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Track Days to benefit Lefty’s Reading Challenge

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif.  (May 1, 2013) – Celebrate NASCAR DAY with Lefty’s Track Days at Auto Club Speedway on Thursday, May 16 between 3-7p.m.  Paced by the Speedway’s 1948 Fleetmaster Hot Rod Woody or the Speedway Pace Car, participants that make a $10 donation will get to drive their car around Southern California’s premier motorsports 2-mile track, the very same track that NASCAR and INDYCAR stars battle side-by-side on.  Additional dates for Lefty’s Track Days will be announced.

For $20 per person, race fans can also experience speeds over 100 mph with a ride in the official Speedway Pace Car.  NASCAR Day wristbands will also be available for $5, as will the NASCAR Day collectible lapel pin for $10.  Photo opportunities with the Auto Club Speedway Show Car and Kids Club Mascot Lefty will be available while on site.

All proceeds from the event will benefit The NASCAR Foundation and the Auto Club Speedway Foundation which supports Lefty’s Reading Challenge, a program that encourages reading excellence from Southern California elementary school children and provides grants to school libraries.

The challenge, named after Auto Club Speedway mascot Lefty, is part of Auto Club Speedway’s heralded youth initiative.  More than 100,000 students from San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles Counties read nearly 700,000 books from 180 elementary schools during Lefty’s Reading Challenge, Jan. 14 – Feb. 8, for a chance to win thousands of dollars for their school libraries.  In the coming weeks, $27,000 will be distributed to the libraries of the winning schools and students will celebrate with a school-wide pizza party. 

Along with Auto Club Speedway, The NASCAR Foundation and many throughout the NASCAR industry will celebrate the 10th Annual NASCAR Day. This special day is an unprecedented celebration of drivers, corporate partners, media and the sport’s millions of fans uniting with The NASCAR Foundation to support a range of charitable causes relevant and meaningful to those within the NASCAR family.  Since 2008, NASCAR Day efforts at Auto Club Speedway have raised nearly $200,000 for local charities. 

For more information on NASCAR DAY at Auto Club Speedway or Lefty’s Reading Challenge, visit www.autoclubspeedway.com  or call 800-944-RACE (7223).

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About Auto Club Speedway:  Located 50 miles east of Los Angeles in Fontana, California, Auto Club Speedway is California’s premier motorsports facility, hosting over 320 days of track activity each year including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 weekend in March and the MAVTV 500 INDYCAR World Championships Finale weekend in October.  The two-mile D-shaped oval is one of the fastest tracks on the INDYCAR and NASCAR circuits.  The Speedway is also home to numerous movies, television and commercial productions, photo shoots, new car testing, club racing and a variety of racing schools. For more information on events at Auto Club Speedway call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com .  For more information on event lodging, visit the Hilton Garden Inn, Fontana, the official hotel partner of Auto Club Speedway and Auto Club Dragway.

About the Auto Club Speedway Lefty’s Kids Club:  Lefty’s Kids Club offers a free Green Flag membership for children 12 years old and under that offers children the exclusive opportunity to special events including free general admission seats on Friday and Saturday of NASCAR and INDYCAR weekends at Auto Club Speedway.  Not only will Lefty’s Kids Club members attending NASCAR and INDYCAR weekends at Auto Club Speedway enjoy world-class racing, but they’ll also experience fun filled Kids Club activities in the all new LEFTY’S Fun Zone. This new children’s area offers everything from hands on educational programs, to photo opportunities, to kid-favorite foods and many more activities.  For more information, visit www.leftyskidsclub.com or call 800-944-RACE (7223).

About The NASCAR Foundation:  The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The NASCAR Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR family and its commitment to serving communities. The NASCAR Foundation seeks to raise funds and increase volunteerism to support nonprofit charities and charitable causes throughout the nation with an emphasis placed on initiatives that affect the ability of children to live, learn and play. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: NASCAR.COM/foundation. Follow The NASCAR Foundation on facebook.com/NASCARFoundation or on Twitter: @NASCAR_FDN.



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