The start times for most of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races will be uniform starting in 2010.
Twenty-one of the Cup races, including the Daytona 500, will start at 1 p.m. Eastern time, 10 a.m. Pacific. Twenty-eight races will start earlier than they did in 2010.
The other races will either start at 3 p.m. Eastern, noon Pacific, or 7:30 p.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. Pacific.
Brian France, the Chairman and CEO of NASCAR, said during a teleconference on Wednesday that part of the reason to change the start times was to preserve some of the traditions at race tracks throughout the country.
“NASCAR fans have been asking for earlier and more consistent start times, and we are making this change for our fans, beginning with the Daytona 500 next February," France said. “We are revisiting our sport’s tradition of earlier green flags, and the added consistency will make it easier for fans to know exactly when the races are being televised. Additionally, the new start times will help track operators get fans in and out of the track earlier in the evening. Many fans heading home from the race earlier will be able to eliminate the costs of an extra travel day.”
Both races at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana will start at noon Pacific time. The first race is Feb. 21 and the second race is Oct. 10.