FOX Sports Exclusive
California Speedway History
Share This Story
- 1998: A section of 15,777 seats was added to the main grandstands, hiking that reserved capacity to 86,232. In the same year, a fully-equipped playground was built in the infield. Additionally, the speedway became the first major facility in the country to erect an inside debris fence.
- 1999: 28 sky boxes were added to the rim of the main grandstands, joining the 71 luxury terrace suites located along pit road. These luxury suites offer breath-taking views of not only the speedway and its manicured-grounds, but of the San Gabriel Mountains and San Bernardino Valley.
- 2000: A new look for Turn 2 and the backstretch. In keeping with existing International Speedway Corporation (which bought the track from Penske Motorsports last year) safety policies there is pavement in Turn 2 extending down two thirds of the 2,500-foot backstretch, bordered by 61 palm trees that have become the speedway's signature. In addition, a new catch fence was extended around the perimeter of the track.
- 1 million tons of rubble removed;
- 2 million cubic yards moved to shape the track;
- 300,000 tons of asphalt were laid, not only on the track but enough for 32,000 parking spaces.