Motorcycle Racing at Costa Mesa Speedway
Ticket and Pricing Info
If you've never been to a speedway motorcycle
race you may be missing out on one of motor sports
most exciting, unpredictable, and action packed
events. Motorcycle and racing enthusiast in southern
California have been flocking to this summer time
event since 1969 and it may very well be Orange
County's best kept secret.
What Can I expect?
Be prepared for an exciting and action packed
time. Along with the energy-charged crowd, the
air is filled with excitement, bikes revving in
the background as the announcer calls out the
colorful riders names like Bobby "Boogaloo"
Schwartz and Shawn "Mad Dog" McConnell.
You can also pick up a program that helps you
follow along and keep track of each rider, the
events and how they scored. You make an early
run for a snack and a drink, find a nice vantage
point and get ready to soak it all in. Our warm
southern California evenings make it the perfect
night out event. Sunsets give way to fast and
furious racing enjoyed by exuberant, friendly
and fun loving fans. The racing is quick paced
so there's never a dull moment. Also on any given
night there are added attractions such as freestyle
motocross jumpers, sidecars, chopper races and
other fun stuff along with the speedway racing.
Check the race schedule for specific events. There
are also restroom facility's, staff, and security
to assist you. You can expect to enjoy a full
evenings worth of fun.
is the seating like?
One of the things that makes Costa Mesa Speedway
so fantastic is how close and connected the fans
are to the racing. Its open seating in four main
grand stands with not a bad seat in the house.
Box seats and reserved main arena seating is available
for season ticket holders. You can get close enough
to catch a cup full of dirt or far enough away
to see the entire track in a single view without
Reserved Season Tickets
Speedway kid friendly?
Yes, yes, and yes. The kids love speedway and
speedway loves kids. The bikes are loud, the dirt
fly's and the riders are colorful and friendly
characters that love to entertain. Each nights
racing begins with a riders parade that offers
fans young and old to meet their favorite riders,
take a picture or even get an autograph. There's
also lots of goodies to munch on during the evening.
Fans are also welcome in the pits after most evenings
event to meet their favorite riders and see the
bikes and gear up close.
there food and refreshments?
Yes. The Orange County Fair
and Event Center provides concessions right along
side the racing. Including a full line of menu
items from hot dogs and hamburgers to sandwiches,
corn dogs, and other freshly made snacks like
kettle corn, hot nuts and cotton candy. Soda's,
beer and even gourmet coffees are available. There
is also a sit down restaurant right inside the
racing venue, "Baja Blues", where you
can order food and drinks and enjoy your meal
at both indoor and outdoor patio tables. Adults
can enjoy mixed drinks, bottled beer and beer
is the racing like?
Fast and furious. The racing is in an oval and
they typically contain 4 to 6 riders usually elbow
to elbow on the starts and in the corners which
makes for some very competitive and exciting moments
not to mention crash's. The races are held in
"scratch" and "handicap" format
which allows for more closely matched heats. The
bikes are very specialized and run on methanol
going from 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds and surprisingly
with no brakes. Short 4 and 5 lap heats, one after
another building up to a mind blowing main event
that pits the best against each other for an all
or nothing blow-out heat. Riders are classified
by points and experience from beginner
as well as
junior riders. Exciting is the best way to
some race videos
we meet the riders?
You bet. There are several opportunities to meet
the riders. The evening typically starts of with
a rider roll call and parade where kids and fans
alike get to sit up on the railing and great their
favorite riders as they all pass by. Some seasons
we host a"featured rider" autograph
session which takes place early in the evening
with the rider signing autographs and programs.
Fans can also connect after the races in the pits
getting up close and personal with riders, bikes,
crew and gear.
Yes. Costa Mesa Speedway is proud of it's heritage
and legacy here in southern California and no
night would be complete without a souvenir logo
t-shirt, hat or sticker and on those rare cool
evenings, a cozy logo sweatshirt. Look for other
specialty items at the souvenir stand at your
a look in the online store
are the motorcycles like?
Fast! The bikes are small and lightweight but
with a mind blowing 500cc power plant. They run
on methanol alcohol with custom sprockets and
tires geared for that nights track dirt. It's
really an art form. The riders pitch the bikes
sideways in the corners, turning the wheel to
the right while going around a left hand turn.
Riders maintain balance by sliding the left foot
with a steel plate boot using body placement and
throttle control to a free wheeling rear tire
to steer and maintain power. Many of the riders
maintain and work on their own bikes.
out more about Rules - Tracks, Bikes, Races, Scoring
if I or my kids want to learn to ride?
The great thing about speedway is that it is very
much a family sport and there is no shortage of
folks wanting to help a new rider get started.
Costa Mesa Speedway hosts 2 to 3 classroom and
hands-on lessons each season. Called the "School
of Skid", new riders and not-so-new riders
can sign up to learn proper riding techniques,
safety and equipment from a pro in a safe and
out more about "School of Skid"
there other attractions to see other than speedway?
Yes. On any given night there may be freestyle
motocross jumpers, side cars, demolition derby's,
Harley and chopper races and other fun stuff.
Also during the season are several high profile
races such as the Warren Russell Cup, the Fair
Derby, and the grand daddy of them all the United
States National Speedway Championship when American
riders from all over the globe get together to
compete for the biggest night of the year. You'll
want to stay informed by checking the season schedule
or signing up for the free email newsletter that
will keep you up to date with race schedules,
special Promotions, previous weeks winners, latest
web site updates, latest Speedway News and much
up on the home page.
chopper exhibition races
Freestyle Motocross Jumpers
2008 National Championship
So come on out, bring the
family and friends and get ready for a fun and
ax citing time. Most people that experience speedway
fall in love with it and are fans forever. That's
why we've been here for over 40 consecutive years
as the nations longest running weekly motorcycle
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