The annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival (“The Race at the Base”) is celebrating its 19th year. Join thousands of race enthusiasts and fans in this premier motorsports event saluting our nation’s military.
Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival is Fleet Week San Diego’s marquee event. The event features fast-paced, thrilling auto racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts of all ages at one of the most distinctive race track locations — Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation. Nowhere else can you see a variety of cars racing on a live runway used by the U.S. Navy.
This is the only Navy Open House on the West Coast. Naval Base Coronado is home to over 20,000 active duty military and over 4,000 civilian employees. The general public usually only gets a glimpse of the daily activities happening at the base.
Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival is produced by the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation and hosted by the Naval Base Coronado and the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program (MWR) which benefits military personnel and their families. They in turn provide positive support for the active duty military community and their families through quality of life programs including single sailor recreation centers, fitness and aquatic facilities and base theater free movies.
For more information on the Sports Car Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), please visit their website.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, September 17, 2016
8:00 am – Qualifying 1 – Group 1
8:20 am – Qualifying 1 – Group 2
8:40 am – Qualifying 1 – Race Groups 5 & 7
9:00 am – Qualifying 1 – Race Group 6
9:20 am – Qualifying 1 – Race Group 3
9:40 am – Qualifying 1 – Race Group 4
10:00 am – Break – Hot Laps
10:00 am – Pit Crew Challenge Competition in Vendor Village
10:15 am – Qualifying 1 – Race Group 8
10:35 am – Qualifying 1 – Race Group 9
10:55 am – Qualifying 1 – Race Group 10a
11:15 am – Qualifying 1 – Pre-War Race Group
11:35 am – Qualifying 1 – Race Groups 10b & 12
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm LUNCH BREAK
12:00 noon to 2:00 pm LT Dan Band Performance in Vendor Village
1:00 pm – Qualifying 2 – Race Group 1
1:20 pm – Qualifying 2 – Race Group 2
1:40 pm – Qualifying 2 – Race Groups 5 & 7
2:00 pm – Qualifying 2 – Race Group 6
2:20 pm – Break – Hot Laps
2:35 pm – Qualifying 2 – Race Group 3
2:55 pm – Qualifying 2 – Race Group 4
3:15 pm – Qualifying 2 – Race Group 8
3:35 pm – Qualifying 2 – Race Group 9
3:55 pm – Qualifying 2 – Race Group 10a
4:15 pm – Qualifying 2 – Pre-War Race Group
4:35 pm – Qualifying 2 – Race Groups 10b & 12
4:55 pm End of track activities
Sunday, September 18, 2016
8:00 am – Race Group 1
8:20 am – Race Group 2
8:40 am – Race Groups 5 & 7
9:00 am – Race Group 6
9:20 am – Race Group 3
9:40 am – Race Group 4
10:00 am – Race Group 8
10:00 am – Pit Crew Challenge Competition in Vendor Village
10:20 am – Race Group 9
10:40 am – Race Group 10a
11:00 am – Pre-War Race Group
11:20 am – Race Groups 10b & 12
11:40 am – Break – Hot Laps
12:00 noon – Opening Ceremonies OPENING
- Helo Demo
- Car Show Winners Parade Lap
- Welcome from NASNI CO, CAPT Barnett
- Intro Grand Marshal
- Color Guard
- Musician Seaman Rachel Shuttleworth, Navy Band Southwest
- National Anthem
1:00 pm – Race Group 1
1:20 pm – Race Group 2
1:40 pm – Race Groups 5 & 7
2:00 pm – Race Group 6
2:20 pm – Race Group 3
2:40 pm – Race Group 4
3:00 pm – Race Group 8
3:20 pm – Race Group 9
3:40 pm – Race Group 10a
4:00 pm – Pre-War Race Group
4:20 pm – Race Groups 10b & 12
4:40 pm – End of track activities
6:00 pm – Awards Presentation
Actor/Humanitarian Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band to Perform Free Concert At Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival
Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders actor to serve as 2016 Honorary Grand Marshal
Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will perform in concert at noon on Saturday, September 17—FREE with admission!
MRE “Gourmet” Cooking Contest
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Contestants choose 2 MREs and must make a three course “gourmet” meal: appetizer, main course with a side and a dessert. Contestants may bring 1 “care package item” (an… item that could be sent in a typical care package). Open to active duty and reservists of all branches – win fantastic prizes!
