Highways 37 & 121
Sonoma, California 95476
29305 Arnold Dr.
Sonoma, California 95476
Phone: (800) 870-RACE
1.99 mile Road Course with 10 turns
Pit Road/Stalls: 16' wide by 29' long, 58' wide
increased from 1.949 miles to 1.99 after the 2000 season
June 2014 Race Winner: #99-Carl Edwards, 76.583mph, started 4th
Race Record: Clint Bowyer, June 2012, 83.624mph (current layout)
Race Record: Jeff Gordon, June 2000, 78.789mph (old layout)
Oldest Winner: Ricky Rudd, 45 years, 9 months, 11 days, 6/23/2002
Youngest Winner: Kyle Busch. 23 years, 1 months, and 20 days, 6/22/2008
June 2014 Pole Winner: #1-Jamie McMurray, 96.350mph, finished 4th
Track Qualifying Record: Jamie McMurray, 6/21/2014, 96.350mph (current layout)
Track Qualifying Record: Rusty Wallace, June 2000, 99.309mph (old layout)
Oldest Pole Winner: Rusty Wallace, 43 years, 10 months, 11 days, 6/25/2000
Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 21 years, 1 month, 0 days, 6/24/2011
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Juan Pablo Montoya, started 32nd, 6/24/2007
Most Wins: 5 - Jeff Gordon
Most Poles: 5 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 5s: 14 - Jeff Gordon
Most Top 10s: 18 - Jeff Gordon
Most Cautions: 9, 6/10/1990
Most Caution Laps: 26, 6/27/1999
Fewest Cautions: 2 - 6/24/2012
Fewest Caution Laps: 7 - 6/7/1992 and 6/24/2012
Most Laps Led: 92, Jeff Gordon, 6/27/2004
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 92, Jeff Gordon, 6/27/2004
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 2, Davey Allison, 6/9/1991
Most Lead Changes: 12 - two times. 6/20/2010 & 6/26/2011
Fewest Lead Changes: 3 - 6/11/1989
Most Leaders: 9, four times, most recently 6/22/2014
Fewest Leaders: 3, 6/11/1989
Most Finishers on a lead lap: 36, 6/21/2009
Most Running at the Finish: 42, 5/5/96 and 6/26/2005
Fewest Running at the Finish: 32 - 5/16/1993
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 10 - Chevy
Races won from the top 5: 15 of 26
Road Course Wins: All-Time
Jeff Gordon, 9*
Tony Stewart, 7*
Rusty Wallace, 6
Bobby Allison, 6
Richard Petty, 6
Ricky Rudd, 6
Darrell Waltrip, 5
Tim Richmond, 5
Dan Gurney, 5
David Pearson, 4
Mark Martin, 4*
Ernie Irvan, 3
Geoff Bodine, 3
Tim Flock, 3
Cale Yarborough, 3
Track Name: was know as Sears Point Raceway until June 22, 2002 when Infineon bought the track naming rights and changed it to Infineon Raceway.(6-22-2002)
AND as of June 1, 2012, is now known as Sonoma Raceway.(5-31-2012)
Ten Different winners in ten last races at Sonoma UPDATE: There have now been ten different winners in the last ten races at Sonoma starting with Tony Stewart in 2005. Since, the winners have been Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya (not racing this weekend), Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr. The tenth winner is #99-Carl Edwards who won today at Sonoma.(MRN)(6-22-2014)
More than $210,000 raised for charities during NASCAR weekend in Sonoma: Charitable events combined to raise more than $210,000 for local charity groups during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Sonoma Raceway, June 20-22. The proceeds from the majority of events will benefit Sonoma County youth organizations through the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of the raceway, which has distributed more than $4.5 million to qualified youth groups since 2001. The Children's Champions Grand Marshal's Banquet generated $138,000, while the Ride-of-a-Lifetime Charity Auction, which was hosted in the Wine Country Winner's Circle on NASCAR Sunday, raised more than $15,000. More than $20,000 was also generated through various donations throughout the weekend, including a $5,000 donation on behalf of the Transporter Drivers of Motorsports Association (TDMA), who participated in the 4th annual NASCAR Hauler Parade in Sacramento on June 19. In addition to the proceeds generated for SCC, Levy Restaurants, the official caterer of Sonoma Raceway, hosted 14 local non-profit groups to support concession stands around the facility. In return for their hard work, Levy gives back a portion of sales to support those non-profit organizations.(Sonoma Raceway)(7-4-2014)
Edwards wins at Sonoma: #99-Carl Edwards won the Toyota / SaveMart 350(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway for his 2nd win of 2014, his 1st win at Sonoma, his first road course win and his 23rd career win.
#24-Gordon finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., pole sitter #1-McMurray, #27-Menard, #5-Kahne, #48-Johnson, #9-Ambrose, #16-Biffle and #15-Bowyer.
#47-Allmendinger led the most laps with 35 of 110, but got involved in a wreck late in the race and finished 37th.
#24-Gordon (1 win) keeps the points lead after finishing 2nd and extends his points lead over #48-Johnson to 20 points.
#48-Johnson leads the Chase Grid with three wins, 2nd in points. #88-Earnhardt Jr. is second with 2 wins, 3rd in points then #99-Edwards 2 & 6th; #22-Logano 2 & 7th and #4-Harvick 2 and 9th.
There were 11 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 6 cautions for 19 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 76.583mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Sonoma Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Sonoma Penalty Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Sonoma Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-22-2014)
Budweiser "Good Sport Program" Featured at Sonoma: Sonoma Raceway and Budweiser will team up to help race fans make it home safely during the 2014 race season, as the Budweiser Good Sport Designated Driver Booth will be featured at all major event weekends. Good Sport is designed to help facility operators and concessionaires encourage fan responsibility at sporting events. The program is activated in partnership with 95 teams in Major League Baseball, the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer. Good Sport programs have also been integrated into high-profile brand and sporting events throughout the year, including the MLB All-Star Game, NBA All-Star Game, NHL Winter Classic, and select NASCAR races, among many others. At Sonoma Raceway, the California Highway Patrol and Budweiser will work together to promote safe alcohol consumption and designated driving during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing and Verizon IndyCar Series event weekends. Fans who visit the Good Sport Designated Driver Booth and pledge to be the designated driver for their group will receive a free non-alcoholic beverage in exchange for refraining from drinking and helping to make sure their group has a safe ride home.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-19-2014)
Toyota Signs Multi-Year Extension with Sonoma Raceway: Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. and the Northern California Toyota Dealers have signed a multi-year agreement to continue as co-title sponsor of the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway. Toyota has served as co-title sponsor of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 since 2007, as well as the raceway's official vehicle. The three-year extension will mark 10 years of sponsorship with Sonoma Raceway. The 2014 season marks Toyota's 10th anniversary participating in NASCAR national series competition. "Sonoma Raceway is one of the premier motor-sports venues on the West Coast and our partnership enables us to showcase the freshest line up of cars, trucks and SUVs in the industry," said Henry Hansel, president of the Northern California Toyota Dealer Advertising Association. Toyota will also continue as title sponsor of the raceway's annual Toyota/Save Mart 350 preview show on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. The 30-minute special, which airs a minimum of six times during the month of June, has been nominated for a sports Emmy award in past years. The agreement also includes hospitality, extensive signage, promotional rights and other assets during major event weekends in Sonoma, including comprehensive, interactive displays for race fans during the June NASCAR event. "We could not be more proud of our association with the Toyota brand, their terrific lineup of cars and trucks and the outstanding group of dealers in our region," said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. "We are grateful for their support of the raceway and the NASCAR event and look forward to working together for many years to come." For tickets or information on the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 20-22, please call 800-870-RACE or visit www.racesonoma.com/nascar.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-18-2014)
NASCAR Hauler Parade Rumbles Through Sacramento, June 19: More than 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers will rumble through the streets of Sacramento at the 4th annual NASCAR Hauler Parade on Thursday, June 19. The NASCAR haulers, which will be en route to Sonoma Raceway for this year's Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 20-22, will make their way over the Tower Bridge and around the State Capitol on a newly-designed route to greet Northern California NASCAR fans ready for the big race in Sonoma. The parade will also start two hours earlier than past years, with the "green flag" slated for noon. The parade will begin promptly at noon on Thursday, June 19, as the haulers depart their staging area and cross the Tower Bridge, heading for the State Capitol. The new route and more info can see viewed at racesonoma.com)(6-18-2014)
Sonoma Raceway Previews Traffic Plan for this weekend: Sonoma Raceway and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently unveiled their plans to mitigate race-day traffic on area roadways during this Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. NASCAR's annual visit to the Sonoma wine country marks one of the Bay Area's largest single-day sporting events each year. The addition of racing fans to the normal wine country visitor traffic puts tremendous strain on the surrounding road systems, particularly the two-lane stretches of Highways 37 and 121. A primary focus this year will be to educate non-race attendees about alternative routes in and out of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. In past years, up to 85% of the drivers passing the raceway on Highways 37 and 121 during peak entry and exit times are not attending the event. When combined with race traffic, the results can bring hours of congestion for all drivers. The raceway's traffic management plan includes an array of measures intended to divert ambient traffic from the adjacent highways on race day. Some of these new initiatives can be seen at racesonoma.com)(6-18-2014)
Sonoma Raceway's Steve Page to be Inducted Into West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame: Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page will be inducted to the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. Page and four other honorees will be inducted during a gala event at the Meritage Resort in Napa, CA on Thursday, June 19, in conjunction with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR weekend at Sonoma Raceway, June 20-22. Page joined Sonoma Raceway as President and General Manager in 1991, after 11 years working in marketing and special events for baseball's Oakland Athletics - where, among other responsibilities - he served as coordinator for the 1987 MLB All-Star Game. He was the principal advocate for Sonoma Raceway's $100 million modernization project, which transformed it into one of the premier motor racing venues in the country. Page is involved with numerous community activities, as well as serving on the board of directors of Speedway Children's Charities.
