 NSCS Race (250 Laps, 500 Miles)
Schedule is tentative and subject to change.
To purchase your tickets for NASCAR’s 2010 West Coast noon Premiere – the Auto Club 500 – call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.