CHAMPCAR/CART: California Speedway update

The NASCAR Winston Cup Series will return to Southern California in June of 1997. Les Richter,executive vice president of Penske Motorsports announced the new, two mile Califorina Speedway will host its first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on...

The NASCAR Winston Cup Series will return to Southern California in June of 1997. Les Richter,executive vice president of Penske Motorsports announced the new, two mile Califorina Speedway will host its first NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on June 22, 1997.

"The outside barrier walls will go up next week," he said . "That will be followed by the interior walls then we will prepare the grade for the banking. We should be paving the track by the last part of November or early December with the first tests around the first of the year."

The track is scheduled to open with 69,000 spectator seats for the inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup Series race next June.

TV deals havve been set with ESPN and ABC. In additions to NASCAR Winston Cup, the track will also haost an CART/IndyCar race in September.

The California Speedway is built on the same design as Michigan International Speedway but will only be banked 14 degrees in the turns, unlike Michigan's 18 degrees.

The track has permits for 6 major events each year. According tle Les Richter they will use all of them.

The track is scheduled to open in April 1997

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