"It is an honor to be included among the individuals who pioneered and built this sport in our part of the country, particularly considering that I came to this industry relatively late in my career," said Page. "I consider it a reflection of our tremendous raceway team and the unparalleled support we receive from our chairman Bruton Smith and the rest of our corporation. I am grateful to the Hall of Fame board for this recognition."
Joining Page are Bob Bondurant, founder of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving; Marshall Chesrown, owner of several championship racing teams; Ron Eaton, driver/owner in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West; and Mike Skinner, NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series driver.
For additional information about the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, please visit WestCoastStockCarHallofFame.com. To obtain details about table sponsorship for the 2014 awards dinner, contact Jenniffer Wentzel at 623-463-5400.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-17-2014)
Sonoma Raceway Offers Tasty New Food Options for 2014 Race Season: The Sonoma Valley and delicious food have always gone hand in hand, so Sonoma Raceway and Levy Restaurants have teamed up to extend that experience to its raceway guests during the 2014 race season. Levy Restaurants, the official on-site caterer of Sonoma Raceway, will unveil two new permanent concession stands at the upcoming Toyota/Save Mart 350, as well as a number of new third-party vendors. Ranging from smoothies to sushi, there is sure to be something to fit every taste. The new offerings for 2014 include:
Sears Point Taqueria: This new permanent location above Turn 2 features freshly-grilled meats, tacos on locally-made tortillas, taco bowls, a "Loco Quesadilla Wrap" and a fresh-made salsa bar.
Sonoma Farmstand: This new stand, located beneath the Main Grandstand, will feature the raceway's own specially-roasted coffee bean espresso drinks, Artisan pastries, salads, fresh fruit and vegetable cups, and gluten-free items. Another featured item will be the Conewich, a bread cone filled with Caesar or Cobb salad.
Shiso Fresh: Hosted by Sonoma sushi chef Ed Matcalfe beneath the Main Grandstand, Shiso Fresh will offer Asian comfort food, including hoisin pulled pork Sandwiches, Korean-style sausages, teriyaki bowls and edamame.
Yogurt Time: This is the perfect option for race fans looking to cool off during hot race weekends. Refreshing soft-serve yogurt, slushy margaritas and slushy rum and Cokes are now available beneath the Main Grandstand.
The raceway will also unveil a new fan-friendly eating environment, located at the north end of the Main Grandstand. The new Grille Garden will feature picnic tables and 20-foot diameter umbrellas. Fans can cool off under the garden's signature Coca-Cola Funbrellas while enjoying a bite to eat or a local craft beer. In addition to these new options, the raceway will continue to offer fan favorites, including the Sears Point Grill in the main paddock and above Turn 9. The popular grill, which was unveiled last year, features handmade burgers, locally-sourced sausages and other savory grilled items. For more information about the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 20-22, or other events at Sonoma Raceway this summer, visit www.racesonoma.com or call 800-870-RACE.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-6-2014)
Vida Blue named Grand Marshal at Sonoma: Lefty pitching great Vida Blue, a star for both the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Giants, has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Sonoma Raceway, June 20-22. Blue, who was a key starter for the A's three consecutive World Championships in 1972-74, also helped lead a resurgent Giants franchise through a dramatic 1978 campaign following a cross-bay trade. He was the first pitcher ever to start the All-Star Game for both the American League (1971) and the National League (1978). Blue will be honored on Friday, June 20, at the Children's Champions Grand Marshal's Banquet at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma. The gala is a fundraiser for the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. He will also take part in pre-race activities on Sunday, June 22, and participate in the official command of, "Drivers, Start Your Engines."(Sonoma PR)(6-3-2014)
Sonoma Raceway unveils Fan Council: Sonoma Raceway will introduce an all-new Fan Council for the 2014 race season; part of the facility's continued efforts to enhance and improve the race-day experience for its guests. Following an initial application process, the raceway has selected a group of 14 fans who will provide a reflection of what they see, hear and experience while attending Sonoma Raceway events. They will be tasked with communicating directly and routinely with track personnel to provide feedback and suggestions for improving raceway operations and offerings. The inaugural group includes a cross section of fans of varying ages, genders, backgrounds, racing interests, hometowns and race-day preferences, who will provide day-of communication and complete post-event surveys. Members will also participate in a group meeting in the fall to offer an overview of the 2014 season. All fans have committed to an initial one-year term.(Sonoma Raceway)(5-31-2014)
Fans Can Do "The Double" with Kurt Busch at Sonoma: Kurt Busch will complete a formidable task this weekend, as he attempts to do "The Double" by completing both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday. Inspired by his historic effort, Sonoma Raceway is inviting fans to do "The Double" at Sonoma Raceway this summer. When you purchase any full-price Toyota/Save Mart 350 (June 20-22) ticket before May 31, you can also purchase a half-priced ticket to the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Aug. 22-24). That's a lower grandstand ticket for just $30, our lowest offer of the year! By securing your Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ticket before May 31, you can also take advantage of "Early Bird" pricing and receive a FREE credential to attend the NASCAR Drivers' Meeting inside Turn 11."Do the Double" with Kurt Busch by calling 800-870-RACE or visiting racesonoma.com.(Sonoma Raceway)(5-23-2014)
Nominate Your "Hometown Hero" for Recognition at the Toyota/Save Mart 350: Sonoma Raceway, Toyota, Save Mart and Lucky Supermarkets will team up to honor local heroes at the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 20-22. Toyota, Save Mart and Lucky have recently launched the Hometown Heroes contest, a new Facebook-based promotion that will allow race fans and community members to nominate a local hero for recognition and incredible VIP experiences during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend in Sonoma. Heroes can take many forms, so nominations for members of the Armed Forces, first responders, teachers and other public servants are encouraged. To nominate your hero, simply "like" Toyota Fan Zone, Save Mart and/or Lucky Supermarkets on Facebook and then click through to the Hometown Heroes contest. Submissions will be accepted through May 31. When the entry phase closes on May 31, voting will open for selection of 12 winners. The 12 nominees with the most votes at the end of the voting period on June 11 will be eligible for VIP experiences at the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Winners will be announced on June 16. Three grand prize winners will enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences at the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Two grand prize winners will get all 43 NASCAR drivers fired up by giving the "Drivers, start your engines!" command prior to the start of the race, while another will actually start the Toyota/Save Mart 350 by waving the green flag. The selected Hometown Heroes will also be recognized during pre-race ceremonies. The remaining top nominees will receive four weekend passes for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, as well as a chance to drive a NASCAR driver around the road course during the parade lap of pre-race festivities. More info at Sonoma Raceway's Facebook page.(Sonoma Raceway)(5-16-2014)
NASCAR Express Offers Train to NASCAR in Sonoma: For the second consecutive year, NASCAR fans can get on board the NASCAR Express train to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway. The raceway will partner with Key Holidays to offer an express train that will transport fans directly from the Sacramento area to the raceway on race day, Sunday, June 22. The train will depart from Sacramento, with stops in Davis and Suisun City, and traverse some of Northern California's most spectacular scenery before dropping passengers just steps from the raceway's main entrance. Last year's inaugural NASCAR Express sold out five days before race weekend, and this year's train is also expected to be a sellout. To meet increased demand, seating capacity for the train has been increased from 500 to 700 passengers. It's a one-stop shop to purchase your race-day ticket and NASCAR Express pass. The $199 premium package includes: A reserved-seat in the Main Grandstan; Round-trip travel from Sacramento, Davis or Suisun; VIP main-gate entry, On-track access to driver introduction and pre-race ceremonies; and Special T-shirt. Seats are limited, so for more information on the NASCAR Express or to purchase your ticket package today, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit www.racesonoma.com/nascarexpress.(Sonoma Raceway)(5-10-2014)
Great Clips Returns as Title Sponsor of NASCAR "Fast Friday" in Sonoma: Great Clips will again get Sonoma Raceway's Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend off to a speedy start with "Great Clips Fast Friday" on Friday, June 20. Great Clips, the world's largest salon brand, has signed a two-year extension to continue as the title sponsor of the NASCAR practice day. Great Clips Fast Friday will feature two Sprint Cup Series practice sessions, which mark the only opportunity for drivers to fine tune their stock cars before qualifying on Saturday. "Great Clips is more than excited to be partnering with Sonoma Raceway again this year. We have a rich history and relationship with racing, and are pleased to partner with a raceway that has such a great reputation," said Tyler Brandt, marketing manager of Great Clips, Inc. "Our local salon owners and staff are thrilled to be a part of this exciting weekend and are working very hard to support Sonoma Raceway and the Great Clips brand. To cap off a great race weekend, Great Clips will also adorn the hood as the primary sponsor of Kasey Kahne's #5 Chevrolet SS during Sunday's race."
