RACE LAYOUT

PRACTICE/QUALIFYING | HEAT RACES | LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER | THE CLASH


The Cup Series’ third annual trip to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum culminates in a 150-lap exhibition feature on Feb. 4 with 23 drivers set to bang fenders in the battle for preseason glory, all atop a 0.25-mile short asphalt oval located in the same arena that has hosted Super Bowls, World Series games and the Olympics.

On-track festivities for the non-points event begin with three practice sessions on Saturday, with up to 40 entrants split into three groups. Each competitor’s fastest lap time from their final practice session will determine the starting lineup for the four heat races, the first significant alteration of this event’s format after prior years featured single-round, single-car qualifying to set heat lineups.

Saturday’s four 25-lap heat races will have up to 10 drivers per heat. The fastest practice time in the final sessions earns pole position in Heat 1, second-fastest on pole for Heat 2, third-fastest on pole for Heat 3 and fourth-fastest in practice on pole for Heat 4, and so on. Only green-flag laps will count in each of the heat races, with no overtime allotment.

The top five finishers in each heat will automatically advance to Sunday night’s main event, while the drivers who finish below fifth in each heat will advance to Sunday afternoon’s 75-lap Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). Starting position for the LCQ will be determined by finishing order from the heat races. The top two finishers in the LCQ will advance to the Clash and start 21st and 22nd, respectively. Like the heat races, only green-flag laps will count with no overtime.

The 23rd and final position in the grid for the Clash is reserved for the driver who finished highest in the 2023 season points standings and did not transfer via the heat races or LCQ. Ryan Blaney, the defending NASCAR Cup Series champion, is locked into the main event.

That sets the stage for the 2024 rendition, scheduled for 150 laps under the lights in the heart of Los Angeles (8 p.m. ET, Feb. 4 on FOX, MRN, SiriusXM).

From: NASCAR Staff Report


WHO'S RACING

TRACK BIOGRAPHY

Home to Olympic champions, baseball and football greats, and a World Cup, the famous LA Memorial Coliseum felt the thunder of NASCAR for the first time ever in 2022. A radical new idea, NASCAR created a .25 mile short track inside the famous sports facility outside of downtown Los Angeles.

Starting in 2022, NASCAR moved the season kickoff event, the Busch Light Clash moved from the traditional Daytona International Speedway to this all new track inside the LA Coliseum. An all new format was created as well, with single car qualifying, and short “heat” races to set the starting lineup for the race.

At just .25 miles in length this is the shortest track on the NASCAR circuit, and one of the most unique ones. Tight corners with little to no banking force the drivers to navigate the close quarters carefully, and find themselves battling others cars often.

Location:
Los Angeles, CA

Founded:
2022

Spectator Capacity:
78,467

Surface:
Asphalt
 
Length:
0.25 mi

Turns:
4

Major Events:
The Clash

WORD OF THE WEEK

Each week here we will share a racing term or phrase in English and in Spanish to help you prepare for the NASCAR Mexico series. 


NEXT GEN / NEXT GEN


This refers to the new car that the NASCAR Cup Series will field beginning in the 2022 season. 

Se refiere al nuevo auto que la NASCAR Cup Series utiliza a partir de la temporada 2022. 

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

You can find previous weeks' Word of the Week below in the Glossary of Terms section.

A

AIRE SUCIO - Término aerodinámico para referirse a las corrientes de aire turbulento provocadas por los coches que circulan a gran velocidad y que pueden hacer que un auto específico pierda el control o tenga dificultades para adelantar.

B

BANDERA ARMARILLA - Lleva la carrera a un ritmo más lento e indica un período de precaución en la pista debido a un choque o escombros que impedirían que la carrera continúe en condiciones de máxima velocidad. Cuando ondea la bandera, el auto de seguridad entra en la pista y controla a los autos detrás de él.

