LA Memorial Coliseum Hosting Busch Light Clash, NASCAR Mexico Series Event in 2024
The Busch Light Clash will take place on February 4th, 2024 at the LA Memorial Coliseum, but for the first time ever will have a companion event: The NASCAR Mexico Series.
The LA Memorial Coliseum, one of the most iconic venues in all of sports, is confirmed to once again kick off the NASCAR Cup Series season, with the running of the 2024 Busch Light Clash on February 4th, 2024.
Located in Los Angeles, California, the venue has hosted several incredibly star-studded events including Super Bowl I (1967), Super Bowl VII (1973), as well as the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics. The Coliseum will also host the 2028 Summer Olympics, making it the first stadium to host events for three different Olympic games.
In 2022, NASCAR visited the Coliseum for the first time, racing on a purpose-built quarter-mile facility on the inside of the stadium. Joey Logano won the inaugural Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum, with Martin Truex, Jr. unofficially ending a long winless streak at the event in 2023.
For the event’s third running, NASCAR is changing things up just a bit, with the addition of the NASCAR Mexico Series to the weekend’s lineup, with an event that will precede the exhibition event for the stars of the NASCAR Cup Series.
“This is a tremendous win for our fans and our sport,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR’s Senior Vice President, Racing Development and Strategy. “Not only will the fans see the stars of the NASCAR Cup Series in action, but they will also bear witness to the talent and skill that is found within the NASCAR Mexico Series. I can’t think of a better way to begin our 2024 season.”
The NASCAR Mexico Series became NASCAR’s first international sanctioned series in 2007, three years after the initial seeds were planted in 2004. The series competes throughout nine major cities in Mexico, providing race fans with some of the most action-packed racing in the world.
Daniel Suarez, a winner in the NASCAR Cup Series, began his stock car racing career in the NASCAR Mexico Series in 2008, while other drivers like Max Gutierrez and Andres Perez de Lara have also driven in the series while working their way up the NASCAR ladder.
This is an incredible honor for the NASCAR Mexico Series and its drivers,” said Jimmy Morales, President and General Manager of the NASCAR Mexico Series. “The competition in our series is always intense, but I know our drivers will want nothing more than to become the first Mexican driver to win inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. This is going to be a race we will not soon forget.”
The full list of NASCAR Mexico Series drivers that will be competing at the LA Memorial Coliseum on February 4, will be announced at a later date, as will the full day’s schedule of racing and other entertainment activities. NASCAR on FOX will have coverage of the Busch Light Clash, while the NASCAR Mexico Series event will be broadcast on Fox Sports 3 in Mexico, and available pan-regionally on Claro Sports and the D Motors channel on DirecTV.
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