Social Media at Center of Overwhelming Fan Response to Announcement of IZOD IndyCar Return

Open-wheel racing back at Southern California’s premier motorsports facility in Fall 2012




SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (July 12, 2011) – The fans have spoken and to put it in Facebook lingo, they “like” the return of the IZOD IndyCar Series to Auto Club Speedway where the world speed record for the fastest lap of 241.426 mph was set in 2000. If that wasn’t enough reason to start the viral spread of good news, there was another reason for increased chatter – the 2012 race will be held under the lights. 

Just over a week following the announcement that open-wheel racing would be returning to Auto Club Speedway, hundreds visited social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace continue to buzz with excitement. 

•  “This is great news. It is sooo good for the track! I am so excited!” – Elissa W.
•  “Thank you! ACS was built for Indy cars. It will be great to see them back at the track. NASCAR & Indy cars, I'm in!”  – Cheryl P.
•  “Yesssssssssss!!!”– Colm C.
•  “And good to see tickets will be $30-$60. That should bring in a lot of fans!” – Tom R.

Sam Hornish Jr. won the Inaugural IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway in 2002 in an exciting finish that saw him beat Jaques Lazier across the finish line by a mere 0.0281 seconds.  The series continued to run at Auto Club Speedway through 2005 and provided race fans with speed and excitement each time it visited the speedway. 

•  “Hooray another race locally!!” – Daisy H.
•  “Yeah! So glad to hear!!!” – Amanda E.
•  “Good job Gillian.” – Kenny H.
•  “We'll be looking for it :)!” – Patricia R.
•  “YES YES YES! Great move!” – Ray A.
•  ”That just made my day.” – Michelle M.

For the first time in seven years, the thrill, excitement and speed of the IZOD IndyCar Series will return to Auto Club Speedway. The stars of the series, which include Helio Castroneves, Dario Franchitti and this year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon, along with high-profile owners Roger Penske, Chip Ganassi, A.J. Foyt and Bobby Rahal are expected to visit Southern California’s premier motorsports facility. 

Tickets for the highly anticipated event will go on sale on Sept. 12, 2011. Ticket Pricing are as follows:  Reserved Club area $60; Reserved $50; General Admission $30; Kids 12 and under free in General Admission with Lefty’s Kids Club membership and camping packages will be available from $255 to $330.

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About Auto Club Speedway:   Auto Club Speedway, is a two-mile oval located in Fontana, California and is home to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race each March. The track also hosts the IZOD IndyCar Series, Historic Sports Car Festival, NHRA drag racing on the track’s Auto Club Dragway, and community events including Red White & Cruise, the annual Fourth of July celebration. In addition to auto racing and community events, the Speedway is home to numerous movies, television and commercial productions, photo shoots, new car testing, club racing and a variety of racing schools. The track is active for more than 320 days every year.  For more information or to purchase tickets to NASCAR Weekend at Auto Club Speedway call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit

About IZOD IndyCar Series:   The IZOD IndyCar Series is the premier open-wheel series in the United States, competing on a challenging combination of superspeedways, short ovals, scenic road courses and temporary street circuits. In 2011 the IndyCar Series will conduct 13 events in the U.S., two in Canada and one both in Japan and Brazil, all available worldwide through comprehensive, long-term agreements with ABC and VERSUS in high-definition. The IZOD IndyCar Series continues to the be the fastest, most versatile racing series, attracting a diverse lineup of drivers including Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan, Danica Patrick, Will Power and Graham Rahal. A leader in motorsports technology, the IZOD IndyCar Series is the first racing series to power its Honda engines on 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol, a renewable and environmentally friendly fuel. For more information on the IZOD IndyCar Series, visit




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