Los Angeles Times
NASCAR to open 2022 season at the Coliseum
The Feb. 6 exhibition race — the Clash — will feature some of the sport’s top drivers.
In a long-standing break with tradition, NASCAR will not have the first event of its 2022 season in Daytona Beach, Fla., but instead in Southern California. In an even bigger break with protocol, it won’t be at a traditional racing facility but inside the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
NASCAR announced Tuesday that the Clash, an exhibition of top drivers, will be held on a temporary, quarter-mile asphalt track inside the Coliseum on Feb. 6, two weeks before the Daytona 500. The last time the first event of the year was not at Daytona International Speedway was in 1981, when it was at the road course at Riverside International Raceway, which was closed in 1989.
Details of how the race will be run are still being worked out, but the event, which will have races over two days, is set.
“It’s a one-of-a-kind event,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s senior vice president of strategy and innovation. “We’ve never done anything like this before in our sports history and can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.”
It might be held more than once as the deal between NASCAR and the Coliseum is for one year with two one-year options.
The Clash, which in the past has boasted a purse of