Where: 2-mile D-shaped oval at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
When: Television coverage starts at 2:30 p.m.; race starts at 3
Broadcast: TelevisionFox-Ch. 54; RadioMotor Racing Network
Distance: 250 laps
2001 winner: Rusty Wallace
Note: Posted awards are $4,419,924
... California is a carbon copy of Michigan International Speedway ... The raceway is wide and smooth, allowing for two- and three-wide racing ... Because the race is 500 miles long and is run at very high speeds more than 190 mph on the straightaways aerodynamics and engine reliability become issues.
Other races: SaturdayAuto Club 300 (NASCAR Busch Series) at California Speedway (4 p.m., Fox-Ch.54); Bridgestone Potenza 500 (CART) at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan (11:30 p.m. Friday, Speed Channel); SundayKentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 (ARCA Re/Max Series) at Salem (Ind.) Speedway; Spanish Grand Prix (Formula One) at Barcelona, Spain
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