Cost: $20 entry fee
Where: NASNI Static Display Area
Sign up at any Naval Base Coronado ITT Ticket Office. For questions regarding the contest, please contact NBC Public Affairs at 619-545-8136.
- Race Group 1
Small bore production. Sports cars and sedans. (SVRA Gr. 1)
- Race Group 2
Formula Ford and Formula B cars (SVRA Gr. 2)
- Race Group 3
World Sports Cars, GT, Prototype and Can-Am Cars 1960-1979 (SVRA Gr. 5+7)
- Race Group 4
Big Bore Production and Sports Cars through 1972 (SVRA Gr. 6)
- Race Group 5
Medium bore Production and Sports cars prior 1972 (SVRA Gr. 3+4)
- Race Group 6
Series Production Sports Cars and Sedans prior to 1979 (SVRA Gr. 8)
- Race Group 7
Wings and Slicks Formula cars (SVRA Gr. 9)
- Race Group 8
Historic Stock cars (SVRA Gr. 10- SC1/2/3)
- Race Group 9
Pre war Sports cars and Formula cars
- Race Group 10
Historic Trans Am cars
The first Coronado Speed Festival took place in October of 1997 and was sponsored by the Holiday Bowl, a non-profit organization whose mission is to generate tourism, exposure, economic benefit and civic pride for San Diegans by producing the nation’s most exciting bowl game and related events. The event then transitioned to be part of Fleet Week San Diego.
The event’s goal was simple and unique: create a live race event to pay tribute to the nation’s military, and better connect the military personnel to the San Diego community.
Vintage cars from around the country raced at Naval Air Station North Island, on a track that was created in days – a spectator-friendly 1.7 mile course, constructed on an busy runway and taxiway at an active military base. Over the course of two days, race fans, military families, and community members gathered to watch different race groups speed around the track. Guests experienced auto racing’s rich history during tours of the race car pits, spoke to the drivers of these unique machines, and toured the Car Club Corral.
Remember that you are entering an active military base. As such, certain restrictions apply. The following items are prohibited, and will not be allowed onto the pier or into the event area:
- No liquid containers, other than baby bottles or liquids for medical reasons are permitted in the venue.
- Closed-toed shoes are required for ship tours. No sandals or flip flops.
- No food or drinks, including ice chests and coolers
- No glass containers
- No guns, knives, clubs, or weapons of any kind
- No metal objects whatsoever.
- No pets (except service dogs for the disabled)
- No mace, pepper spray, spray cans or other defensive spray or chemicals
- No fireworks or explosives of any kind
- No flammable liquids
- No club weapons
- No illegal drugs and/or paraphernalia
- Camera tripods and cameras with lenses greater than 100mm
- No large backpacks, oversized camera bags, or large purses (Special consideration will be given to diaper bags that accompany small children)
- No skateboards or bicycles
- No gang related clothing
- Identification and car insurance is required
- All vehicles are expected to adhere to base speed limit of 25 MPH.
- No talking on cell phones while driving.
- All patrons will be subject to search and will pass through magnetometers at the entrance, so even very small knives, etc. will not be allowed into the venue.
- Due to military force protection, Naval Base Coronado will not allow vehicles with foreign plates to enter the base.
- Visitors found in possession of any prohibited items will not be granted entry to the controlled access area and law enforcement agencies will be notified.
- No drones will be allowed on the Navy base.
Due to military force protection, Naval Base Coronado will not allow vehicles with foreign plates to enter the base.
ID Required at ALL TIMES.
Foreign national personnel (non U.S. citizens) presenting valid photo identification that establishes permanent or temporary residency/employment within the United States are authorized unsponsored/unescorted entry into the event. Foreign national personnel (non U.S. citizens) presenting valid photo identification that only indicates temporary authorization to be present in the United States (i.e. Tourist Passport/Visa) will only be granted access into the event with sponsorship/escort from a Department of Defense (DoD) Common Access Card (CAC) holder.
Motorcyclists planning to attend the event need to follow DOD regulations while on the base. As such, all operators and passengers shall wear helmets, eye protection, foot protection and protective clothing (long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers, full-fingered gloves) on installation. Reflective vests are not required while operating a motorcycle on Navy Region Southwest Installations. Lane splitting is prohibited onboard NRSW installations.