NASCAR Sprint Cup series racing returns to California for a March 27, 2011 race, the Auto Club 400.
Past winners include Jimmie Johnson (2010), Matt Kenseth (2009), and Carl Edwards (2008).
Johnson took home a purse of $332,803 in his 2010 win here.
Since 2001, the race has been broadcast on FoxTV, with Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, and Larry McReynolds hosting.
Ford Motor Company has 9 wins here; Chevrolet has 5.
The top five drivers in the chase for the Sprint Cup heading into Fontana are Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard. Jimmie Johnson is seventh.
What: Auto Club Speedway 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race
Where: Fontana, CA (near Los Angeles)
Green Flag Time: 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 27, 2011
TV: FoxTV, with start time at 3:00 pm
Grammy winner Richard Marx is scheduled to perform the national anthem prior to the green flag. Last year, Grammy winner Kenny Logins performed the national anthem.
Nationwide Series fans get to see drivers in the Royal Purple 300, a Saturday, March 26, 2011 event with a 2:30 pm start time.
Danica Patrick’s two-month hiatus from Nationwide racing to return to IndyCar began a bit earlier than expected last week at Bristol Motor Speedway. She had a run-in with Ryan Truex with 52 laps to go in the race, and was unable to continue.
Also filed under: Auto Club 500, Auto Club 400