Permanent Road Course Added At California Speedway California Speedway has broken ground on a permanent road course as the speedway looks to increase the number of events hosted at the Southern California motorsports facility, it was announced today by speedway President Bill Miller. Development of the course, which is scheduled for completion in early fall, has three configurations: an Infield Road Course, which can be 1.45 miles (13 turns) or 1.5 miles (17 turns); an Auto Competition Course, which utilizes part of the oval at 2.88 miles (21 turns) and a Motorcycle Competition Course, which also uses part of the oval at 2.36 miles (21 turns). The course is being designed by Associated Engineers, who played an integral role in the design of California Speedway, which opened in 1997. Yeager Construction, the company that built the speedway, is overseeing the construction of the course. “This is an exciting time for California Speedway as we take the next step in our continuation as a premier motorsports facility. The development of this road course increases the opportunities for us to host additional events that motorsports fans in Southern California will want to experience,” said Miller. “We’ve had preliminary discussions with AMA and Grand AM,” continued Miller. “Now that we’ve broken ground and are proceeding with the course, we look forward to intensifying those discussions and seeing what makes sense from an entertainment and business standpoint.” Currently, the speedway conducts two major event weekends, the spring NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series and fall CART FedEx Championship Series/NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series weekends. “When the speedway was originally built, an infield test circuit was included; however, the purpose of the course at that time was to host driving schools and testing, not competition,” said Miller. “The current layout is used approximately 85 days during the year, so this new road course will improve an already successful rental program.” The design of the new road course includes a number of variations to suit different sanctioning bodies and racing school needs in utilizing the facility. In addition, transitions are being built from the oval in two places – halfway between turns one and two and nearly halfway down the backstretch. The exit from the road course to the oval is being constructed in turn four. The width of the infield-racing surface is 45-feet wide and will be asphalt, similar to the compound used on the speedway’s two-mile D-shaped oval. Additional paving for run-off areas, both in the infield and near the transitions on and off the oval, will be placed during construction. Alterations to the inside retaining wall and catch fence for the oval transitions will also be constructed. Construction of the new road course will not affect motorhome parking for the upcoming CART race. “We appreciate the continued support of San Bernardino County, Associated Engineers and Yeager Construction for making this project a reality in a short period of time,” said Miller. “We look forward to having road racing back in Southern California.” For ticket and event information, call 1-800-944-RACE.