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was Infineon Raceway June 22, 2002 thru May 31, 2012
before that was known as Sears Point
as of June 2012 it is known simply as Sonoma

Mailing Address:
Highways 37 & 121
Sonoma, California 95476

Street Address:
29305 Arnold Dr.
Sonoma, California 95476

Phone: (800) 870-RACE

Track Specs:
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

Track Websites and Social Media:
Sonoma Raceway
Speedway Motorsports
Race Sonoma - Facebook
Race Sonoma - Twitter
Sonoma Raceway - Youtube
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info


    Track Records & Stats

  • June 2015 Race Winner: #18-Kyle Busch, 74.774mph, started 11th

  • 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 2015 Pole Winner: #47-AJ Allmendinger, 96.310mph, finished 37th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Kyle Larson, 6/27/2015, 96.568mph (current layout)(1st round of qualifying)

  • 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 starting pos 1: 5 [of 27 races]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 30: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 32: 1
  • Races won from the top 5: 15 of 27

  • Races won from the top 10: 19 of 27

  • Road Course Wins: All-Time
    Driver, Wins
    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
    Kyle Busch, 3*
    Ernie Irvan, 3
    Geoff Bodine, 3
    Tim Flock, 3
    Cale Yarborough, 3
    * active
    (6-28-2015)

  • 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)


Track News and Announcements

  • Sonoma Nets More Than $236,000 for Local Youth Groups: Charitable programs combined to raise more than $236,000 for Sonoma County youth groups during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Sonoma Raceway, June 26-28. 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 $4.8 million to local youth-serving non-profit groups since 2001. The Children's Champions Grand Marshal's Banquet generated over $150,000, while the Ride-of-a-Lifetime Charity Auction, which was hosted online this year, raised almost $9,000. A special live auction was held the night of the banquet for a Ride-of-a-Lifetime experience with Jeff Gordon, which pulled in $10,000; the largest donation ever for a Ride-of-a-Lifetime in Sonoma. High bidders in the Ride of a Lifetime promotion accompany NASCAR drivers around the track on race-day as part of the driver introduction ceremonies.(Sonoma Raceway)(7-3-2015)

  • Kyle Busch wins at Sonoma: #18-Kyle Busch won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway for his 1st win of the season, 2nd win at Sonoma, 4th road course win and 30th career win. It is crew chief Adam Stevens' first Sprint Series win as a crew chief.
    #41-Busch finished 2nd followed by #15-Bowyer, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #5-Kahne, #31-Newman and #9-Hornish Jr.
    #48-Johnson led late in the race when the caution came out for #13-Mears broken axle. Most of the leaders pitted but Johnson stayed out. After the restart, #18-Busch started 7th, passing five cars before catching Johnson on lap 106 to take the lead and held off his brother, #41-Busch to win the race. Johnson finished 6th. It was the first time then Busch brothers have finished 1-2 in their Sprint Cup Series careers.
    Pole winner #47-Allmendinger led 1 lap and ran up front most of the day until having fuel problems on lap 60. Allmendinger's team made repairs and he came back out to finish 37th, 12 laps off the pace.
    Harvick increases the drivers points lead to 53 points over #78-Truex Jr. who finished 42nd after an early wreck.
    #18-Busch now has 125 points and is 37rth in drivers points. To get in the Chase, he needs to be in the top 30.
    Busch is 136 points out of 30th and needs around a 14th average finish to crack the top 30 in the 10 races before the Chase.
    There were 9 lead changes among 5 drivers. There were 5 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 74.774mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(6-28-2015)

