NASCAR moves the season opening show to LA Coliseum

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – NASCAR will open the 2022 season inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in one of the biggest upheavals on its calendar in years.

The annual Clash Exhibition, held at Daytona International Speedway since 1979, will move to Los Angeles next year. The invitation-only race has always been the kick-off for competitive NASCAR racing and was held the week before the season opening Daytona 500.

The 2022 race will take place on February 6, one week before the Super Bowl and two weeks before the Daytona 500. the race will take place inside the stadium on a temporary quarter-mile asphalt Track. The historic Colosseum is home to the University of Southern California football team and can seat 77,500 people.

The announcement made Tuesday night on Fox Sports precedes the publication of the full 2022 schedule.

“Los Angeles is synonymous with major sporting and entertainment events, so we seized an innovative opportunity to showcase NASCAR at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR senior vice president of strategy and innovation. . “We are delighted to have the opportunity to take center stage in this market as we enter our 2022 season.”

NASCAR has raced in stadiums before, including regional events at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem and a Cup race at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1956.

Eligibility for The Clash has not been announced, but the drivers will use the Next Gen cars set to debut in 2022.

Tickets for The Clash at Daytona have been on sale for months and the race was billed as the opening of six days of racing at Daytona. Tickets for “The Clash at the Coliseum” go on sale Thursday at $ 65 for adults and $ 10 for ages 12 and under.

NASCAR will return to the Los Angeles area after The Clash for its traditional stop at Auto Club Speedway. NASCAR did not race in Los Angeles in 2021 because of the pandemic.

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