BARRERAS SAFER - El sistema de barrera de reducción de energía de acero y espuma (SAFER, por sus siglas en inglés) es un muro de absorción de impactos formado por tubos de acero soldados recubiertos de espuma. La mayoría de las pistas en las que compiten las series nacionales de la NASCAR cuentan con barreras SAFER que recubren los muros de contención como medida de seguridad, diseñadas para reducir la energía de los choques.    

C

CARGA AERODÍNAMICA - Combinación de fuerzas aerodinámicas y centrífugas que ayudan a "plantar" un coche de carreras en el suelo. Cuanta más carga aerodinámica, más agarre tiene el coche. Pero más carga aerodinámica también significa más resistencia, lo que puede restar velocidad a un auto de carreras. 

CARRIL DE PITS - Donde los equipos realizan el servicio de los autos de carreras. Aquí es donde los equipos realizan ajustes en el auto, paradas para recargar combustible, cambios de neumáticos y reparan daños en los automóviles de carreras.  

CHOOSE RULE - Refers to the rule where drivers can choose their lane following a pit stop under yellow, or prior to all restarts. Drivers may choose the inside lane or outside lane before the designated “V”-shaped painted mark on the racing surface.

D

DIRTY AIR - Aerodynamic term for the turbulent air currents caused by fast-moving cars that can cause a particular car to lose control or find difficulty in passing. 

DOWNFORCE - A combination of aerodynamic and centrifugal forces that help “plant” a race car to the ground. The more downforce, the more grip a car has. But more downforce also means more drag, which can rob a race car of speed. 

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G

GROOVE - Slang term for the best route around the race track; the most efficient or quickest way around the track for a particular driver. The “high groove” takes a car closer to the outside wall for most of a lap, while the “low groove” takes a car closer to the apron than the outside wall. Road racers use the term “line.” Drivers search for a fast groove, and that has been known to change depending on track and weather conditions.

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L

LINEA IDEAL - Término de argot para la mejor ruta alrededor de la pista de carreras; la forma más eficiente o rápida alrededor de la pista para un piloto en particular. La "línea alta" lleva al coche más cerca del muro exterior durante la mayor parte de la vuelta, mientras que la "línea baja" lleva al auto más cerca de la plataforma que del muro exterior. Los pilotos de ruta usan el término "línea". Los pilotos buscan un carril rápido, que puede cambiar en función de las condiciones meteorológicas y de la pista. 

LOOSE - Also known as “oversteer.” When the rear tires of the car have trouble sticking in the corners. This causes the car to “fishtail” as the rear end swings outward during turns. A minor amount of this effect can be desirable on certain tracks.  

P

PIT ROAD - Where teams service the race cars. This is where teams make adjustments on the car, fuel stops, tire changes and fix damage to the race cars.  

POLE POSITION - Refers to the driver who will be starting first in the race. The drivers starting first and second make up the front row.

POLE POSITION - Se refiere al piloto que partirá primero en la carrera. Los pilotos que salen primero y segundo forman la primera fila.

Q

 

R

REGLA DE SELECCIÓN - Se refiere a la regla por la que los pilotos pueden elegir su carril preferido después de una bandera amarilla y antes de los rearranques. Los pilotos pueden elegir el carril interior o el exterior antes de la marca pintada en forma de "V" designada en la superficie de la pista.

S

SAFER BARRIER - The Steel and Foam Energy Reduction barrier system — SAFER, for short — is an impact-absorbing wall of welded steel tubing backed by foam. The majority of tracks where NASCAR national series compete have SAFER barriers lining the retaining walls as a safety measure, designed to reduce the energy of crashes.  

SUELTO - También conocido como "sobreviraje". Cuando los neumáticos traseros del coche tienen problemas para adherirse en las curvas. Esto hace que el auto haga "cola de pez " como la parte trasera se balancea hacia el exterior durante las curvas. Una pequeña parte de este efecto puede ser deseable en ciertas pistas.

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Y

YELLOW FLAG  - Brings the race to a slowed pace and indicates a caution period on-track due to a crash or debris that would impede the race from continuing under full-speed conditions. When the flag waves, the pace car enters the track and controls the field behind it.

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