A month-long challenge runs through February 10, 2017 where students read to win money for their libraries, school-wide pizza parties and free NASCAR race tickets.

FONTANA, Calif. – Jan. 17, 2017 –  Nearly 147,000 students at 230 elementary schools in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles Counties are taking the challenge to complete 20 books or reading assignments within four weeks as part of Lefty’s Reading Challenge, a free literacy program through Auto Club Speedway. The month-long challenge runs through February 10, 2017 where students read to win money for their libraries, school-wide pizza parties and free NASCAR race tickets.

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“Lefty’s goal is to make his Reading Challenge fun for everyone who participates,” said Dave Allen, president of Auto Club Speedway. “But more importantly, he wants to find a way to wipe out illiteracy in our community.”

Lefty Turner, the official Mascot of Auto Club Speedway and Lefty’s Kids Club, will visit several schools to meet the students and get them ready  for Lefty’s Reading Challenge including San Jacinto Elementary School, Baldy Mesa Elementary in Phelan, Dunlap Elementary in Yucaipa and Canyon Crest Elementary in Fontana. 

Over the past six years, Lefty's Reading Challenge has been an enormous success with nearly half a million students participating in Auto Club Speedway’s literacy program.  Lefty’s Reading Challenge, part of Auto Club Speedway’s youth initiative, Lefty’s Kids Club, provides area youth with a positive and enriching outlook on life inspiring achievement and education in an effort to build future race fans.

To register or learn more about Lefty’s Reading Challenge, visit www.leftyskidsclub.com or call 909-429-5611.

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 attend special events including free general admission seats on Friday and Saturday of NASCAR’s Auto Club 400  Weekend – March 24-26, 2017, at Auto Club Speedway.  Not only will Lefty’s Kids Club members attend NASCAR weekend at Auto Club Speedway to watch world-class racing, but they’ll also experience fun filled Kids Club activities in Lefty’s Fun Zone. This 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).

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