Auto Club Speedway Unveils Reading Initiative; Two School Libraries to Receive $5,000 Each

Lefty’s Fall Reading Challenge being held in September

Shown from left to right: Almond Elementary School principal Karolee Rosen, Auto Club Speedway president Gillian Zucker and Speedway mascot Lefty, unveiled Lefty’s Fall Reading Challenge today.


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (Sept. 1, 2010) – Auto Club Speedway is leading the charge to celebrate “National Book Month” in October by encouraging area students to read by participating in a special program unveiled today.

Speedway President Gillian Zucker and Speedway Mascot “Lefty”, launched Lefty’s Fall Reading Challenge to a library full of enthusiastic students and teachers at Almond Elementary School in Fontana, Calif.  Lefty’s Fall Reading Challenge, open to all San Bernardino County Elementary Schools, comes not only with the satisfaction of learning, but also with a $5,000 donation to two elementary school libraries and a school pizza party courtesy of California Pizza Kitchen.

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.

Along with Zucker and “Lefty”, Almond Elementary School Principal Karolee Rosen, California Pizza Kitchen Regional Director Ken Borsuk and CPK General Managers Jill Chrivia and Irina Fink were all on hand for the special announcement.

From Sept. 1-30, participating 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 300 NASCAR NNS race on Saturday, Oct. 9.

In addition, upon completion of the reading assignments students will receive:

  • A certificate of completion
  • One (1) complimentary ticket for a parent or guardian to the 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 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) 429-5612.

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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 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.

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