Biggest Season in California Speedway's History Concludes; 2005 to get Underway Early with Auto Club 500

FONTANA, Calif. (November 1, 2004) --- With the end of daylight savings, the 2004 racing calendar at California Speedway comes to a close. The Southern California motorsports facility saw its largest season ever since it opened in 1997, hosting six major race weekends including two NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events, one AMA Superbike doubleheader event, one IRL IndyCar Series event, one Grand American season finale event and one Historic Sports Car event.

"This year has not only been our biggest, but also our 'brightest' season in the speedway's history," California Speedway President Bill Miller said. "We introduced night racing for the first time here, and race fans were treated to a multitude of racing disciplines. From stock cars to IndyCars, sports cars to motorcycles, California Speedway is the place to be for some of the best racing action in the country and next year will bring more exciting changes to our schedule."

The 2005 racing season gets underway-early next year when NASCAR heads out West for the second race of the year - the Auto Club 500 - just one week after the season opening Daytona 500. The early date marks three major NASCAR weekends California Speedway will host within a 10-month span.

"California Speedway is completely focused on the 2005 season," Miller said, "featuring NASCAR's top-three racing series competing in February.

"With the addition of the Fontana Race Week, new involvement from Stater Bros. Markets, the continued support of San Bernardino County and the development of the Miller Lite Rock 'n Racing Concert series, California Speedway is not just a great place for entertainment, but also is increasing its community support in the Inland Empire," he said.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Ted Musgrave is excited to return to California Speedway early in 2005.

"I love this place," said the three-time American Racing Wheels 200 champion after finishing second in his fourth Craftsman Truck Series event at California Speedway in October. "There are only eight more races 'til we get to come back here."

"California Speedway's customary season schedule has wrapped up," Miller said, "and although we are not promoting the Japanese Grand Touring Championship, the speedway will play host to the first-ever international exhibition All-Star event this December. The competition should prove to be an exciting event for the motorsport fan, keeping the speedway bustling with action all year long and is just two months before NASCAR hits town in February."

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