FONTANA, Calif. - (August 15, 2001) – California Speedway today announced its rules, hours of operation and admission prices for three upcoming Street Legal Drag Racing event weekends on the speedway’s new quarter-mile Street Legal Drag Strip.
For the September 8-9, 22-23 and October 6-7 weekends, the speedway will open its ticket lines at 7:00 a.m. Prices are $10 per person entering the speedway and $10 for racers to purchase a Tech Card. Tech Cards will be limited to the first 500 racers.
Technical inspection and racing will begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 6:00 p.m.
The following pages contain a complete set of rules; however, some of the key primary rules for participation include: vehicle must be registered in the State of California; driver must have a valid state driver’s license; exhaust must be routed through street legal mufflers (all runs will be monitored on a decibel level); tires must be street legal DOT approved treaded tires (no bare or slick tires); no aftermarket electronic devices allowed; all cars and trucks must have as a minimum an O.E.M.-type lap belt system, securely mounted to frame or floor; all vehicles must be equipped with an operational Neutral Safety Switch. (Racing will also be open to motorcycles, additional rules for motorcycles are included on the attached sheets.)
A complete set of rules can also be obtained on the speedway’s website at www.californiaspeedway.com.
The National Hot Rod Association and California Speedway announced on June 19th that the speedway would host the NHRA’s Street Legal Program on a new quarter-mile drag strip to be located in Lot 1 behind the speedway’s main grandstands. The new asphalt strip, which is designed for street cars to race in a controlled racing environment, is currently under construction. Construction crews are preparing the burnout and launch pad, which is 60’ x 200’, as well as placing barricades and the timing system in preparation for the first weekend. A limited number of temporary seating areas will also be installed for spectator viewing.
“We are anxiously anticipating our first three weekends of the Street Legal Program,” said Bill Miller, president of California Speedway. “There is a lot of excitement from local racers who have contacted the speedway, and we look forward to opening our doors to this great grass-roots racing program. We also appreciate the efforts of the NHRA in guiding us through all the logistics and working hand-and-hand with us to provide this much needed opportunity for people to race their vehicles.”
Current plans call for the speedway to host a winter and summer schedule of Street Legal weekends in 2002. Those dates have not been set at this time.