  • Save Mart Supermarkets Signs Multi-Year Sponsorship Extension with Sonoma Raceway: Save Mart Supermarkets has signed a multi-year agreement to continue as co-title sponsor of the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway, extending the raceway's most enduring commercial sponsorship. Save Mart Supermarkets' status as either title or co-title sponsor of the annual Cup event in Sonoma is one of the longest runs in all of NASCAR Cup racing. The new agreement is for five years, extending through 2020. First partnering with the raceway in 1992, Save Mart will celebrate its 25th anniversary as a race sponsor in Sonoma in 2016.
    "Our relationship with Sonoma Raceway has become part of the Save Mart culture. We're thrilled to extend this tradition for several years to come," said Nicole Pesco, co-president and chief strategy and branding officer of Save Mart. New for 2015, Save Mart will debut the Save Mart/Lucky Breaking Zone during race weekend. This all-new fan display will be the hub of social media activity, including a place for fans to charge their phones, take a picture in the photo booth and share race-day memories. Fans will also enjoy Q&As with drivers and NASCAR personalities, music and more.
    "This partnership has evolved and grown in so many ways over the years, but it still boils down to both companies delivering consistent value to NASCAR fans, grocery shoppers and to the outstanding team of Save Mart, Lucky and FoodMaxx employees," said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. "We are dedicating this season to Bob Piccinini with whom this partnership originated, and we look forward to carrying Bob's legacy forward in the years to come."
    Save Mart served as title sponsor of the NASCAR Cup event from 1992-1997. It has combined with partners as co-title sponsor of the event since 1998. The event has been known as the Toyota/Save Mart 350 since 2007. The raceway also unveiled a new granite monument at the corner of the Turn 11 Lawn, which renames the area Piccinini Plaza, in honor of the Piccinini family's legacy at Sonoma Raceway. Bob Piccinini, Save Mart's Chairman and CEO passed away earlier this year. Save Mart has hosted hospitality for its employees and clients in this area since the beginning of its sponsorship.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-27-2015)

  • NHTSA Named Title Sponsor of NASCAR Pole Day at Sonoma: Sonoma Raceway and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will highlight the importance of tire safety this weekend during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend in Sonoma. NHTSA, which was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970, will serve as title sponsor of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying for "Drive for Safety Pole Day" on Saturday, June 27. NHTSA is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety and works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial. NHTSA recommends keeping your tires properly inflated for safety and fuel efficiency, as well as important tire maintenance like rotation, balance and alignment to help your tires last longer. Remember the 5 "PARTS" TO DRIVE-Pressure, Alignment, Rotation, Tread, and Size. Sonoma Raceway joins NASCAR and NHTSA in their Drive for Safety, a partnership focused on promoting life-saving highway safety and vehicle safety messages. The program will highlight topics including distracted driving, seat belts, tire safety and five-star crash ratings throughout the 2015 NASCAR season. The agreement also includes digital and social media programming to raise awareness for the Drive for Safety campaign, signage, promotional rights and other assets during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 event weekend in Sonoma.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-26-2015)

