OVER $7,700 RAISED FOR CALIFORNIA PEACE OFFICERS’ MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

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Fontana, CA – Sept. 16, 2015 – Auto Club Speedway President Dave Allen presented a check for more than $7,700 to the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation (CPOMF) – donations from NASCAR fans who contributed to its First Responder Program during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race in March.  The check was presented in Gatorade Victory Lane at the Speedway today to Wayne Quint Jr, Executive Director of CPOMF, Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones, and Officer Shawn Cory along with K9 Kaiser to support the service and sacrifice made by California Peace Officers.

“Here at Auto Club Speedway, we want to create a lasting, positive impact in our community,” said Allen. “Partnering with CPOMF gives us an opportunity to recognize the service and sacrifice made by California’s peace officers and to provide support to the family members left behind.”

Auto Club Speedway works closely with the first responder community to create special ticket packages where a portion of the ticket price is collected as a donation to go back to select non-profits to support fallen peace officers, firefighters, and their families.

"This check speaks volumes about the relationship the first responders have with Auto Club Speedway,” said Quint. "Our fallen heroes' families can rest assured that the officer’s legacy will live on."

Auto Club Speedway’s partnership with the CPOMF, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the California Fire Foundation raised over $21,000 during the 2015 Auto Club 400 NASCAR race to support the service and sacrifice made by first responders.

Each year during the Auto Club 400, a First Responder Appreciation hospitality area is located in the O’ Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone. First responders and families enjoyed a Q&A with NASCAR driver, Aric Almirola, bag pipe performances, and fire truck and emergency vehicle displays.

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Auto Club Speedway helps civic, school and charitable groups throughout Southern California.  In 2014, Auto Club Speedway raised nearly $250,000 to support local fund drives through its guest services and volunteer vendor programs.  In addition, Auto Club Speedway supports a number of programs, such as Inland Empire United Way, Loma Linda Children’s Hospital and Lefty’s Reading Challenge – a free literacy program reaching over 133,000 students from 221 elementary schools in San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles Counties.

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About Auto Club Speedway:  Located 50 miles east of Los Angeles in Fontana, 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 March 18-20, 2016.  The two-mile D-shaped oval is one of the fastest tracks on the circuit.  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.

About California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation:  A non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, provides support for the families of our fallen heroes by offering an annual scholarship program for children and spouses; subsidizing the three statewide chapters of Concerns of Police Survivors, a peer support group; and providing immediate financial assistance to the primary survivor upon the death of a peace officer In the Line of Duty. www.camemorial.org.

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