There are a number of interesting locations that, at first, second, and even fifteenth glance, seem as though they may forever be off-limits to us, if we don't arrive with the right skills or training.
Diving a deep ocean trench qualifies here, as does pitching in a major stadium. As for driving an automobile around a celebrated oval, the kind of track that regularly sees amazing speeds and top-notch racecar drivers?
That's another such "it'll never happen" place in many minds. Big sigh.
But at the Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, being able to access a storied location actually does happen for many fans, and it comes with a beautiful purpose: Supporting "... a program that encourages reading excellence from Southern California elementary school children..." as well helping school libraries with grants.
But that's not the only thing vrooming at the Auto Club Speedway: People, as in fans and drivers who don't usually participate in auto races, will be out driving their own cars on the 2-mile oval.
How to join? Make a $15 donation, then keep an eye on the Official Toyota Camry Pace Car, which will keep everyone's roll steady and not overly speedy. If you show with a kid's book to donate — it should be new or only lightly loved — you'll receive a discount on that lap fee.
You won't go too fast in your car, which is understandable, but if you do want to experience some velocity, pay $20 and hop into the pace car for a ride that'll zoom up to 100 miles per hour.
Food-purchasing spots and family-oriented activities fill out the afternoon-to-evening party. The hours? It all happens from 4 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 24.
Lefty, of course, is the headlights-sporting mascot of the Auto Club Speedway Kids Club.
Will you be lucky enough to have a Lefty sighting after you take your wheels for a spin on the track? Keep those peepers peeled and be ready to find the Fontana-fun celebrity.