  • Toyota/Save Mart 350 to Feature Aerial Pre-Race Show, New Fan Amenities: Sonoma Raceway has put together an unforgettable pre-race show featuring everything from jets to aeronautical aerobatics to live music entertainment. Pre-race will also include a tribute to Northern California native, #24-Jeff Gordon, who will take his final green flag in Sonoma as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. The raceway has also joined with its sponsors to offer two great new fan amenities: the Lucky/Save Mart Breaking Zone and three Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood shade areas featuring redwood arbors. There will be plenty of on-track action throughout the day, so fans should be sure to get tickets and arrive early, as pre-race entertainment will get underway at 10:00am on Sunday, June 28.
    Listed below is what fans can expect during this year's pre-race show:
    Team Chambliss - Red Bull Air Race World Championships, 10:25 a.m. Team Chambliss from the Red Bull Air Race World Championships will delight fans in a Zivko Edge 540 with a show of high speed, low altitude aeronautical aerobatics.
    Pre-Race Concert by Lindsay Bruce, 10:30 a.m.
    Born and raised in nearby Santa Rosa, singer-songwriter Lindsay Bruce is the voice of California country. In 2014, Bruce beat out more than 60,000 hopefuls, landing a spot on Season 6 of The Voice, joining Team Shakira and working with Miranda Lambert. Bruce will perform a three-song set as well as God Bless America during pre-race festivities.
    Jeff Gordon Tributes, 10:45 a.m.
    Jeff Gordon is the undisputed king of the road course with five wins and five pole positions in wine country, the most of any driver. Sonoma has always been a special place for Gordon and Sonoma Raceway has put together a special tribute, both in the air and on-screen, for the Vallejo native. Fans should also be sure to wave their Hometown Hero rally towels on lap 24, in honor of Gordon.
    Patriots Jet Team Air Show, 10:50 a.m.
    The Patriots Jet Team will electrify race fans with a 25-minute air show just one-hour before the green flag drops! The demonstration will feature six-L-39 albatross jets strutting their fast-paced formation flying, choreographed six-jet diamond-formation aerobatic maneuvers and their signature "Tail Slide."
    Driver Introductions, 11:25 a.m.
    The field of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will walk the "cat walk" before taking their pre-race parade lap. Be sure you've purchased your Pre-Race Pit & Track Pass to get an up-close look at driver introductions.
    Save Mart Giant Shopping Cart
    Save Mart Supermarkets will take its giant 12-foot shopping cart for a lap around the road course.
    National Anthem performed by Morgan Karr, Noon
    Award-winning singer/songwriter Morgan Karr will perform the national anthem. Karr, a native of Nashville, will appear in concert in Transcendence Theatre's "Under the Stars" at Landmark Vineyards, Aug. 1-2.
    Anthem Flyover Provided by Naval Air Station Lemoore
    Central California's Naval Air Station Lemoore will provide two jets that will soar through the sky immediately following the national anthem.
    Drivers, Start Your Engines!
    Following all of this incredible entertainment, it's time to fire up the engines for 110 laps on the Sonoma Valley road course! Toyota/Save Mart 350 Grand Marshal Kevin Jorgeson, who captured the world's attention with his free climb of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park earlier this year, will help give the command.
    Command Flyover
    This year's command fly-by will feature a P-40N Warhawk and three P-51D Mustang fighter planes. The planes have been brought together by VINTAGE AIRCRAFT, which is based at the Schellville Airport, Sonoma County.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger to Drive Pace Car
    Famed actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will drive a zero-emission 2016 Toyota Mirai pace car to kick off the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Schwarzenegger, whose newest movie, Terminator Genisys, will be released on July 1, will lead the field of 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock cars around the twists and turns of Sonoma Raceway to kick off the 110-lap feature.
    Toyota Mirai Pace Car
    Schwarzenegger will pilot a 2016 Toyota Mirai to pace the field. The Mirai is a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle that can travel up to 300 miles in a single five-minute fill up; it will be the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle used as a pace car in Sonoma.
    Enhanced Fan Amenities
    NEW! Save Mart/Lucky Breaking Zone
    The Save Mart/Lucky Breaking Zone is the one-stop shop for rest, relaxation and interactive fun during race weekend. This all-new fan display in the main paddock will be the hub of social media activity, including a phone charging station, Q&As with drivers and NASCAR personalities, music and much more!
    NEW! Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck
    This exclusive club setting at Turn 2 features a 134-foot Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood deck perched over one of the most dramatic views in racing and includes a private bar and dedicated food and beverage service.(Ticketed)
    NEW! Relax in the Shade at Turns 2 and 9
    Sonoma Raceway has teamed up with Humboldt Redwood Company to construct two new "Grill Garden" seating and shade areas where fans can relax, cool off and enjoy a bite to eat during race weekend. These new areas, featuring redwood arbors, are located at Turn 2, near The Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck, and above the Turn 9 Terrace on the road course.
    Tickets, parking and transportation are all still available for the Toyota/Save Mart weekend, June 26-28. For more information, call 800-870-7223, visit www.RaceSonoma.com.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-25-2015)

  • Sonoma Raceway Traffic Advisory: Sonoma Raceway and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) unveiled their plans to mitigate race-day traffic on area roadways during this weekend'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, and 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. Traffic on the surrounding roadways is expected to be most affected during the following days/times:
    · Friday, June 26: 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
    · Saturday, June 27: Moderate traffic expected with lane controls in place all day
    · Sunday, June 28: Non-race fans should avoid the area all day
    The heaviest traffic is expected on Sunday, and race fans heading to the track are advised to arrive early (gates open at 7 a.m.) to avoid traffic and enjoy the complete race-day experience. A primary focus is to educate non-race attendees about alternate 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 initiatives include:
    A total of 46 changeable message signs will be distributed along highways up to a 15-mile radius around the facility directing ambient traffic away from Highways 37 and 121.
    Widespread distribution of traffic warnings, including maps and alternate routes, to local restaurants, hotels and wineries for both residents and visitors.
    Seven signs placed along Highway 121 to direct raceway guests to the appropriate entry gate. The signs will also help explain lane delineation for raceway and Sonoma/Napa traffic.
    The raceway will employ a traffic manager, who will work closely with a CHP officer to provide real-time direction to maximize ingress and egress for raceway traffic.
    Sonoma Raceway has worked closely with the CHP and Caltrans to develop and execute this plan, which will utilize more than 30 CHP and Caltrans workers on race day. The raceway also encourages guests to explore two of its most popular mass transit options, including the 3rd annual Raceway Fun Train from Sacramento, which will bring nearly 700 race fans to the track by rail, and the SportsFan Express bus program, which is slated to bring in more than 1,000 fans from 29 locations around Northern California.
    To ensure sufficient parking for its disabled guests, Sonoma Raceway will again work with the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office on a stringent placard check. Sheriffs will check each car and driver for its Handicap Placard, matching paperwork with name and placard number and a valid Driver's License. Persons displaying fake or placards that are not their own will be fined, ticketed and required to appear in court. For more information about the Toyota/Save Mart 350, Sonoma Raceway's traffic plan, best routes to and from the race and transportation options, visit www.racesonoma.com/traffic or call 800-870-7223.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-24-2015)

