FONTANA, Calif. - (Aug. 28, 2017) - From family sedans to classic cars to sport cars, more than 400 vehicles and over $4,400 was raised at Lefty’s Track Day at Auto Club Speedway on Aug. 24, 2017. The annual charity event invites the public to experience the thrill of driving their personal vehicle around the famous 2-mile NASCAR oval to support local elementary schools.
“We had an incredible turnout and are grateful to the community for supporting literacy programs at our local schools,” said Dave Allen, President of Auto Club Speedway.
All proceeds from Lefty’s Track Day benefits 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.
Auto Club Speedway partnered with the San Bernardino County Schools District and its Vision2Read Program to host a competition to see which school district had the highest attendance rate at Lefty’s Track Day. The Etiwanda School District won and their Superintendent will participate in the pre-race ceremonies at the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race on March 17.
In addition, fans donated more than 200 children's books to the Inland Empire United Way's School Tools program for local classrooms.
Car Clubs throughout Southern California including DeLoreans, Mini Coopers and Corvettes took parade laps around the track and were on display in a special show-n-shine area for the public to view.
Guests also enjoyed the Eat ‘Em Up food truck and sipped cool refreshments from Lemonade Express. Auto Club Speedway had its NASCAR show car, 1948 Woody Hot Rod, and 1927
T-Bucket Roadster on display including an interactive pit stop experience. Young race fans also interacted and took photos with Lefty, the official mascot of the Speedway’s Kids Club.
For more information on Lefty’s Track Day or Lefty’s Reading Challenge, visit www.leftyskidsclub.com or call 909-429-5000.