NASCAR has announced that the Clash—NASCAR’s prelude event to the Daytona 500—will take place at the iconic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on February 6, 2022. The event will be the first NASCAR race held inside the iconic Los Angeles stadium since it opened in 1923.
The Clash at the Coliseum is positioned as a signature event part of the venue’s centennial celebration. It marks the first time NASCAR’s prelude to the Daytona 500 will occur somewhere other than Daytona since it was created in 1979, which will host the regular-season opener two weeks later.
“Los Angeles is synonymous with major sports and entertainment events, so we seized an innovative opportunity to showcase NASCAR at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum,” said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR senior vice president of strategy and innovation. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to take center stage in this market as we get our 2022 season underway.”
The traditional Coliseum playing surface will be converted into a quarter-mile, asphalt short track creating a brand-new action-packed event to kick off the season. Drivers will compete for the first time in the new Next Gen cars.
The Clash at the Coliseum will be the first of two visits to Southern California, as NASCAR’s premier series will also visit Auto Club Speedway in 2022.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit nascar.com/lacoliseum.