In addition to becoming title sponsor of Fast Friday, Great Clips continues as the Official Hair Salon of Sonoma Raceway for the third consecutive year. Great Clips will set up mobile salons at the raceway during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Verizon IndyCar Series event weekends. Stylists from local salons will give haircuts for a suggested donation of just $10, with proceeds benefiting Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway. "This is a wonderful program. Great Clips has been wonderful a partner, and the haircuts at the races have been a big hit with our fans and provided a nice boost to Speedway Children's Charities," said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. The agreement also includes hospitality, signage and other assets during race weekend. Great Clips also receives the right to use the Sonoma Raceway name and logo for promotional purposes, as well as Toyota/Save Mart 350 event tickets for retail promotions throughout Northern California.
With more than 3,500 salons throughout the United States and Canada, Great Clips salons employ nearly 350,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn advanced skills and the latest trends. For more information or to find your nearest Great Clips, visit www.greatclips.com. For more information on the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, June 20-22, visit www.RaceSonoma.com/NASCAR.(Sonoma Raceway)(5-1-2014)
Save Mart Supermarkets Offers Lowest Price Sonoma Tickets: Sonoma Raceway and Save Mart Supermarkets have teamed up to offer race fans the lowest-price ticket to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 22. For the fourth straight year, Save Mart and Lucky Supermarkets will offer race fans the best value to see NASCAR racing in Sonoma. Through this special offer, fans can secure a Sunday reserved-seat ticket for just $45 in the Turn 9 Terrace, which provides some of the best views of the exciting road-course action. That's a savings of almost $30 per ticket when you purchase at your local Save Mart or Lucky Supermarkets store. You don't want to miss NASCAR's return to the serpentine Sonoma road course for a full dose of high-intensity action, blood-boiling rivalries and fender-slamming battles, so get your race tickets in-store at Save Mart or Lucky Supermarkets for just $45 each. Toyota/Save Mart 350 tickets go on sale in your local Save Mart and Lucky Supermarkets beginning April 30. For information about NASCAR's only stop in Northern California on Sunday, June 22, visit racesonoma.com/NASCAR or call (800) 870-RACE.(Sonoma Raceway)(4-30-2014)
Hot Dog Eating Championship qualifying to include NASCAR locations: Nathan's Famous, Inc. has unveiled the official list of sites that will host hot dog eating contests to qualify competitive eaters who will participate in the annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Nathan's Famous on Brooklyn's Coney Island. The Nathan's Famous qualifying tour stops in four new cities this year. It's also premiering at NASCAR events, including the annual Speed Street celebration in Charlotte, NC; Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA; and Sonoma Raceway in northern California. Nathan's Famous will host its first-ever qualifier at Busch Stadium prior to a St. Louis Cardinals game in May. This year's circuit begins on April 26th in Las Vegas and stops at 12 other cities before the final event takes place on July 4, 2014 at the Nathan's Famous flagship in Coney Island. The top male and top female finishers from each qualifier will earn a spot to compete in the ESPN-televised finals at the original Nathan's Famous, a holiday tradition since 1916.(Nathan's Famous)(3-21-2014)
Sonoma Raceway and NASCAR Donate 90 Trees to Sonoma Schools: Students in the Sonoma Valley will enjoy the bounty of 90 new fruit trees, thanks to Sonoma Raceway and NASCAR. The fruit trees were donated to 11 schools in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District and the Sonoma School Garden Project through the "NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Program," an initiative that seeks to neutralize the carbon produced by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The trees will be utilized as part of the Sonoma School Garden Program at Adele Harrison Middle School, Altimira Middle School, Creekside School, El Verano School, Flowery and Dunbar Elementary Schools, Prestwood Elementary School, Sassarini Elementary School, Sonoma Charter School, Sonoma Valley High School and Woodland Star Waldorf Charter School. The School Garden Project is a district-wide environmental program teaching students the importance of growing and eating healthy fruits and vegetables through hands-on gardening. Adele's garden classes provide every student with an opportunity to develop and learn varied skills while working in the garden. Students are engaged, motivated and inspired as they learn by doing inside and outside of the classroom working with both their hands and minds. "The garden project in our Sonoma Valley Schools is a model for student involvement and for building good nutritional habits with our kids," said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. "We are very proud to partner with NASCAR to donate these trees and help grow this program in all of our Valley public schools." A ceremonial planting of one of the 14 trees the school has received was held on Wednesday [Feb 5] at Adele Harrison Middle School and was attended by Sonoma Valley Unified School District Superintendent, Louann Carlomagno, Deputy Superintendent, Justin Frese, Sonoma School Garden Project Founder, Kathleen Hill, Adele Harrison Middle School Principal, Karla Conroy, Page, and several students.(Sonoma Raceway)(2-20-2014)
2014 Sonoma Raceway Tickets On Sale: Tickets for the 2014 racing season at Sonoma Raceway go on sale Feb. 1, and the raceway has retooled its menu of offerings to better meet the needs of fans and continue to deliver great value for Northern California's top motorsports destination. Tickets for all major events will be available beginning Feb. 1, including the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (June 20-22); NHRA Sonoma Nationals (July 25-27); GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma IndyCar Series (Aug. 22-24); and the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) (Sept. 13-14). New for 2014, Sonoma Raceway will offer Buy-Early-and-Save options for all four of its major event weekends. By purchasing in advance of NASCAR, NHRA, INDYCAR and WTCC, fans can save up to 20% on event tickets. It's the perfect way to guarantee the best seats and the best prices. In addition, all Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend pass holders will receive a complimentary Friday and Saturday Cold Pit Pass. Sonoma Raceway will also offer new levels of value for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, as tickets start at just $49 for race day. Prices have been restructured in all seating areas around the facility to offer better value to race fans. The raceway will continue to offer camping around the facility, as well as many popular ticket upgrades, including the Pre-Race Pit Pass for Sunday morning. Fans can purchase individual or weekend tickets, as well as secure camping and special ticket packages, for all 2014 major events by calling 800-870-RACE (7223), visiting an account representative at the raceway or by purchasing tickets online at racesonoma.com/tickets or ticketmaster.com.(Sonoma Raceway)(2-1-2014)
Jennifer Imbimbo Promoted at Sonoma Raceway: Jennifer Imbimbo has been promoted to Senior Manager of Media and Community Relations at Sonoma Raceway, raceway officials announced. With her increased role, Imbimbo will help oversee the planning and execution of all media relations events at the raceway, including the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and IndyCar Series race weekends. She will also take on a larger role in developing and executing community events and fundraising activities for Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of the raceway. Imbimbo, 33, has been employed at Sonoma Raceway since 2006, serving as Manager of Media and Community Relations since 2008. "Jennifer is an integral member of our media relations department and raceway staff," said Diana Brennan, senior director of media and community relations for Sonoma Raceway. "Her work-ethic, passion and integrity are to be admired, and I have no doubt she will excel in this new role." Imbimbo completed her undergraduate work at UCLA and earned a master's degree in sports sciences at the University of the Pacific. She is a native of Marin County and currently resides in Terra Linda.(Sonoma Raceway)(12-21-2013)
