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Legendary NBA Announcer and ‘Voice of the Clippers ’Takes Over the MIC For Auto Club 400 Driver Intros

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~ Hall of Famer Ralph Lawler once served as announcer at Riverside International Raceway ~

Fontana, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2019) – Broadcasting icon Ralph Lawler, who was the first voice of Riverside International Raceway and is now the voice of the LA Clippers, will add yet another milestone to his lengthy resume – serving as announcer for Driver Introductions at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 17.

Swapping his lineup card from the Clippers’ Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley to NASCAR stars Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr., Lawler steps in to help Auto Club Speedway celebrate  the foundation of motorsports today – short tracks including Riverside – as he brings his talents to take part in one of the race weekend highlights – announcing the starting field during pre-race festivities.

Lawler served as the announcer for Riverside International Raceway, the sprawling road course that occupied much of what is now the western edge of Moreno Valley Riverside, beginning in 1964.  In addition to racing, Lawler broadcast local sports, including three straight state championship seasons for Riverside City College teams.

It has been a long time between NASCAR races for me, but my broadcast roots were born announcing NASCAR races at the Riverside international Raceway,” said Lawler. “Richard Petty, David Pearson, Joe Weatherly, Ned Jarrett and Jr. Johnson would lead the field in two races a year around the winding 2.7 mile left and right turn road course. Those were 10 memorable years in my life in the 1960s, and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Auto Club 400.”

Lawler, who announced his plan to retire following the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, has captivated fans across the sports world, creating a legacy that will last far beyond his final season.  Known for his Lawler-isms such as ‘Bingo!’, ‘Oh Me, Oh My!’, and ‘The Lob! The Jam!’ his commitment to his craft has been recognized with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three Emmys, a Telly Award and inductions into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the California Sports Hall of Fame. He was named a recipient of the Naismith

Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award this season. Additionally, he has been honored with the Television Play-by-Play Award by the SCSB and the California Sportscaster of the Year honor by the National Sports Media Association. “The ‘Voice of the Clippers’ is one of the league’s longest tenured broadcasters.

His resume also includes broadcasting events as varied as A.B.A. and college basketball, golf, tennis, track & field, pro box lacrosse, auto racing, boxing and college football. Ralph is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and was inducted into his alma mater’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. He’s another in a long line of sportscasters who honed their craft in Peoria including Chick Hearn, Tom Kelly, Bob Starr, Bill King and Jack Brickhouse, among others.

To experience NASCAR and Lawler’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 Driver Introductions, call 1-800-944-RACE (7223), shop online www.autoclubspeedway.com, or stop by the Auto Club Speedway ticket office at 9300 Cherry Ave. in Fontana.  Tickets start at $45.00.  Ticket prices go up on March 3.

 

About Auto Club Speedway

Located 50 miles east of Los Angeles in Fontana, Auto Club Speedway is California’s premier motorsports facility, hosting over 320 days of track activity each year including the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 weekend – March 15-17, 2019. The two-mile D-shaped oval is one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit.  The Speedway is also home to numerous movie, television and commercial productions, photo shoots, new car testing, club racing and a variety of racing schools. For more information on events at Auto Club Speedway call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit www.autoclubspeedway.com

The Inland Empire Business Journal (IEBJ) is the official business news publication of Southern California’s Inland Empire region - covering San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.

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San Bernardino County joins Topgolf to open Ontario location

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There’s now one more reason why San Bernardino County is Southern California’s premier recreation and business destination.

International entertainment phenomenon Topgolf opened its first Southern California location in Ontario this morning in a deal with San Bernardino County that will create approximately 400 private-sector jobs, $625,000 in annual revenue to County Regional Parks, and an additional recreational opportunity for families and businesses throughout the county and the region.

“Topgolf will be an outstanding entertainment asset that will attract people from all over Southern California to San Bernardino County,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman said this morning as Topgolf Ontario opened its doors to the public.

Hagman, whose Fourth District includes the Topgolf site adjacent to Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, developed the idea to use 13.7 acres of County-owned land at the southeast corner of Fourth Street and Archibald Avenue as a golf attraction more than five years ago. That led the County’s Real Estate Services Department to make contact with Topgolf.

“We are honored to be joining the San Bernardino County community as we open the doors to our newest venue to entertain the Inland Empire,” said Topgolf Chief Executive Officer Artie Starrs. “We are very excited to welcome the community to a fun, energetic experience one can only get at Topgolf.”

What started as a simple idea to enhance the game of golf has evolved into a best-in-class hospitality entertainment venue centered on a game that is accessible and appealing to all, regardless of skill or ability. The Topgolf technology-driven experience is centered on guests hitting patented, microchipped golf balls into targets on a field.

