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Auto Club Raceway in Pomona

 

Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, CA

Historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, the oldest venue on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series circuit, has been home to NHRA's season opener, the Kragen O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals, since 1961 and to the season closer, the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, since 1984.

Originally opened as a way to encourage street racers to compete safely, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona was built with the combined efforts of the Pomona Valley Timing Association, Pomona Police Chief Ralph Parker, and the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. Through fundraisers, these three entities opened the track that began as a dirt parking lot with an asphalt strip down the middle. Bleachers that held no more than 300 spectators were in place next to a timing tower that was merely scaffolding with a roof on top. The facility had its first permanent timing tower in 1968, and it was a meager three-story building that housed race control, the track office, and a small media room.

The small three-story tower that stood for more than 25 years gave way to a 14,600-square-foot tower complete with corporate suites and a modern press center. In 1992, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona entered the final phases of the $4.5-million modernization project, which included the installation of permanent grandstand seats, half of which have seat backs.

In 2001, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona's entire 1,320-foot racing surface was repaved to extend the concrete launchpad from 330 to 660 feet. In 2006, luxury VIP box suites were built atop the east-side grandstands.

AAAFor information on track rental, please contact :
Fairplex – Sales Department
909-865-4042
sales@fairplex.com
pomonaraceway.com