Sonoma Raceway distributes more than 7,300 pounds of food: Sonoma Raceway is at full speed this holiday season, distributing more than 7,000 pounds of non-perishable food to Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH) and the Napa Valley Food Bank following the raceway's 13th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. In total, the raceway distributed 7,377 pounds of food this year, bringing the 13-year total to more than 54,077 pounds of non-perishable food items for area food banks. In addition, the raceway also collected more than $1,250 in cash donations for FISH. FISH has been helping Sonoma Valley residents in need since 1970 and provides not only food, but clothing, transportation and emergency rental assistance. The Napa Valley Food Bank serves over 40 non-profit agencies county-wide. In 2012, they served 10,830 individuals 92,926 allotments of food, 38% of which were children. Napa Valley Food Bank continues to feed the hungry, encourage self-sufficiency and assist the elderly in living independently.(Sonoma Raceway)(11-28-2013)
Sonoma Raceway Events Generate $300,000 for North Bay Non-Profits: More than 50 North Bay non-profit organizations will benefit from nearly $300,000 generated during the 2013 motor-racing season at Sonoma Raceway. The Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC), the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, raised $234,670 to help children in need through 10 fundraising events in 2013. The monies were generated through events held during the raceway's major-event weekends, including NASCAR, NHRA and INDYCAR. Highlights of the year included the Children's Champions NASCAR Grand Marshal's Banquet and the Ride of a Lifetime NASCAR Charity Auction, which combined to raise more than $67,000 during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in June. The 9th annual Classic Sports Racing Group's (CSRG) Charity Challenge generated $29,490 for the Sonoma chapter and a 3J's Motorcycle Track Day raised an additional $24,401. The majority of those funds were distributed to Sonoma County youth groups at the chapter's annual Board of Trustees meeting earlier this week. Forty-five Sonoma County non-profits will receive grants totaling more than $211,000 from the Sonoma chapter. The chapter has distributed more than $4.5 million to Sonoma County youth groups since 2001. In addition to the proceeds generated by SCC, Levy Restaurants, the official caterer of Sonoma Raceway, hosted several local non-profit groups to support concession stands around the facility during race weekends. In exchange for their hard work, Levy gives back a portion of sales to support those non-profit organizations. These groups, including Boys & Girls Club of Vallejo, Native Sons of the Golden West, Petaluma High School Athletics, Vallejo High School, Vallejo Little League, North Bay Athletics and Woodland Star Charter School, among others, received a total of $65,782 for their work throughout the major event season.For more information on the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, visit www.racesonoma.com/scc.(Sonoma Raceway)(11-24-2013)
More than $140,000 Raised for Youth Groups During NASCAR Weekend in Sonoma: Charitable events combined to raise more than $140,000 for Sonoma County youth groups during the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Sonoma Raceway, June 21-23. The proceeds from the majority of events will benefit Sonoma County youth organizations through the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of the raceway, which has distributed more than $4.3 million to qualified youth groups since 2001. The Children's Champions Grand Marshal's Banquet generated $82,000, while the Ride-of-a-Lifetime Charity Auction, which was hosted in the Wine Country Winner's Circle on NASCAR Sunday, raised more than $23,000. The Grand Marshal's Banquet was held on Friday, June 21, at Cline Cellars in Sonoma and featured Grand Marshal Darrell Waltrip, a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The sold-out sit-down dinner, which also featured NASCAR drivers Michael Waltrip, Clint Bowyer and Boris Said, was hosted by racing analyst and former NASCAR crew chief Larry McReynolds. Proceeds from the banquet will be split between Speedway Children's Charities and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley. The top-selling item at the Ride-of-a-Lifetime Charity Auction was a Tag Heuer watch, which netted $3,300. Other top selling items included a Jeff Gordon Ride of a Lifetime experience ($1,800) and Ride of a Lifetime experiences with Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch ($1,600).
More than $18,000 was also generated through various donations throughout the weekend, including $4,000 garnered from Great Clips haircuts for charity and a $5,000 donation on behalf of the Transporter Drivers of Motorsports Association (TDMA), who participated in the 3rd annual NASCAR Hauler Parade in Sacramento on June 20. In addition, the Simraceway Performance Driving Center donated $7,725, which was generated from stock car hot lap rides during the weekend.
In addition to the proceeds generated for SCC, Levy Restaurants, the official caterer of Sonoma Raceway, hosted 12 local non-profit groups to support concession stands around the facility. In return for their hard work, Levy gives back a portion of sales to support those non-profit organizations. These groups, including Boys & Girls Club of Vallejo, Vallejo High School, Native Sons of the Golden West, Petaluma High School Athletics, Vallejo Little League, and North Bay Athletics, among others, received a total of almost $27,000 after NASCAR weekend. Sonoma Raceway and Levy Restaurants also supported Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) on Saturday, June 22, for the second annual "NASCAR Day for SAY" event. The group hosted approximately 100 guests. Proceeds will benefit programs serving youth in Sonoma Valley, including school counseling and youth employment services.(Sonoma Raceway)(7-3-2013)
Speedway Motorsports sees revenues, ticket sales decelerate: The numbers don't lie. Speedway Motorsports Inc., parent company of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, has watched revenues, including ticket sales, drop annually for five years. Race event-related revenue at Speedway Motorsports' eight NASCAR tracks has also dropped each year for the past five years except 2011. The venues staging NASCAR races are in markets such as Las Vegas, Atlanta, Charlotte, San Francisco and Dallas. For the first quarter of this year, Concord, N.C.-based Speedway Motorsports continued to show sluggish revenue results. Total revenues for the first three months of 2013 were $84.2 million, compared to $84.8 million for the same three-month period in 2012. At the Speedway Motorsports tracks, admissions revenues dropped from $188 million in 2008 to $116 million in 2012. Event-related revenue also dropped, falling from $211 million in 2008 to $151 million in 2012. In all, total Speedway Motorsports annual revenues have plummeted from nearly $611 million in 2008 to $490 million in 2012. The one revenue category that saw an uptick was in NASCAR broadcasting rights revenue, which increased from $168 million in 2008 to $192 million in 2012. That's because an eight-year NASCAR broadcasting rights deal provides annual 3 percent increases through 2014, so Speedway Motorsports expects $199 million in 2013. At Speedway Motorsports' eight NASCAR tracks, total permanent seating is about 900,000, with 832 luxury suites. Las Vegas Motor Speedway has 123,000 seats and 102 suites, and sits on 1,030 acres. Speedway Motorsports has discovered that many fans are buying tickets closer to race dates, so the company has increased promotional campaigns to motivate fans to buy tickets earlier and renew season ticket deals.(Las Vegas Review Journal)(7-1-2013)
NASCAR Express Train sold out at Sonoma: With five days remaining until its departure, Sonoma Raceway and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority announce that the inaugural NASCAR Express Train is sold out. For the first time ever, race fans had the option to ride the train to the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 23, and they responded in droves. The train can accommodate 500 passengers and the last ticket was sold by the raceway [Tuesday] afternoon. The NASCAR Express train will depart from Sacramento, with stops in Davis and Suisun City, and traverse some of Northern California's most spectacular scenery before dropping passengers just steps from the raceway's main entrance on race-day morning. The NASCAR Express offers fans a unique option to avoid highway traffic and parking hassles on race-day, and will feature two café cars with on board food and beverage service. Fans will be able to renew or purchase their NASCAR Express tickets for next year during the race weekend.(Sonoma PR)(6-19-2013)
Sonoma Raceway to Honor John Cardinale: Sonoma Raceway will honor its long-time spokesman John Cardinale during the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend. Cardinale, who passed away in March after a two-year battle with stage IV gastric cancer, will be inducted into the raceway's Wall of Fame and the raceway will rename its media center the "John Cardinale Media Center" during a ceremony in the Wine Country Winner's Circle on Friday, June 21, at 10:15 am. Cardinale's likeness will be engraved onto the raceway's Wall of Fame, which is located on the back of the Main Grandstand in the main paddock, and a bas relief bronze plaque will be hung in the John Cardinale Media Center.
