UPDATE: Plans by NASCAR to redesign Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Ca. are in possession of the Planning Commission of San Bernardino County for Land Use Services, which will now determine whether conversion of the two-mile oval into a half-mile short track must go before the public for an approval hearing – and the answer, so far, is that it may not.
“The heart of the proposal is to reconfigure the current two-mile relatively flat oval into a high-banked half-mile oval,” said David Wert, public information officer for San Bernardino County, told Kickin’ the Tires in a phone interview Tuesday. “We don’t know yet, whether, or not, this will require any type of public review, any action by our planning commission or our board of supervisors. From what NASCAR told our planning people initially, it doesn’t sound like it will require that it is a dramatic enough change in the use of the land to require any type of public hearings or actions by a public body.”
Wert said the change would definitely be a major alteration for the track itself but not necessarily for the land’s usage. “It would be a dramatically different track than it is now, for sure,” he said.
— Kickin the Tires —