The newly named Pespi Max 400 will be the fourth race in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs. Since the track was the site of two Cup races in 2003, both races were 500 miles. The Auto Club 500 in February will remain a 500-mile race.
“As fans well know, conversations with NASCAR in regard to making Auto Club Speedway the most competitive track possible for NASCAR racing have been on-going,” said Speedway President Gillian Zucker. “The results of some changes made by NASCAR such as double-file restarts and tire changes were seen at our inaugural CHASE race, arguably one of the best races ever at the Speedway. This additional rules change to 400 miles is further evidence of NASCAR’s commitment to racing excitement and to Southern California race fans.”
The Auto Club 500 at Fontana is scheduled for Feb. 21, the second race of the Sprint Cup Series season. The Pepsi Max 400 is scheduled for Oct. 10.
Photo: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevrolet, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pepsi 500 at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday in Fontana, Calif. The Chase race at Fontana will be 400 miles in 2010. (Credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images for NASCAR)