Auto Club Speedway to host Southern California Wine Festival during MAVTV 500

On Saturday, June 27, 2015, Auto Club Speedway will host the first Southern California Wine Festival during the MAVTV 500 Verizon INDYCAR Series in Fontana, CA.  The world’s fastest drivers return for this annual event to race on one of the fastest tracks on the INDYCAR circuit. The world’s speed record for the fastest lap of over 241 miles an hour was set here in 2000 and has yet to be broken.

Track Fun Facts
  • Auto Club Speedway is the largest sports venue in Southern California at 565 acres.
  • The track is 2 miles long and a D-shaped oval.
  • Turns have 14-degree banks on turns 1-2 and 3-4.
  • The start/finish line is 1,121.27 feet above sea level.

Race Schedule:

Friday, June 26, 2015
  • 7:00am: Parking lots open
  • 9:00am: Infield viewing area opens to ticket holders*
  • 9:00am-10:00am: Verizon INDYCAR Series Practice
  • 10:40am-11:00am: Victory Lane Historic Champ/INDYCAR Showcase
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm: Verizon INDYCAR Series Practice
  • 1:45pm-2:05pm: Victory Lane Historic Champ/INDYCAR Showcase
  • 4:15pm-5:30pm: Verizon INDYCAR Series Qualifying
  • 5:45pm-6:05pm: Victory Lane Historic Champ/INDYCAR Showcase

Saturday, June 27, 2015
  • 7:00am: Parking lots open
  • 9:00am: O’Reilly Fan Zone gates open to ticket holders*
  • 9:00am-9:20am: Victory Lane Historic Champ/INDYCAR Showcase
  • 10:00am: 11:00am: All-Driver INDYCAR Autograph Session – INDYCAR Fan Village
  • 11:00am: Driver Story Time – Lefty’s Fun Zone
  • 11:00am: Tony Kanaan Walk of Fame Ceremony – Location TBD
  • 11:45am-12:05pm: Victory Lane Historic Champ/INDYCAR Showcase
  • 12:45pm: INDYCAR Driver Intros
  • 1:30pm: MAVTV 500 INDYCAR Race (250 laps)

*Entrance gates open to Hard Card Holders one hour earlier. You must have your Hard Card to gain early entrance.

Ticket prices start at $35.

  • Savings Tips: AAA Members SAVE $10 off any MAVTV 500 Reserved Ticket and $5 off any ticket to INDYCAR Qualifying on Friday, June 26, 2015. (Offers only available to AAA Members and are subject to availability and change without notice.) Children 12 and under are admitted FREE with a FREE Lefty’s Kids Club Membership. There are also Dads and Grads ticket packages available as well.

Here are some fan food items created by Americrown Executive Chef Leilani Contemprato that are a must to try:

Frytown Loaded Fries are topped with sloppy joe sauce, cheese sauce, sour cream, and green onions. The sloppy joe sauce is on the sweeter side. The cheese sauce and sour cream add a creamy consistency with subtle flavor. The green onions are refreshing. The waffle fries are an excellent vehicle to catch the sauce and all its glory. Rating: 4.3/5

Hot Lap Burger starts with a handmade patty made of ground beef, chorizo, bacon, and jalapeno. It’s a meaty juicy burger with a spicy kick. The fresh lettuce and tomato refresh the palate and make you hungry for more heat! Rating: 5/5

Before the race starts on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 11:00am, wineries owned by INDYCAR race car drivers including Mario Andretti will participate in the first Southern California Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy Artisan Cheese. The Pit Road Terrace Suites will be the home of the festival where Andretti Winery  and other California wineries will be offering tasting and also pairing their wines with gourmet cheeses and appetizers.

Here are some Yancey’s Fancy Cheese varieties that you will be able to try: Double Cream Cheddar, Naturally Wood Smoked Applewood & Hickory Double Cream Cheddar, Chastinet,
Wicked River, Chipotle & Habanero Cheddar, Cheddar Cheese Curds, Horseradish Cheddar, XXX-Sharp Cheddar, Finger Lakes Champagne Cheddar, and more.

The ticket price is $150 per person which includes 10 different tastes, two full glasses of wine, a souvenir wine glass, a variety of cheese tastings from Yancey’s Fancy Artisan Cheese, and appetizers. Guests can also add four additional tastings for $20.

Don’t miss out on the inaugural Southern California Wine Festival event while watching INDYCARs whizzing by you at 200+ miles per hour.

To see more photos, please visit OC Food Diva's Facebook page.

For more information:
9300 Cherry Ave
Fontana, CA 92335
Parking: FREE (All vehicles must be removed from parking lots at 12am, otherwise they will be towed.)


  1. Oh wow! That’s wonderful! I just love this kind of wine festivals and never miss attending these festivals. Last month my neighbor organized an astounding wine party in his courtyard and that place looked far better than that costly event spaces. Must say, he decorated it quite nicely.

  2. Hi Drew! Thanks for reading the article. There are so many food & wine festivals here in SoCal. It's just amazing!

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