Ontario Motor Speedway
The City of Ontario sold the track land to Chevron Oil Company for $10 million and then spend $3 million
to raze the property. So, the track is no more. Completely demolished. All that remains of the
structure is part of the grandstands the other day, but that's all there is.
Very sad really, it was state of the art. Typical governmental types. They just didn't have a profit
incentive to keep it booked up and to make it pay for itself. The city taxpayers took a huge loss on
the whole project. Perhaps several hundred million dollars. They mayor and city council don't care
however, not their paychecks.
Thanks to Gabriel Field for this information
Built at a reported cost of $25.5 million in 1970 40 miles east of Los Angeles, it held
Indycar races between 1970 and 1980, and an F1/F5000 challenge in 1971 (won
by Mario Andretti in a Ferrari 312B). The F1 race used the 3.194 mile
GP circuit, but the 2.5 mile Oval was used for Indycars. As the California
500, it held the first 500 mile Indycar race outside of Indiana. The track
closed in 1981 due to a lack of finance.
Lap Record (GP): Jackie Stewart (Tyrrell 001-Ford), 1m41.227, 113.590mph, 1971
Lap Record (Oval): Rick Mears (Penske PC7-Chevrolet), 44.325s, 203.046mph, 1979