Registration open for Lefty’s Reading Challenge which has average of 220 elementary schools in San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange Counties annually.

Fontana, Calif. (August 20, 2018) – A perk for elementary schools registering early for Auto Club Speedway’s free literacy program, Lefty’s Reading Challenge, is having the chance for school representatives to take “hot laps” around the superspeedway at speeds over 100 mph in the official NASCAR Toyota Camry Pace Car.  Speedway officials are expecting to have over 100 elementary school teachers, principals and faculty participate.

To be eligible to take hot laps, elementary schools will need to register online for Lefty’s Reading Challenge by September 14 on the new website – – a resource for parents and teachers to download materials, see upcoming events such as school assemblies and FAQs about the literacy program.

Lefty’s Reading Challenge has an average of 220 elementary schools in San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange Counties annually. Over the past nine years, Lefty’s Reading Challenge has been touted by educators as a useful tool to stimulate reading and is in compliance with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) requirements.

The month-long reading challenge will be held January 14-February 8, 2019 where students read to win money for their libraries, school-wide pizza parties and free NASCAR race tickets for staff, students and parents.

Lefty’s Reading Challenge, part of Auto Club Speedway’s youth initiative, Lefty’s Kids Club, provides youth with a positive and enriching outlook on life inspiring achievement and education in an effort to build future race fans.

In addition to Lefty’s Reading Challenge, Lefty’s Kids Club has several activities planned including Lefty’s Track Day on September 12. The public is welcome to drive the track to raise funds for the local elementary school libraries through Auto Club Speedway Foundation benefiting Lefty’s Reading Challenge.


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 15-17, 2019 at Auto Club Speedway. Special kid pricing is available for the Auto Club 400 race.  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 NASCAR driver story time to 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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