NASCAR announced Tuesday that Auto Club Speedway’s event weekend scheduled for Feb. 26-28 in Fontana had been canceled and realigned to the Daytona Road Course for the second race of the season, Feb. 19-21.

“First and foremost, the health, safety and well-being of our fans, competitors, stakeholders and track personnel remains our top priority,” said Auto Club Speedway President Dave Allen. “The decision to realign our 2021 race weekend was an extremely difficult one. We will miss seeing the greatest fans in motorsports at the track and hearing the roar of NASCAR engines in Southern California this season. However, our colleagues across the industry will have our full support during the DAYTONA Road Course events and throughout the entire 2021 season, and we look forward to welcoming NASCAR competition back at Auto Club Speedway in 2022.”

Auto Club Speedway will continue with a proposed redevelopment project to convert the track to a high-banked short track. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, approval for the redevelopment “will occur at a later date,” according to the Tuesday announcement, allowing the 2022 event to be the final race on the two-mile oval’s original surface.

Customers who purchased tickets to the 2021 race weekend at Auto Club Speedway will be automatically moved to the 2022 race weekend. The track will also give an additional 20% credit that can be used at any NASCAR event at a NASCAR-owned track, subject to availability through the end of 2022. Fans interested in other options can visit the track’s website: AutoClubSpeedway.com/assistance.

 

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By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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