Lefty’s Reading Challenge Starts January 15, 2018

FONTANA, Calif. – Jan. 11, 2018 – Lefty Turner, the Official Mascot of Auto Club Speedway and Lefty’s Kids Club, will make pit stops at over 20 elementary schools to kick-off the annual Lefty’s Reading Challenge, a free literacy program through Auto Club Speedway.


Staff members from Auto Club Speedway and Lefty will participate in school assemblies to educate the students and faculty about the reading program, how it benefits the schools and to boost literacy levels.  


School visits include Oswalt Academy in Walnut; Mango Elementary in Fontana; Hughbanks Elementary in Rialto; Canyon Crest Elementary in Riverside; Cabazon Elementary in Cabazon; Jefferson Elementary in Corona; Cottonwood Canyon Elementary in Lake Elsinore; and Hermosa Elementary in Alta Loma.


“Over the past seven years, Lefty’s Reading Challenge has reached nearly a half a million students,” said Dave Allen, President of Auto Club Speedway. “Visiting the schools and meeting the students reminds us that we are making a positive impact in hundreds of schools through this creative and rewarding reading program.”


A total of 220 elementary schools in San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles Counties are participating in the annual Lefty’s Reading Challenge. The month-long reading challenge will take place from January 15 through February 9, 2018 where students read to win money for their libraries, school-wide pizza parties and free NASCAR race tickets.


Local community partners are also rewarding students that complete 20 books or reading assignments within four weeks. Omnitrans is offering a Youth Free Ride Coupon and Petersen Automotive Museum is offering two complimentary Youth or Student Admissions for each paid Adult Admission. In addition, Carl’s Jr and King Taco are supporting the reading program and Lefty’s Kids Club.


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 16-18, 2018 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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