Porter Elementary School Welcomes Speedway President for Lefty’s Fall Reading Challenge Tour

(Shown from left to right): Speedway President, Gillian Zucker, Speedway Director of Community Affairs, Otis Greer and Porter Elementary School Principal, J.J. Francoisse talk to students about Lefty’s Fall Reading Challenge.


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2010) – With October’s “National Book Month” fast approaching, Auto Club Speedway President Gillian Zucker went on the road taking Lefty’s Fall Reading Challenge to Ted J. Porter Elementary School in Fontana, Calif. on Monday.

Greeted by Porter Elementary School Principal J.J. Francoisse, Mrs. Fredendall’s third grade class, Mr. Fredendall’s fourth grade class and Mr. McCormack’s fifth grade class, Zucker encouraged students to keep reading and to log their progress.  All three classrooms proudly shared with Zucker that 100 percent of students in their classes are participating in Lefty’s Fall Reading Challenge.

Not only will students have the satisfaction of learning, but Lefty’s Fall Reading Challenge will award a $5,000 donation to two elementary school libraries and a school pizza party courtesy of California Pizza Kitchen.  Currently, 85 percent of Porter Elementary School’s students are participating with Lefty’s Fall Reading Challenge.

The $5,000 awards and pizza parties will be based on 1) the school with the most students completing their reading challenges and 2) the school with the highest percentage of students completing the challenge.  Winning schools will be announced Monday, Oct. 4.

Throughout the month of September, participating San Bernardino County schools will encourage their students to complete reading assignments with the guidance of their teacher or school librarian during Lefty’s Fall Reading Challenge.

At the end of the month participation will be verified by both Auto Club Speedway and the school.  Auto Club Speedway and California Pizza Kitchen officials will present a check to the two winning schools during pre-race ceremonies of the CampingWorld.com 300 NASCAR NNS race on Saturday, Oct. 9.

In addition, all students completing their reading assignments will receive:

• A certificate of completion
• One (1) complimentary ticket for a parent or guardian to the CampingWorld.com 300 on Saturday, Oct. 9
• One (1) complimentary membership to Lefty’s Kids Club that gets kids 12 and under free to NASCAR Qualifying Day on Friday, Oct. 8 and the CampingWorld.com 300 on Saturday, Oct. 9
• A complimentary CPKids meal at participating California Pizza Kitchens

For more information about Lefty’s Fall Reading Challenge contact Auto Club Speedway Guest Services at (909) 429-5109.

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About Auto Club Speedway
This October the playoffs go golden!  The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup roars into the Golden State and Southern California’s Auto Club Speedway.  Experience a weekend full of speed beginning with NASCAR Qualifying Day (Oct. 8), followed by the NNS CampingWorld.com 300 (Oct. 9) and culminating with Southern California’s “playoff” race – the Pepsi MAX 400 (Oct. 10). 

Free parking, unbelievable menu items and a full weekend of entertainment, live music and fun await fans in the Speedway’s DiscoverIE FanZone. 

Pepsi MAX 400 tickets start at $35 and AAA members receive Show Your Card & Save discounts, including a special section with half-priced tickets for kids 12 and under.  And don’t forget children 12 and under can sign up for the FREE Auto Club Speedway Lefty’s Kids Club membership to receive FREE admission on Friday and Saturday.

For more information or to purchase tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com.



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