The open-air, three-level venue features 102 climate-controlled outdoor hitting bays, chef-inspired signature menu items, top-shelf drinks, music, and year-round programming for all ages. The venue is equipped with an outdoor patio, rooftop terrace and private event space.

Topgolf has 75 venues in 31 U.S. states and international locations in Dubai, the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany.

“The Topgolf concept appeals to all ages, and everyone will benefit from the revenue that will be directed toward the betterment of the county’s Regional Parks system,” Hagman said.

Over the course of the initial 20-year ground lease between the County and Topgolf, the County will receive more than $625,000 in annual revenue, benefiting the San Bernardino County Regional Parks system, https://parks.sbcounty.gov/, which includes nine regional parks throughout the county and several other recreational attractions.

Those interested in joining the team at Topgolf can visit Topgolf’s career website.

For more information, including hours of operation and pricing, visit the Topgolf Ontario location page. 

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Mayweather Boxing and Fitness Announces Rancho Cucamonga Opening with Floyd Mayweather

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The first location to open in the Inland Empire and San Bernardino Area 

Mayweather Boxing and Fitness, a group fitness and boxing experience created by legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather-announced today the Grand Opening of its first Inland Empire/San Bernardino location in Rancho Cucamonga. Grand Opening activities include a red-carpet event and the opportunity to Train Like the Champ himself. The Studio will celebrate March 26th, 2022 at 8401 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 

The new boutique boxing studio brings the most effective group fitness experience on the market today, to the San Bernardino County/Inland Empire community. Mayweather Boxing + Fitness utilizes methods developed throughout Floyd Mayweather’s undefeated 21-year boxing career. Members partake in 45 and 60-minute classes consisting of boxing, weightlifting, body-weight exercises, and a variety of other dynamic fitness stations. State-of-the-art smart screen technology projects Floyd’s lessons throughout the duration of the class, giving the authentic feel of training alongside the legend himself. Members can track their process in class, through cutting-edge heart rate monitors with the help of Golden Standard coaches. Whether a former athlete, young professional, stay-at-home parent, or someone getting back into fitness, the Mayweather workout program is designed to help anyone burn up to 1,000 calories per class. 

“The Mayweather Boxing + Fitness brand is known internationally and is growing rapidly. Our Rancho Cucamonga studio is a total transformation experience where community, health, commitment, discipline, and inspiration merge to produce 45 minutes that will change anyone’s life – guarantee!”, said Frank Oliver, franchisee.

Prior to opening, the Rancho Cucamonga studio has signed over 500 members and invites all members and guests to join regularly scheduled fitness classes on opening day with celebrity trainers, shop vendors, win giveaway prizes, and more.

For more information about Mayweather Boxing and Fitness Rancho Cucamonga email ranchocucamonga@mayweather.fit, follow on Instagram @mayweatherfitranchocucamonga, visit the website https://mayweather.fit/rancho-cucamonga/ or call 909-520-6330.

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Topgolf Expands California Footprint with First Greater Los Angeles Area Venue Opening in Ontario

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Topgolf Ontario welcomes Guests from the Inland Empire area to signature Topgolf experience 

Topgolf Entertainment Group, a modern day, technology-enabled entertainment company, is set to open its first Greater Los Angeles area venue on Friday, March 11.

Located off I-10 near Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, Topgolf’s 75th global venue welcomes all communities in and around San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire to enjoy Topgolf’s signature, technology-driven multi-level entertainment experience players have grown to know and love.

“As a company focused on providing our players with an experience like no other, we are thrilled for the opportunity to connect with Greater Los Angeles,” said Topgolf Chief Executive Officer Artie Starrs. “We are excited to invite the community to come play golf with us, with the fun and energetic experience that people of all ages can only get at Topgolf.”

The open-air, three-level venue will feature 102 climate-controlled outdoor hitting bays, chef-inspired signature menu items, top-shelf drinks, music and year-round programming for all ages. The venue is equipped with an outdoor patio, rooftop terrace and private event space.

Beyond entertainment, Topgolf Ontario will employ approximately 400 Associates, further strengthening San Bernardino County’s economy. Those interested in joining the team at Topgolf can visit Topgolf’s career website.

Topgolf Ontario marks the third venue to serve the state of California alongside venues in San Jose and Roseville (Sacramento). Topgolf continues its Greater Los Angeles area expansion in early spring with the opening of its second Los Angeles-area venue in El Segundo. Located on the Pacific Coast Highway, just south of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and west of The 405, the El Segundo venue will have a similar 102 climate-controlled hitting bay design and will be fully equipped with Topgolf’s latest technology and a 10-hole green grass golf course.

“The energy and excitement for Topgolf in and around the Inland Empire is incredible,” Starrs added. “We are excited to finally open our doors to these communities and are looking forward to entertaining guests through the power of play.”
For more information, including hours of operation and pricing, visit the Topgolf Ontario location page. 

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