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Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck traded vegetable oil for motor oil recently when he opened a brand new, on-site restaurant at California Speedway. Located less than an hour east of downtown Los Angeles, Apex is his first ever venture into auto racing cuisine.

Wheels 'N Meals
Wolfgang and NASCAR's Jimmy Johnson

Members of the media, County of San Bernardino dignitaries and NASCAR drivers joined California Speedway officials during the Grand Opening in August. The gala event was held in conjunction with the debut of the Speedway's Opportunity, California FanZone, the new fan experience area just behind the main grandstand.

"When people think of great Southern California cuisine, they think of Wolfgang Puck," said California Speedway President Gillian Zucker. "We wanted to bring the best in menu choices to race fans at the West Coast's premier sports and entertainment venue. Whether it's enjoying great pizzas and calzones, menu items with California avocados or Monterey jack cheese, or my personal favorite, the Chinese Chicken Salad, Apex is the place to indulge your taste buds during a NASCAR event at California Speedway."

Wheels 'N Meals

Apex, now the highlight of the new FanZone, offers a sharp contrast to the expected NASCAR good-ol', greased-up "hot-dog-with-everything" kind of dining. Puck and Matt Bencinenga, head chef for the Labor Day weekend, whipped up things like chilled shellfish martini with lobster and shrimp over a bed of crab salad and guacamole, sweet and tangy spicy lemon and garlic glazed chicken wings, BBQ salmon club sandwich, and Chinese chicken salad with wontons, candied cashews, chicken and sesame honey ginger dressing, all ranging from $9.50 to $15.

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