Ontario 769

Ontario

Built near Los Angeles in 1970 at a reported cost of $25.

Country
United States
Location
Ontario, California
Co-ordinates
34.074421, -117.580987
Latest Race
First Race

Built near Los Angeles in 1970 at a reported cost of $25.5 million, it is ironic that Ontario Motor Speedway should close due to lack of funding. Originally given council approval in March 1966, the project was delayed when its original backers, a Culver City film production company, withdrew. The inaugural event on September 6 1970 was the Formula 1 versus F5000 Questor Grand Prix, won by Mario Andretti’s Ferrari on the road course. A full F1 World Championship race was scheduled in 1972 but was subsequently cancelled. After that, racing at Ontario was concentrated on the Superspeedway, whose nine degree turns made it quicker than Indianapolis. The California 500 was part of the USAC National Championship and subsequent Champ Car World Series for the decade Ontario remained in operation, and a capacity crowd of 180,000 watched the first full 500-mile IndyCar race held outside Indiana. It was acquired by the Chevron Land and Development Company and officially closed on December 16 1980.

Road Course

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Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.9 (Miles)

Type

Permanent road course

Length

3.194 (Miles)

Fastest Race Lap

Pedro Rodriguez (BRM P160), 1m42.777, 111.852 mph, F1, 1971

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Jackie Stewart (Tyrrell 001-Ford), 1m41.257, 113.557 mph, F1, 1971

Oval

1970 - 1981

Type

Paved oval

Length

2.5 (Miles)

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Rick Mears (Penske PC7-Cosworth), 44.325s, 203.046 mph, Champ Cars, 1979

Latest Races

3,181

Championships

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15,740

Results

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16,174

Drivers

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9,500

Teams

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866

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