About Costa Mesa Speedway

Bookmark and Share

Speedway 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.

What 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 feeling disconnected.
Purchase Reserved Season Tickets

Is 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.



Is 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 on tap.


What 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 to pro as well as junior riders. Exciting is the best way to describe it.
Watch some race videos

Can 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.
Rider Photos



Are there souvenirs?
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 next visit.
Take a look in the online store



What 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.
Find out more about Rules - Tracks, Bikes, Races, Scoring


What 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 enclosed environment.
Find out more about "School of Skid"



Are 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 much more!
Sign up on the home page.


Harley and 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 event.

We look forward to seeing you
Costa Mesa Speedway

Google Map/ Directions
Fairgrounds Map


Terry "Ike" Clanton

Announcer Assistant
Miranda Oxley

Pacific Ambulance

Associated Editors
Ryan Evans
Elaine Jones

Infield Stewards
Tyler Kegler
Jack Straw
Tom Fox
Evan Yoder
Ian Young

Line Marshall
John Creith

Pit gate Coordinator
Lynn E. Bennink

Pit Stewards
Gary Hicks Sr.
Ryan Evans

Mike Phipps
MSD-Photography & Videography

350MPH Photography

JT (Jim Thorn) -
Back it in photos

Program Printing
Dennis Fink Printing Inc.

Brad & Jaleen Oxley
International Speedway Inc.
P.O. Box 3334 San Clemente, CA 92674-3334
(949) 492-9933

Bryan Galvin

Phil Boronow

Jean Fink
Sandra Hicks

T-Shirt Sales
Melissa Ciedeburg

Vicki Filtz
Jonnel Barrett
Judy Loveland
Krysta Branson
Kaley Barrett

Track Electrician
Bruce Hedrick

Track Staff
John Creith
Lynn E. Bennink
Jim Brokaw

Mark Williams


International Speedway, Inc. | P.O. Box 3334 San Clemente CA 92674 | (949) 492-9933 - Fax (949) 492-2547