After joining the raceway in 1998, Cardinale quickly established himself as one of the most respected representatives within the motorsports industry, and he was promoted to Vice President of Media and Community Relations in 2003. He was well known for creative and quirky media stunts, including driver ride-alongs with the California Highway Patrol and driving race cars across the Golden Gate Bridge. Cardinale also bolstered the raceway's community profile through community events, including food drives, blood drives and holiday parties for families in need. He also served as Vice President of Communications & Marketing from 2007-2012.
Cardinale was frequently recognized for his efforts, including being named NASCAR Track PR Representative of the Year in 2009, and, most recently, receiving the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Spirit Award in May. "John was not only our dear friend and colleague, he was a major contributor to the growth and success of this organization," said Steve Page, president and general manager of Sonoma Raceway. "Although he is not with us physically, his spirit surrounds us and carries forward in everything we do. These two tributes will ensure John has a permanent presence at the raceway and provide us a daily reminder of how fortunate we were to have him in our lives." Prior to joining Sonoma Raceway, Cardinale worked for 10 years as a sports reporter and editor, including five years at Contra Costa Newspapers, a prominent daily newspaper group in the East Bay. Cardinale was a graduate of San Francisco State University. Cardinale was a resident of Martinez in the Easy Bay and is survived by Andrea, his wife of 18 years, and two young daughters, Emma and Lauren.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-18-2013)
NASCAR Hauler Parade Returns to Sacramento, June 20: More than 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers will rumble through the streets of Sacramento at the 3rd NASCAR Hauler Parade on Thursday, June 20. The NASCAR haulers, which will be en route to Sonoma Raceway for the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 21-23, will make their way over the Tower Bridge and around the State Capitol to greet Northern California NASCAR fans ready for big race in Sonoma.
You can expect to see haulers from Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and most every other driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. This marks the third consecutive hauler parade in Northern California and raceway officials are thrilled to bring it to Sacramento, home to some of our most avid race fans. The parade will begin promptly at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, as the haulers depart their staging area and cross the Tower Bridge, heading for the State Capitol. The route is as follows:
· Cross Tower Bridge and drive up Capitol Mall.
· Right turn on 9th Street.
· Left turn on N Street.
· Left turn on 16th Street.
· Left turn on L Street.
· Haulers will then be directed to the freeway and head South on Hwy. 80 to Sonoma Raceway, where they will be parked in the garage for the race weekend. The Haulers will arrive at the raceway at approximately 3:30 p.m. Race fans can catch the haulers all along the parade route, but are encouraged to head to L and 11th streets for the best view. Sonoma Raceway will have a display there, as well as the popular Raceway Girls, Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon, giveaways and tickets for the big race. This will be the heart of the action. For tickets or more information on the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350, visit racesonoma.com/nascar or call 800-870-RACE (7223).(Sonoma Raceway)(6-17-2013)
James Durbin to Perform National Anthem at Toyota/Save Mart 350: Santa Cruz native and American Idol star James Durbin will perform the national anthem for the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 23. American blues singer/songwriter Gina Sicilia will perform the national anthem prior to the Carneros 200 NASCAR Pro Series West main event on Saturday, June 22. For tickets or more information on the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350, visit racesonoma.com/nascar or call 800-870-RACE (7223).(Sonoma Raceway)(6-17-2013)
25th Toyota/Save Mart 350 Features New Elements for Fans: Sonoma Raceway will celebrate 25 years of NASCAR Cup racing in the Sonoma Valley during the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 21-23, but the road course certainly isn't resting on its laurels when it comes to bringing dynamic new features to NASCAR fans. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in Sonoma will feature a number of dynamic new features, both on and off the track, which are sure to deliver a NASCAR weekend you've never seen before. Here's a glimpse of some of the all-new elements you can expect during the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350:
Gen-6 Car Hits the Road: NASCAR's Gen-6 stock car, which has produced exciting racing and record-breaking weekends so far this season, will make its road-course debut in Sonoma.
New Qualifying Format: NASCAR has introduced a new group qualifying format for its two road-course races. Drivers will duke it out in two practice sessions on Great Clips Fast Friday, followed by Lean1 Pole Day group qualifying on Saturday morning.
Patrick Returns: Rookie sensation Danica Patrick returns to Sonoma Raceway for her NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road-course debut. It's the first time Patrick has raced in the Sonoma Valley since her final INDYCAR visit in 2011.
All Aboard! New for 2013, the NASCAR Express train will pick fans up in Sacramento, Davis or Suisun and drop off at Sonoma Raceway's main gate. This $199 package, which includes a reserved seat, train transportation and more, is now available for purchase at racesonoma.com/nascarexpress.
New Driver Introductions: This year, Sonoma Raceway is putting fans closer than ever to their favorite drivers during pre-race festivities with a new "cat-walk" style introduction stage. Get your Pre-Race Pit & Track Pass today to enjoy all the fun!
Good Eats: If handmade burgers, locally-sourced sausages and other gourmet BBQ items are what you crave, look no further than the all-new Sears Point Grill, and then quench your thirst at the new Nor Cal Craft Beer Garden in the main paddock with Northern California's finest craft beers, ales and hard ciders.
Camping Fun: We've got all-new amenities for fans who join us for a weekend of camping fun. Enjoy a free, round-trip shuttle to the Sonoma Square, or head to the 50 Acres Campground and enjoy cinema-quality movies on Friday and Saturday nights.
Enhanced Pre-Race Show: The Patriots Jet Team Airshow returns with a never-before-seen six-jet air show. Keep your eyes to the sky for more great aerial action, including vintage fighter jets, historic World War II planes, a Huey helicopter and the GoPro Bomb Squad. Plus, the high-flying Brigade Freestyle Motocross Team will perform incredible stunts around the road course, and the Grant Union High School Drumline will take to the pre-race stage.
For more information about the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350 or to purchase your ticket today, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit www.racesonoma.com/nascar.(6-9-2013)
Lean1 to sponsor Pole Day at Sonoma: Sonoma Raceway welcomes a new official sponsor as NASCAR debuts its redesigned road-course qualifying format at "Lean1 Pole Day" at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series event in June. Lean1, a product of Nutrition53, will become title sponsor of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole day qualifying activities, which have been moved to Saturday, June 22. Under the new procedure, cars will qualify in groups based on Friday practice times, instead of traditional single-car qualifying runs. Nutrition53 is owned by former NFL great linebacker Bill Romanowski, who played for both the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, among other teams. In addition to becoming title sponsor of pole day, Lean1 becomes the Official Health Supplement Sponsor of Sonoma Raceway. The three-year deal also includes Lean1 Pole Day tickets for a retail-oriented promotion, as well as sampling rights, hospitality, signage and other assets during race weekend. Lean1 will also receive the right to use the Sonoma Raceway name and logo for promotional purposes.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-6-2013)
Laurence Lea Named Media & Community Relations Coordinator at Sonoma Raceway: Laurence Lea has been named Media & Community Relations Coordinator at Sonoma Raceway. Lea, 26, who completed his undergraduate degree at Morehouse College in Atlanta, will work with the Media and Community Relations department to expand awareness and media coverage of Sonoma Raceway and its major events, as well as help with community and charitable events. Prior to joining Sonoma Raceway, Lea worked on a number of political campaigns, including serving as Campaign Manager for the re-election of Congressman Mike Thompson and Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis. He also worked as an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives for United States Congressman/Chairman George Miller, as well as within the California State Legislature. Lea, a native and resident of Vallejo, is also the president and founder of the Solano County Young Democrats, a member of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce and numerous non-profit and charitable organizations.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-5-2013)
Great Clips Named Title Sponsor of NASCAR "Fast Friday" in Sonoma: Sonoma Raceway will kick off NASCAR's dynamic new two-day qualifying format with "Great Clips Fast Friday" at the 2013 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series event. Great Clips, the world's largest salon brand, will become title sponsor of this critical practice day on Friday, June 21, as NASCAR and the raceway unveil an exciting new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying procedure for Northern California race fans. This final timed practice session on Great Clips Fast Friday will lock in groups for qualifying on Saturday morning. In addition to becoming title sponsor of Fast Friday, Great Clips continues as the Official Hair Salon of Sonoma Raceway for the second consecutive year. Great Clips will also set up a mobile salon at the raceway during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and IZOD IndyCar® Series event weekends. Stylists from local salons will give haircuts for a suggested donation of just $10, with proceeds benefiting Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway. The one-year agreement also includes hospitality, signage and other assets during race weekend. Great Clips will also receive the right to use the Sonoma Raceway name and logo for promotional purposes.(Sonoma Raceway)(5-21-2013)
NASCAR Express Offers Train to NASCAR in Sonoma: For the first time ever, Northern California NASCAR fans can get on board the NASCAR Express train service to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway. The raceway has partnered with the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) to offer a first-of-its-kind express train that will transport fans directly from the Sacramento area to the raceway on race day, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The train will depart from Sacramento, with stops in Davis and Suisun City, and traverse some of Northern California's most spectacular scenery before dropping passengers just steps from the raceway's main entrance. The NASCAR Express offers fans a unique option to avoid highway traffic and parking hassles on race-day, and will feature two café cars with on board food and beverage service. The train is also a great option for small and large groups to enjoy the entire NASCAR race-day experience together. It's an easy one-stop shop to purchase your race-day ticket and NASCAR Express pass. The $199 premium package includes: A reserved-seat in the Main Grandstand, Round-trip travel from Sacramento, Davis or Suisun, VIP main-gate entry, On-track access to driver introduction and pre-race ceremonies, and a Special T-shirt.(Sonoma)(4-26-2013)
New NASCAR Sprint Cup Road-Course Qualifying Procedure Announced: NASCAR announced that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will implement the group-based road course qualifying procedure used in NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Touring Series competition during its road-course events at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International. Under the new procedure, cars will qualify in groups instead of the traditional single-car qualifying runs held on oval race tracks. "The change will add an exciting element to road-course qualifying," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "Fans will be treated to new strategy and increased competition with several cars on track at once."
