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17th annual Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The Coronado Speed Festival is part of San Diego's annual Fleet Week, an event organized to pay tribute to our nation's military and to help increase exposure to the military community in San Diego.

As part of the festival, more than 25,000 racecar fans, active duty military, veterans, and visitors from all over will line a 1.7-mile course at Naval Air Station North Island to watch nine different groups race at high speeds, visit with celebrity drivers, and enjoy vendors and activities during the two day festival.

Other highlights of the festival include a military pit crew challenge -- a competition among military commands and active duty military; Navy ship tours and military displays including Navy jets and helicopters, vintage aircraft, and access to pilots for questions and demonstrations; a stunt show by Redbull-sponsored Aaron Colton; and a showing of the Robby Gordon SUPER trucks -- an off-road spectacular for all ages.

There is no other event in Southern California like the Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival. As this year's Fleet Week San Diego honorary chair, Jerry Sanders -- president of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and former San Diego mayor -- will preside over many Speed Festival activities.

The event is free to active duty military and their dependents. The general public is invited onto the base for a weekend of racing, making it the only open house offered by the Navy on the West Coast. For tickets, CLICK HERE>>.

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