California Speedway's 2001 individual race tickets for the April NASCAR weekend and the November CART/NASCAR Truck Series weekend will go on sale by phone starting Monday, January 29th at 9:00 a.m. by calling 1-800-944-RACE. In addition, fans can purchase their tickets
online! Individual tickets can also be purchased in person at the speedway ticket office beginning Tuesday, January 30th at 9:00 a.m.
"The first day of individual ticket sales is an exciting day for us. It serves as a reminder that the April NASCAR weekend is right around the corner," said Miller. "We are also looking forward to offering tickets for sale on our website to help ease the time guests have to wait when calling our ticket line, especially over the first few days of individual tickets being on sale."
Ticket prices for the Sunday main event races, the NASCAR Winston Cup NAPA AUTO PARTS 500 (April 29th) and the CART FedEx Championship Series Marlboro 500 Presented by TOYOTA (November 4th), are $105, $85, $70, $50 and $39. Individual tickets for the Saturday support races are $45 and $35, while general admission tickets for Friday's practice sessions and qualifying are just $10.
New for the 2001 season will be the addition of approximately 5,500 grandstand seats currently under construction outside Turn Four. The construction, which began September 18th, is scheduled to be completed by late March. This is the second major grandstand expansion since the speedway's inaugural season, bringing the estimated permanent-seat capacity to approximately 92,000 seats. In December of 1997, expansion began on an additional 15,777 seats that were completed in time for the 1998 spring NASCAR weekend.
The April NASCAR weekend features the stars of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in their only Southern California appearance. Defending NAPA AUTO PARTS 500 champion Jeremy Mayfield, along with two-time winner Jeff Gordon (1997, '99) and 1998 champion Mark Martin, will battle it out with other NASCAR stars over the two-mile D-shaped superspeedway. The weekend also includes the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division Auto Club 300 on Saturday, April 28th, along with the NASCAR Winston West Series Pontiac WideTrack Grand Prix 200.
In the fall, California Speedway will once again be the place where champions are crowned, as three season finales will be contested in early November. The season finale Marlboro 500 Presented by TOYOTA, Round 22 of the CART FedEx Championship Series, will be held on Sunday, November 4th. Christian Fittipaldi is the defending champion, while Marlboro Team Penske driver Gil de Ferran returns as the series champion, which was settled at California Speedway this past season. Prior to the CART race will be the season finale of the Dayton Indy Lights Series. On Saturday, November 3rd, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will crown its champion in a 200-mile, 100-lap race.
In addition to the individual tickets, season tickets are also on sale. Three season ticket packages are available: The Ultimate Season Package, which includes a ticket for all six days of racing at one low price and guarantees the same seat for Saturday and Sunday events at a savings of nearly 15 percent; The Sunday Season Package, which is the "traditional" package offered since the speedway's opening in 1997, which includes the same seat for both Sunday main events; and The California Speedway Club, which offers premier grandstand seats personalized with the ticket holder's name, special food packages, discount coupons from various sponsors and partners, special collectible merchandise and a premium Lot 1 parking pass for a one-time payment of $1,200 per seat and the annual renewal cost of the Season Ticket.
For ticket information, call 1-800-944 RACE (7223). Ticket office hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.