Race Fans Can Vote for Southern California’s 2010 Greatest Moments in Sports

Nominations include SoCal native and 5-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champ Jimmie Johnson’s 2010 history-making performance


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (Jan. 12, 2011) –  Southern California native Jimmie Johnson’s performance at Auto Club Speedway, en route to his unprecedented fifth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title in 2010 has been nominated by the Los Angeles Sports Council as one of the L.A. area’s most memorable sports moments.

Fans can visit www.lasports.org to vote for the L.A. Sports Council’s “Greatest Sports Moments of 2010” in the L.A.-area.  Voting takes place through January 31st.

The Auto Club Speedway record books were rewritten in February 2010 as El Cajon, Calif., native Jimmie Johnson won his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway, making him the Speedway’s winningest Cup driver. 

The victory at the time, the 48th of his career, set the tone for Johnson which would continue throughout the year, culminating with his unprecedented fifth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, something that has never, ever been done in the sport.

Johnson’s feat is up against local standouts who repeated as winners at the Farmers Classic Tennis Tournament, Corey Pavin named Captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team and Zenyatta’s winning streak in the Individual Sports category.

Award-winners will be revealed during the sixth annual L.A. Sports Awards presentations on Feb. 24 in Los Angeles.  The awards show will be televised initially on Fox Sports West on Feb. 25 and will include special appearances by many of the athletes and coaches whose achievements helped make 2010 such a memorable year in sports.

In addition to the Sportsman award, the ceremony also will feature a countdown of the Top 10 moments for 2010 as selected by a blue-ribbon media panel, along with the naming of the Sportswoman, Coach and Sports Executive of the Year.

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About Auto Club Speedway
Look for some amazing racing when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Auto Club Speedway for the Auto Club 400 on March 27.  During the Pepsi MAX 400 in October, drivers, media and spectators proclaimed that race as possibly the best ever at Auto Club Speedway- five-wide racing at over 200 mph on the NASCAR circuit!  For tickets call 800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com for more information.



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