Rosarito Beach Is Key Sponsor of 2-Day

Published 25 June 08 09:32 AM

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA--- As part of the outreach effort of Rosarito, this quaint seaside community just thirty miles south of downtown San Diego is for the first time sponsoring a major racing event in Southern California.

The Golden State Classic will be held at the famous Auto Club Speedway (formerly the California Speedway) in Fontana , California this coming July 12 and 13.  

"We have a long history of great relations with the U.S. and its residents, and a strong Sister Cities program with Glendale and Huntington Park ," said Rosarito Beach Mayor Hugo Torres. "We're always enthusiastic about bi-national cooperation and events."

Rosarito has more than one million visitors annually and over 14,000 expatriates, most from the U.S. ,  living here. Under the leadership of Mayor Torres, the city this year started a special Tourist Police Force and ombudsman’s office to make visitors feel more welcome and provide them with special attention.

 “This event is very important for our city, as it will allow us to promote Rosarito with this target market,” said Laura Wong, president of the Rosarito Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

“It is the beginning of a relationship that will lead us into several activities between VARA and us, including a vintage car show in this fall and maybe  races in our town in the future,”  she added.

The Golden State Classic is being produced through VARA, the Vintage Auto Racing Association and promises to be an exciting weekend of racing entertainment and action.

The event will feature the one hour Open Wheel Enduro for formula race cars followed by American stock cars, the Pro Truck series and of course VARA’s entire regular vintage race classes. There will be a large variety of cars racing and they will all combine to create the fun and excitement race fans would expect for a top-notch racing weekend.

Rosarito will be represented by two cars branded “Team Rosarito” by owner/driver Efrain Olivares. The public is invited and there is free parking. For more information go to or call 800-280-VARA (8272).

Media Contact:    Ron Raposa





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