The new qualifying rules for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at road courses are as follows:
· Cars attempting to qualify will be divided into groups. The number of groups, and amount of cars in each, will depend on the number of cars that practice for the event.
· Group assignments will be based on final practice times.
· Each qualifying group will be on-track for a set period of time, determined by the Series Director.
· A car's best lap time during the group session will be the qualifying lap time of record.
· A group's time begins when the first car receives the green flag at the start/finish line.
"This is going to be a terrific new format for our NASCAR weekend," said Steve Page, president and general manager of Sonoma Raceway. "It will intensify the action, with multiple cars on the track at the same time. It's a very positive development for our fans."
"The new format of qualifying at Watkins Glen International enhances the fan experience which is our top priority," said Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen. "Qualifying on Saturday for our Cheez-ItTM 355 at The Glen is even more of a not-to-be missed aspect of a weekend of high-quality racing."
The new format will debut with the Toyota Save-Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 23 and will return at Watkins Glen for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen on August 11.(NASCAR)(4-22-2013)
Darrell Waltrip Named Grand Marshal of Toyota/Save Mart 350: Legendary driver Darrell Waltrip, a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Sonoma Raceway, June 21-23. The event marks the series' 25th annual event in Sonoma. Waltrip will be honored on Friday, June 21, of race weekend at the Children's Champions Grand Marshal's Banquet at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma. The gala is a fundraiser for the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. He will also take part in pre-race activities on Sunday, June 23, and participate in the official command of, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines." Waltrip, who currently serves as the lead analyst for NASCAR on FOX, is a three-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion with 84 Cup Series victories, tying him for third with Bobby Allison on all-time list. He is the winner of the 1989 Daytona 500 and the only five-time winner of the Coca-Cola 600 (1978, '79, '85, '88 and '89) at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "I am honored to have my name associated with Sonoma Raceway," said Waltrip, who was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2005. "I've always loved road racing both as an active driver and as a broadcaster. Sonoma is such an historic race track that when we got to go there with stock cars 25 years ago, it was magical. It's a great race track in the beautiful Northern California wine country."
"Darrell is not only one of the greatest drivers in the history of our sport, but also one of the most popular personalities. He'll be a terrific addition as we celebrate the 25th running of NASCAR in Sonoma," said Steve Page, president and general manager of Sonoma Raceway. "He's been a welcome guest in America's living rooms during the NASCAR broadcasts and we will be honored to have him as our guest and Grand Marshal in June." Great ticket options are still available for the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in Sonoma, including the Silver Celebration Special, which includes a $25 savings and limited-edition die-cast car. Visit www.racesonoma.com/nascar or call 800-870-RACE for details.(Sonoma)(4-19-2013)
NASCAR Weekend in Sonoma Features Silver Celebration: It seems like just yesterday Ricky Rudd and Rusty Wallace were swapping paint along the hillside at Turn 7 at the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Sonoma in 1989. Rudd survived the battle and took the checkers by just .05 seconds over Wallace in what is still the closest margin of victory for a NASCAR Cup race at Sonoma Raceway. That race included legends like Dale Earnhardt, Bill Elliott and Richard Petty, among others. Fast-forward to 2013 and stock-car racing is alive and well in Northern California as Sonoma Raceway celebrates the 25th running of the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 21-23.
The raceway has plenty in store for race fans in honor of this very special weekend, including: Silver Celebration Ticket, Silver Celebration Q&A, Historic Stock Car Display, Web-site special photo galleries and commentary, Social Media contests & special driver ticket giveaways and Bring on the Jets a very special 25-minute jet show on Sunday, June 23, by the Patriots Jet Team. This special weekend can mean only one thing: tickets will go fast. Act today by calling the raceway at 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit racesonoma.com/nascar for the latest information regarding the Silver Celebration of NASCAR in Sonoma.(Somona Raceway)(3-26-2013)
Sad News - John Cardinale: Sonoma Raceway vice president for media and community relations John Cardinale, 47, lost his battle with stomach cancer this week.(SPEED & The Spectrum)
AND from Sonoma Raceway "We are saddened to share that we have lost our dear friend and colleague, John Cardinale. He passed away at home with his family after a two-year battle with gastric cancer. John was 47 years old and is survived by his wife, Andrea, and their two daughters. For those who would like to make a donation in John's honor, a memorial fund has been set up on behalf of his family. Donations may be sent to the John Cardinale Memorial Fund, care of Sonoma Raceway, 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476. We will share information on services and other arrangements as they become available."
Thoughts from Steve Page, president & general manager of Sonoma Raceway: "There is a hole in the heart of this organization. John Cardinale was as true a friend, as loyal a colleague, as devoted a husband and father and as fine a human being as you could ever hope to know. John has been a part of every good thing that has happened at this track over the last 15 years. We are all so fortunate to have had him in our lives and to have shared in his intelligence, his wit, his integrity and his brave spirit."(Sonoma Raceway).(3-22-2013)
Sonoma Raceway Opens Ticket Windows for 2013 Season: The wait is finally over for anxious race fans as Sonoma Raceway has officially opened its ticket windows for the 2013 motor-racing season. Tickets are now on sale for all major events on the 2013 calendar, including the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (June 21-23); NHRA Sonoma Nationals (July 26-28); GoPro Indy® Grand Prix of Sonoma (Aug. 23-25); and the FIA World Touring Car Championship (Sept. 7-8). The 2013 calendar will also include the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival (May 18-19); NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel (July 19-21); and the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge (Oct. 5-6). This year's Historics race weekend will be highlighted by the 60th anniversary of the Corvette. Fans can purchase individual or weekend tickets as well as special ticket packages for all 2013 major events by calling 800-870-RACE (7223), visiting an account representative at the raceway or by purchasing tickets online at racesonoma.com/tickets. Camping is also available for all major events.(Sonoma Raceway)(1-18-2013)
Gary Phillips Named VP of Marketing at Sonoma Raceway: Gary Phillips, who has led the ticket sales operation at Sonoma Raceway for 10 years, has been named the raceway's Vice President of Marketing. Phillips will oversee all marketing and advertising for the raceway's major events, including NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA drag races, as well as other strategic initiatives for building company revenue. Phillips is a 1993 graduate from UC Davis. He lives in Walnut Creek in the East Bay with his wife Kristen, and their three children.(Sonoma Raceway)(1-12-2013)
Children Attend Race to the Holidays Christmas Party at Sonoma: More than 500 people enjoyed a day of holiday cheer at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday at the 8th annual Race to the Holidays Christmas Party. The raceway hosted more than 230 Sonoma Valley children and their families at the event, which featured caroling, refreshments, a car display, balloon animals and a visit from Santa Claus, who arrived via special transportation on a Schell-Vista Fire Department fire truck. The event, which has attracted more than 1,800 children since its inception in 2005, culminated with Santa Claus presenting each child with a bag full of toys. Children ranged in age from newborn to 12-years-old.
