Hawley, a racing veteran from Inglewood, California, had the honor of winning the first TT race ever held at the Ascot Stadium near Los Angeles on December 20, 1960. He won the 15 lap competition beating out Joe Leonard, another famous Harley-Davidson racer. The new TT course had eight right and left turns and a one story high jump that sent every single rider airborne when taking the jump.
Ascot Stadium closed in 1990. It officially opened in 1957 and was actually built over a former city dump. The stadium had seating for 7,500 people and was popular due to its location and regularly scheduled races. Over its lifetime the course hosted the United States Auto Club (USAC) championship series, AMA Grand National Championship motorcycle series, sprint car races, Figure 8 races, and motorcycle flat track and TT races.