Thousands of Local Students Participate, Thousands of Dollars Rewarded to Schools, “Lefty’s Reading Challenge” Another Big Success


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (March 15, 2013) – More than 115,000 students participated, reading nearly 700,000 books as Auto Club Speedway continued its commitment to education by encouraging area students to take part in Lefty’s Reading Challenge January 14 – February 8.

Held in more than 180 schools in San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties, the challenge, named after Auto Club Speedway mascot Lefty, is part of Auto Club Speedway’s heralded youth initiative. 

$27,000 will be distributed to the libraries of the winning schools. Students at winning schools will also receive a school-wide pizza party and all teachers and support staff of the winning schools will receive two complimentary tickets to the Auto Club 400 NSCS race on March 24.

The check presentation for the winning schools will take place on Saturday, March 23 during the Royal Purple 300 Pre-Race Ceremonies.

The ten winning schools include:

San Bernardino County: Arroyo Verde Elementary School (Redlands), Etiwanda Colony Elementary School (Rancho Cucamonga), Shadow Hills Elementary School (Fontana), Ted Porter Elementary School (Fontana), and Terra Vista Elementary School (Rancho Cucamonga).

Riverside County: Avalon Elementary School (Perris), Ramona Elementary School (Moreno Valley) and St. Catherine of Alexandria (Riverside).

Los Angeles County:  J. Marion Roynon Elementary School (La Verne) and Oakmont Elementary School (Claremont).

All students completing Lefty’s Reading Challenge received:

• A certificate of completion
• One (1) complimentary ticket for a parent or guardian to the Royal Purple 300 NNS race
• One (1) complimentary membership to Lefty’s Kids Club that got kids 12 and under free to NASCAR Qualifying Day and the Royal Purple 300
• All teachers that had 100% participation in their classroom received two complimentary tickets to the Auto Club 400 NSCS race

With the support of Bento Box Interactive, all students that completed their reading challenge also received the recently released, digitally enhanced Sweet Pickles E-book, the “Very Worried Walrus”. Celebrating its 35th Anniversary, the Sweet Pickles E-books creates an interactive read-along experience with professional sound effects, narration and character voices performed by award-winning voice actors (  

For more information on how schools can participate in Lefty’s Reading Challenge, please contact Auto Club Speedway Community Services at (909) 429-5611.

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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 .  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 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 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 or call 800-944-RACE (7223).



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