"I had so much fun today," said Sonoma's Angeles Qunitero, six years old. "My favorite part was getting a gift, getting a stuffed animal and seeing Santa." The festive event was held under cloudy skies, but all of the children left the raceway with new toys and wide smiles. Following the toy distribution, everyone was treated to a free lunch at the Raceway Café. "This is a great opportunity for these families, some of whom cannot afford gifts this year," said Maria Calvillo, receptionist and client resource assistant at La Luz Center in Sonoma. "It's been a really tough year for some of them, so this means a lot." All children who attended the party were pre-registered through six Sonoma Valley youth groups, including: Friends in Sonoma Helping; La Luz Center; Sonoma Valley High School Teen Parent Program; Valley of the Moon Boys and Girls Club; Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance; and the WillMar Family Grief and Healing Center.
The raceway received a generous outpouring of support from the community as more than 700 toys were donated for the party. Some of the drop-off locations included: Sonoma Valley Index Tribune; Sonoma Valley Sun; Gundlach-Bundschu Winery; Schell-Vista Fire Department; Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce; the Sonoma Valley Fire Department; and Redwood Credit Union. The raceway also received toy donations from United Site Services and the Sonoma Valley Mother's Club, as well as toothbrushes and toothpaste for each child from the American Red Cross.(Sonoma Raceway)(12-16-2012)
Sonoma Raceway Food Drive Nets more than 9,000 Pounds: Sonoma Raceway distributed more than 9,000 pounds of non-perishable food items to Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH) and the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks on Monday following the raceway's 12th annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. In total, the raceway distributed 9,249 pounds of food, bringing the 12-year total to more than 46,700 pounds of non-perishable food items delivered to area food banks.(Sonoma Raceway)(11-20-2012)
Sonoma and NASCAR Plant 58 Trees: Four Vacaville public schools will be a bit more "green," thanks to the raceway in Sonoma and NASCAR. Fifty-eight trees were donated to the Vacaville Unified School District through "NASCAR Green Clean Air" - an initiative that neutralizes all the carbon produced by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. The trees will be distributed between Markham Elementary School, Orchard Elementary School, Browns Valley Elementary School and Vacaville High School. A ceremonial planting of three live trees was held on Friday at Markham Elementary School, and was attended by Vacaville Unified School District Superintendent John Niederkorn, Markham Elementary School Principal Manolo Garcia, Buckeye Nursery's Kim Bertotti, raceway representatives and several students. The raceway, which hosts an annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event each June, has participated in NASCAR's Green Clean Air program since 2009. The initiative plants trees for every green flag waved during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. There were three green flags at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 in Sonoma last June, so 58 trees (30 western arborvitae, 20 pear trees and eight California redwoods) are being planted at the Vacaville Schools. Past beneficiaries of this program have included Roseland Creek Elementary in Santa Rosa, City Park in Vallejo and Petaluma Junior High School. NASCAR purchased the trees from Buckeye Nursery, a Women's Business Enterprise National Council-certified business in Petaluma.(Sonoma)(10-15-2012)
Sonoma Recycles Nearly 11,000 Pounds of Materials: The raceway in Sonoma has reaffirmed its position as an industry leader in recycling, collecting nearly 11,000 pounds of materials during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, June 22-24. The raceway partnered with the Conservation Corps North Bay to collect more than five tons of material throughout the race weekend, including aluminum, glass, plastic and mixed material. The raceway has collected more than 272 tons of materials (545,745 pounds) since the inception of its recycling program in 2004. In addition, the raceway partners with NASCAR on the Green Clean Air program, which is designed to help capture the carbon emissions produced by racing. NASCAR will donate a minimum of 50 trees following this year's Toyota/Save Mart 350 event. More info at acceleratingsustainableperformance.com.(Sonoma)(7-31-2012)
More than $140,000 raised for youth groups during Sonoma race weekend Charitable events combined to raise more than $140,000 for Sonoma County youth groups during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at the raceway in Sonoma, June 22-24. Most of the proceeds will benefit the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of the raceway, which has distributed more than $4.1 million to qualified youth groups in Sonoma County since 2001. The Children's Champions Grand Marshal's Banquet generated $100,000, while the 10th annual eBay Motors Charity Auction, which was hosted in the Wine Country Winner's Circle on NASCAR Sunday, raised more than $30,000. More than $14,000 was also generated through various donations throughout the weekend, including $5,000 garnered from Great Clips haircuts for charity and a $5,000 donation on behalf of the Transporter Drivers of Motorsports Association (TDMA), who participated in the 2nd annual NASCAR Hauler Parade in Sacramento on June 21. The top-selling item at the eBay Motors Charity Auction was a signed helmet by several NASCAR drivers, which netted $4,500. Other top selling items included a Jeff Gordon Ride of a Lifetime experience ($3,200) and a Kevin Harvick-signed Budweiser helmet and case ($1,700).(Sonoma PR)(7-3-2012)
NASCAR Legends to be honored at Sonoma: Legendary drivers Donnie Allison and Marvin Panch will be featured throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, with a special autograph and question-and-answer session in the Wine Country Winner's Circle at 1:30 p.m., on Friday, and at the Club 7 trackside bar and lounge on Sunday morning. They will also be featured during pre-event ceremonies on Sunday.
Allison, 72, raced in an era which featured him, his brother (Bobby) and Red Farmer as the "Alabama Gang," which started out riding into short tracks and shooting down the competition. They also ran with Richard Petty, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough and others on the superspeedways.
Panch, 86, a Wisconsin native who also lived in Oakland for a while, had 17 wins, 21 poles, and 96 top-five finishes in 216 starts and was voted as one of NASCAR's 50 greatest drivers. He entered the scene in the early era as NASCAR was just getting started, running against familiar historical figures like Fireball Roberts, Junior Johnson, Joe Weatherly and Curtis Turner. The raceway began its NASCAR Legends program with Bobby Allison and Ned Jarrett in 2011.(Sonoma Magazine)(6-22-2012)
Bay Area Jet Team, Tony La Russa Highlight Festivities at Sonoma: Race fans will be treated to the best air show on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit, as well as one of the greatest managers in Major League Baseball history at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Sunday, June 24. The Patriots Jet Team, the nation's only civilian aerobatic jet team, will highlight the festivities for a seventh consecutive year with gloss black Aero L-39 Albatros jets and signature red, white and blue smoke trails. The Patriots, based in Bryon in East Contra Costa County, will utilize six of these jets in the show on Sunday of NASCAR weekend. You can catch their electrifying 25-minute show in the skies above the raceway at 10:50 am/pt. Tony La Russa will serve as Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 and help give the command of, "Drivers Start Your Engines." La Russa will be honored on Friday night of race weekend at the Children's Champions Grand Marshal's Banquet at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma. The gala is a fundraiser for the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. Race fans will also be treated to a performance of the National Anthem by the University of California Marching Band, plus rides on a 70-foot ferris wheel, an expansive vendor midway, Q&A sessions with NASCAR legends Donnie Allison and Marvin Panch and more during race weekend. Tickets are available for the races for $25-$130 single day/$99-$180 weekend; parking is free. Discounts for military. Information at 800-870-RACE (7223) and racesonoma.com/nascar.(Sonoma)(6-20-2012)
NASCAR Hauler Parade in Sacramento, June 21: More than 50 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers will rumble through the streets of Sacramento at the 2nd NASCAR Hauler Parade, June 21. The NASCAR haulers, which will be en route to Sonoma for the Toyota Save Mart 350, June 22-24, will make their way over the Tower Bridge and around the State Capitol to greet Northern California NASCAR fans ready for big race in Sonoma. The parade will begin promptly at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 21. More info, route list and map at racesonoma.com.(6-18-2012)
Gourmet Food Trucks Join Line Up at Sonoma: The latest food craze is coming to Sonoma, and race fans will have a chance to enjoy the bounty during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event weekend, June 22-24. The raceway, along with on-site caterer Levy Restaurants, will host more than 15 Bay Area gourmet food trucks during race weekend, giving fans a chance to sample a variety of local cuisine while enjoying the races. It will be the largest gathering of food trucks ever hosted at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. The Mobile Gourmet (the-mobile-gourmet.com) has worked with the raceway to gather the best gourmet food trucks in the Bay Area for an outdoor bistro-style atmosphere suited for race fans, foodies and food-truck gurus alike. During race weekend, the food trucks will line the hillside above Turn 9 of the road course, making it the perfect pit stop to sample everything from wood-fired pizza to ice cream to hand-rolled sushi. For more information or to purchase tickets for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in Sonoma, visit racesonoma.com or call (800) 870-RACE (7223).(Sonoma)(6-18-2012)
Tony La Russa named Grand Marshal of Toyota/Save Mart 350: Tony La Russa, one of the greatest managers in the history of Major League Baseball, has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Infineon Raceway, June 22-24. La Russa will be honored on Friday, June 22, of race weekend at the Children's Champions Grand Marshal's Banquet at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma. The gala is a fundraiser for the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. He will also take part in pre-race activities on Sunday, June 24, and participate in the official command of, "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines." La Russa, who still calls the Bay Area home, posted three World Series victories during his 33-year managerial career, one coming with the Oakland Athletics (1989) and two with the St. Louis Cardinals, most recently in 2011. His other world championship with the Cardinals came in 2006. He retired after the 2011 season.(Sonoma Raceway)(5-10-2012)
Infineon Raceway and NASCAR Plant 77 Trees at a school: Roseland Creek Elementary School will be a little more "green", thanks to both Infineon Raceway and NASCAR. The North Bay school, which is currently under construction and slated to open for the 2013 school year, received a donation of 77 trees through "NASCAR Green Clean Air" - an initiative that neutralizes all the carbon produced by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. A ceremonial planting of three live oak trees was held on Friday at the future site of Roseland Creek Elementary School and attended by Santa Rosa Mayor Ernesto Olivares, Roseland Creek Elementary School Principal, William Nilsen, Superintendant of Roseland Public Schools, Gail Ahlas, representatives from Infineon Raceway and several future elementary school students. Infineon Raceway, which hosts an annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event each June, has participated in NASCAR's Green Clean Air program since 2009. The initiative plants trees for every green flag waved during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. There were six green flags at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway last June, so 77 trees (31 live oak and 46 maple) are being planted at Roseland Creek Elementary School.
