Auto Club Speedway news 2009-01-21

Auto Club Speedway Crowned Winner of NASCAR Day Cup; More than $93,000 Raised for The NASCAR Foundation and its Family of Charities SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA. -- (Jan. 21, 2009) -- The NASCAR Foundation presented Auto Club Speedway with the...

Auto Club Speedway Crowned Winner of NASCAR Day Cup; More than $93,000 Raised for The NASCAR Foundation and its Family of Charities

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA. -- (Jan. 21, 2009) -- The NASCAR Foundation presented Auto Club Speedway with the 2008 NASCAR Day Cup in recognition of the more than $93,000 in donations raised by the track last year for The NASCAR Foundation.

This is the second year for the NASCAR Day Cup, which is awarded to the track that raises the most money for The NASCAR Foundation's national fundraiser, NASCAR Day.

"We're a competitive team here at Auto Club Speedway so winning the NASCAR Foundation fundraising challenge is certainly rewarding," said Speedway President Gillian Zucker. "Even more rewarding though is knowing that thousands of area residents, thanks to NASCAR fans who rallied around the Stater Bros., NASCAR Day events, have benefited from the efforts of the Foundation. With trophy in hand, we will vigorously defend our title in 2009."

Auto Club Speedway partnered with race sponsor Stater Bros. to collect donations at 165 locations across Southern California. A portion of the proceeds raised through the promotion stayed in the local community with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Orange County and Inland Empire.

The track and grocery chain kicked off the promotion by sending local Wish child Evan and his family to meet his idol NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Tony Stewart at Darlington Raceway in May of 2008. In addition to meeting his idol, the seven-year-old Apple Valley resident who suffers from leukemia, went behind the scenes in the garage, watched qualifying and practice sessions, attended the drivers' meeting, stood on stage for pre-race driver introductions and watched the action in the Raceway President's suite.

Annually held on the Friday prior to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Challenge in May, NASCAR Day has become one of the most important and fastest-growing traditions in the NASCAR Family. Since the first celebration in 2004, NASCAR Day has raised more than $5 million for the charitable initiatives so close to the hearts of the NASCAR Family.

To learn more about how you can get involved with NASCAR Day visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/nascarday.

About Auto Club Speedway

Don't miss out on the West Coast Premiere of NASCAR, the Auto Club 500 on February 22, 2009. See the biggest stars of NASCAR including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon, and Juan Pablo Montoya as they reach speeds of more than 200 miles per hour. NASCAR racing is a full day of excitement and entertainment that includes sponsor displays, live musical entertainment, great food and fun for the whole family. Enjoy the Speedway's fan amenities, including new escalators, shade structures and misting zones, souvenir shopping and Apex by Wolfgang Puck. To purchase tickets for the Auto Club 500 weekend call 800-944-RACE (7223), or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com for more information.

-credit: acs

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Series Charity , NASCAR
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya