NASCAR Taking 2022 Cup Series Clash To The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 


(Press Release from NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications)

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Photo: Courtesy NASCAR)

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, one of the most storied venues in all of sports and entertainment, will add a new event to its long and decorated list: The Clash at the Coliseum.

This season-opening exhibition will take place on Feb. 6, 2022 and become the first NASCAR race held inside the iconic Los Angeles stadium since it opened in 1923.  The Clash at the Coliseum will be a signature event as a part of the venue’s centennial celebration and mark the first time NASCAR’s prelude to the DAYTONA 500 will take place somewhere other than Daytona International Speedway, an icon in its own right that will host the regular-season opener two weeks later.

“Los Angeles is synonymous with major sports 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’re thrilled to have the opportunity to take center stage in this market as we get our 2022 season underway.”

The traditional Coliseum playing surface will be converted into a quarter-mile, asphalt short track creating a brand-new action-packed event to kick off the season. Drivers will compete for the first time in the new Next Gen cars.

The Clash at the Coliseum will be the first of two visits to Southern California, as NASCAR’s premier series will also visit Auto Club Speedway in 2022.

Tickets for the Feb. 6 NASCAR Clash at the Coliseum will go on-sale beginning Thursday, Sept. 16th at 1 p.m. ET.  Tickets start at $65 for adults and kids 12 & under starting as low as $10.  The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum offers a variety of seating options from lower to upper bowl, midfield start/finish line seats to premium club seats with access to the exclusive Lou Galen Club Lounge.  Premium Club seats will go on-sale starting Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. ET following a special pre-sale to current Club Members.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com. For more information visit nascar.com/lacoliseum.

The remainder of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, as well as schedules for the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, will be announced later.

Tune in this Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET as the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs continue at Bristol Motor Speedway, an elimination race that will determine who moves on to the Round of 12. All the action from Bristol will be live on NBCSN, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

iRacing simulation screen grab of Cup Series at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Image: Courtesy NASCAR)

Comments

  1. Bill Realist says

    Are there a lot of fans in LA? Start it at 9pm pacific for all the real fans that have been forgotten

  2. this race belongs on the high banks of daytona,and if they are going to race in a stadium the only place it shoud be is at bowman gray.

  3. Another NASCAR money grab. STOOOOPID

  4. I don’t get it but then again didn’t get it when they trucked in all that dirt to Bristol and converted a perfectly fine asphalt track to dirt when there were perfectly good dirt tracks they could have held their dirt race at. In the end it was popular and drew a good audience.
    It’s been done before at Soldier Field in Chicago in 1956 and that worked out OK.
    Maybe it’s a good idea to shake down the Next Gen cars that are remarkably different in every way and do it away from the core region of support.
    We’ll complain, nitpick, mock it and criticize NASCAR for yet another hair brained, outside the box idea then we’ll all make a point to watch it.

  5. Well, I may not be sure of the market, and hauling for this event where most teams are based on the east coast. But, glass half full, maybe they are getting back to the roots of short track racing?
    Err, second thought, probably not……

  6. I remember when NASCAR ran the Modifieds on a quarter-mile ‘track’ at Daytona. It was a dumpster fire.

    It did get Mike Stefanik a lot of attention, though. But it was more, ‘Wow, lookit how pissed off this crazy redneck race are driver is!’ as opposed to, ‘Wow, lookit how cool/interesting this racing is!’

    Jeff Gluck was on Twitter bashing people for complaining that NASCAR was trying something different. I beg to differ. Change by itself isn’t necessarily good. Change needs to be smart.

    All this is going to do is tear up a bunch of cars. So, that tells me NASCAR doesn’t believe it’s racing product attract viewers; NASCAR believes wrecks attract viewers.

  7. Since Nascar loves sending the modifieds well outside their geographic comfort zone can we expect a tour race announced as an undercard in the near future? Lets expand the Modified tour audience. The CA market is huge. We will make mod fans out of those California surfers. Nothing will blow a tour teams budget quicker than back to back races in CA and FL to start of the season. Nascar dont get any ideas from this post please. Although it would be great to see the Modifieds upstage the cuppers in the debut of their new car….nah.

  8. A 1/4 mile track with cars that have never been raced before on a track that has never been raced on before? What could possibly go wrong?

  9. but it will be must see viewing. Brand new cars lets test their durability right out the box on a makeshift quarter mile track inside a football stadium. Someone refresh my memory isnt this race just for pole winners and race winners from the year before. Didnt they ditch qualifying for most of the races this season, then you have maybe 13 to 15 winners on the season. Not many cars are going to be eligible for this show. I dont follow cup that closely so perhaps everyone is now racing the clash but pretty sure this was designed as a limited field race for drovers wjho had some accomplishments from the prior year. I cant see a car count in the teens filling a 90,000 seat stadium at 65 per adult even with the added attraction of Modifieds on the undercard.

  10. Bill Realist says

    Even the promotional i racing clip showed the stands half full.

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