NASCAR purchased the trees from Buckeye Nursery, a Women's Business Enterprise National Council-certified business in Petaluma. The program dovetails well with Infineon Raceway's Accelerating Sustainable Performance program, which includes an annual summit of sustainability industry leaders, a major solar installation, comprehensive recycling program, water conservation efforts and the use of sheep to maintain the grasses and fire lanes around the raceway, among others.(Infineon Raceway)(4-23-2012)
Infineon Raceway Breaks Guinness World Records Record: More than 70 cars convened at Infineon Raceway on Tuesday to break the Guinness World Records Record for Most Cars Performing Donuts Simultaneously. Seventy-five cars performed simultaneous donuts for more than 15 seconds, breaking the previous world record of 57 cars, which was set in Queensland, Australia, in 2010. Evidence of the claim was documented and will be sent to Guinness World Records for final verification. The cars were piloted by drifters from across Northern California who participate in the raceway's weekly Sonoma Drift powered by NOS program. The program, which is in its second consecutive year, provides drifters a safe, legal and controlled environment in which to hone their skills.(Infineon Raceway)(3-24-2012)
Infineon dropping naming-rights deal with Sonoma: For the second time in recent years, a Speedway Motorsports Inc. facility has lost its naming-rights sponsorship. On Tuesday, it was reported that Infineon Technologies is pulling its name from the Sonoma, Calif., road course when its contract expires in May. The track was known as Sears Point Raceway until June 2002, then Infineon Raceway until this week. The 10-year deal was reportedly worth $34.4 million to SMI. Vice president for marketing and communications John Cardinale told the Sports Business Journal that the speedway has several companies interested in assuming the naming rights. "There are three or four companies we're talking to," he said. "I wouldn't say they're ready to sign, but they're certainly interested. After the 2009 NASCAR season, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse Inc. chose not to renew its naming rights at what was known before--as it is now--as Charlotte Motor Speedway. The track had been called Lowe's Motor Speedway since the 1998 season. With Lowe's and Infineon pulling their naming rights, the only NASCAR track that still has a commercial sponsor is Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.(Autoweek)(3-7-2012)
Daytona 500 winner to visit San Francisco: Race fans are invited to legendary Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco on Thursday, March 1, for a midday rally with the winner of the 2012 Daytona 500, #17-Matt Kenseth. The winner of the Great American Race will come to San Francisco for a fourth straight year to meet with race fans and take a San Francisco Victory Tour, courtesy of Infineon Raceway and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The appearance in San Francisco also marks the Official Countdown to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Infineon Raceway, June 22-24.
The Victory Tour on March 1 will take place on a motorized vintage cable car and begin at Vista Point at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge. The driver will enjoy:
- A scenic view from the North Vista Point before departing for a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge .
- A stop to crack Dungeness crab at legendary Fisherman's Grotto No. 9 at Fisherman's Wharf.
- A final stop at Ghirardelli Square and the chance to build a one-of-a-kind 'Sundae, Sundae, Sundae' at the Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. The item will even qualify for a spot on the Ghirardelli Ice Cream Fountain menu.
Finally, the champion will take part in a press conference and fan rally that will be open to the public in the West Plaza at Ghirardelli Square. Race fans who purchase a Total Access Package to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 (June 24) prior to March 1 will receive access to a preferred section at the fan rally and may have the opportunity to ask the Daytona 500 winner a question. This is open to the first 50 fans who purchase the Total Access Package, which includes a Sunday reserved seat in the Turn 2 Earnhardt Terrace and a Pre-Race Pit & Track Pass for just $145. Call 800-870-RACE (7223) to speak with one of our race specialists to secure your NASCAR ticket, as well as preferred access to the fan rally with the Daytona 500 winner. The Victory Tour will begin at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge (Vista Point) at approximately 10:45 a.m. (PT), and plans are to arrive at Ghirardelli Square at around 11:30 a.m. for the rally.(Infineon Raceway)(2-28-2012)
New Ticket Operations Manager named at Infineon Raceway: Michael Re has been named Ticket Operations Manager at Infineon Raceway, raceway officials announced. Re, who has more than 25 years of ticketing experience, will manage and oversee all aspects of ticket operations and services, including policies and procedures related to ticket sales, pricing and allocation. He will also coordinate accounting procedures on behalf of the ticketing department, oversee the maintenance of the ticketing system and will oversee customer service functions. Some of Re's most noted accomplishments include working as the Director of Ticket Operations for the Oakland A's during the 1987 All Star Game and 1989 World Series. Re currently resides in San Ramon.(Infineon Raceway)(2-11-2012)
Ultimate Access, Value with Track Pass for 2012 Race Season at Infineon Raceway: Race fans who have dreamed about taking a heart-pounding lap around the Infineon Raceway road course or getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the stars of NASCAR during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 can make those dreams a reality in 2012. If all-access and value is what you crave, then Infineon Raceway's 2012 Track Pass is the ticket package for you. You'll secure the best seats for all seven major events during the 2012 Big O Tires Racing Season, including NASCAR (June 22-24), NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing (July 27-29), IZOD IndyCar Series (Aug. 24-26), the U.S. debut of the FIA World Touring Car Championship (Sept. 21-23), motorcycles, historic car racing and more. The Track Pass is valued at more than $1,000, but the raceway is selling them for just $425. That's a savings of more than 50-percent.(Infineon Raceway)(1-23-2012)
Pollen promoted to Director of Marketing at Infineon Raceway: Rachal Pollen has been promoted to Director of Marketing at Infineon Raceway, raceway officials announced. In her new role, Pollen will help oversee the planning and execution of all marketing initiatives at the raceway, including the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and IZOD IndyCar Series race weekends. Pollen, 31, has been employed at Infineon Raceway since 1999, serving as Senior Manager of Marketing since 2006.(Infineon Raceway)(1-21-2012)
Brennan named Director of Media Relations at Infineon: Diana Brennan has been promoted to Director of Media and Community Relations at Infineon Raceway, raceway officials announced. In her new role, Brennan will help oversee the planning and execution of all media and community relations events at the raceway, including the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and IZOD IndyCar Series race weekends. Brennan, 32, has been employed at Infineon Raceway since 1999, serving as Senior Manager of Media and Community Relations since 2006.(Infineon Raceway)(1-13-2012)
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