Auto Club Speedway is excited to celebrate its 20th Anniversary here in Southern California in 2017.

Wrapped in a “Reunion” theme, there will be a series of activities and events leading up to and throughout the Auto Club 400 NASCAR weekend, March 24-26. You don’t want to miss the Reunion!


“To me, this Speedway is something special,” said motorsports icon Roger Penske, who on April 20, 1994, along with Kaiser Steel announced the construction of a racetrack on the site of the abandoned Kaiser Steel mill in Fontana.

Les “Coach” Richter was instrumental in the development of Auto Club Speedway overseeing the project for Penske from the demolition of the historic Kaiser Steel Mill, to its transformation into a first-class racing facility. Richter’s hard work and dedication for the Penske Family resulted in the opening of the speedway and marked the return of professional oval track auto racing to the Southern California region.

Located 50 miles east of Los Angeles, Auto Club Speedway, formerly California Speedway, is a two-mile, low-banked, D-shaped oval superspeedway (one of the fastest on the circuit) which has hosted NASCAR racing annually since 1997. The track is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation. Today, California’s premier motorsports facility, hosts over 320 days of track activity including a quarter-mile championship dragstrip at Auto Club Dragway, full-service karting facilities and various racing schools and experiences.

Past Winners

Over the past 20 years, thousands of race fans have been a part of edge-of-your-seat photo finishes, drama-filled unforgettable moments and record-breaking speeds at Southern California’s premier motorsports facility, Auto Club Speedway. Relive our memorable Victory Lane celebrations from NASCAR to IndyCar to AMA and more.


Race through a memory lane of the moments, celebrations and milestones that have made Auto Club Speedway Southern California’s motorsports destination.


A collection of photos and videos featuring NASCAR drivers, motorsport icons and fans sharing their experiences over the past two decades at Auto Club Speedway.

LIFE IN 1997

Remember going to see the movie Titanic? Watching Seinfeld and or filling up your car for $1.22 a gallon? Let’s go back in time and see what life was like in 1997 compared to what it is today.