WATCH: Michael Waltrip’s Priceless Reaction as Building Work on LA Coliseum Begins

Published 12/23/2021, 5:24 AM EST


Ahead of its debut in the 2022 NASCAR Cup season, work has begun at the LA Coliseum track. Since it has to be ready in time for the Busch Clash on February 6th, everyone will be working hard to complete the construction process.

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Recently, former NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip visited the track to gauge its progress.

He said, “One thing that is certainly going to have to happen in LA. That sign is coming down”. He was referring to a sign that classified the LA Coliseum as the LA Coliseum sports arena.

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If this race goes off without a hitch, the Coliseum will have yet another feather in its cap. Aside from NASCAR, it hosted the Super Bowl on a few occasions, two Olympic Games, and several other major sports events.

Ahead of the Tuesday Night Football game, Waltrip even appeared in a football jersey. This particular jersey was Vince Ferragamo’s #15 jersey from the 1982 season. Michael Waltrip confessed that when he first saw the construction process, ‘it gave him cold chills’.

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What to expect from the NASCAR race at the LA Coliseum?

As far as expectations go, everyone is hoping that it will be a success. Many are already predicting that there will be a capacity crowd to watch the inaugural race. It is also worth noting that this brand new track will be the first one to receive the Next Gen cars in their very first race.

FILE PHOTO: A digital rendering of the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum, which will be held in Los Angeles in February, is seen in this handout picture obtained on November 30, 2021. Courtesy of iRacing/Handout via REUTERS

As per reports, all drivers and teams will run the 650 HP package with a four-inch rear spoiler. This was a decision that was taken after the pre-season test at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. In fact, this package will be in use for the bulk of the season, except for superspeedways. For that, there will be a couple more tests at Atlanta and Daytona to determine the rules package. It will be fascinating to see how the 2022 season shapes up.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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