  • NASCAR Hauler Parade Rumbles Through Sacramento, June 25: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series haulers will rumble through the streets of Sacramento at the 5th annual NASCAR Hauler Parade on Thursday, June 25. The NASCAR haulers, which will be en route to Sonoma Raceway for this year's Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 26-28, 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 25, as the haulers depart their staging area and cross the Tower Bridge, heading for the State Capitol. The new route is as follows:
    Cross Tower Bridge towards Capitol Mall.
    Right turn on 3rd 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 2:00pm. 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, giveaways and tickets for the big race. This will be the heart of the action. For the fifth consecutive year, State Senator Jim Nielsen will be on hand to present to the president of the Transporter Drivers of Motorsports Association (TDMA) an official State Assembly Proclamation, officially naming June 25, 2014, "NASCAR Day" in the City of Sacramento. A $5,000 donation will also be made to the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, on behalf of the Transporter Drivers of Motorsports Association. For tickets or more information on the Toyota/Save Mart 350, visit racesonoma.com/nascar or call 800-870-RACE (7223).(6-23-2015)

  • Tito's Handmade Vodka named official sponsor of Sonoma Raceway: Race fans can enjoy more than your typical trackside beverage during the upcoming race season in Sonoma, as Tito's Handmade Vodka has been named an official sponsor of Sonoma Raceway. Tito's Handmade Vodka, which is produced in Austin, Texas' first and oldest legal distillery, will host a full-service bar at all three major race weekends in Sonoma this summer, including the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NHRA Sonoma Nationals and GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series season finale. The full-service bar will offer race-themed vodka drinks, including Tito's Texas Blood Mary, Raceway Lemonade and The American Mule. Tito's will also be featured at satellite concession stands around the facility at all three events. The agreement also includes vendor display, signage and other assets during race weekends. Tito's Handmade Vodka will also be available for purchase through Levy Restaurants in all hospitality menus throughout the year.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-13-2015)

  • Sonoma to pay tribute to Jeff Gordon: Northern California's Jeff Gordon is the undisputed king of Sonoma Raceway, and this year's Toyota/Save Mart 350 will mark the NASCAR legend's final visit to the challenging road course as a full-time driver in the Sprint Cup Series. Gordon, a native of nearby Vallejo, has had more success at Sonoma than any other NASCAR driver. He holds almost every significant NASCAR track record in Sonoma, including most wins (five), most pole positions (five), most top-five finishes (14) and most laps led (440). In 22 Sonoma starts, Gordon has 17 top-10 finishes, including nine consecutive top-10 finishes, and is the top money earner at $3,307,604. To pay homage to the four-time Cup Series champion, Sonoma Raceway has put together a number of tributes to its "Hometown Hero." Gordon will be front and center for fans during a Q&A session on Saturday of race weekend at 9:00am on the start/finish line. All Track Pass season ticket holders, weekend-pass holders and campers receive a free credential for stage-front access to the Q&A. Fans who have already purchased a Sunday ticket can get a Saturday ticket for just $24, which includes access to the Main Grandstand to watch the Q&A. Two of Gordon's vintage race cars will be on display all weekend behind the main grandstand for fans to enjoy. Sonoma Raceway has also prepared a special tribute video to Gordon, which will be shown during pre-race ceremonies. Fans can also pick up two commemorative Gordon items during the race weekend. The first 10,000 fans to enter the gates on race day, Sunday, June 28, will receive a free Hometown Hero rally towel to be waved on Lap 24 of the 110-lap feature. In addition, fans who download the Sonoma Raceway app will receive a free poster commemorating Gordon's dominance in Sonoma.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-12-2015)

  • West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame to induct new members: Long-time Sonoma Raceway spokesman John Cardinale will be inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame later this month. Cardinale and five other honorees will be inducted during a gala event at the Meritage Resort in Napa on Thursday, June 25, in conjunction with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR weekend at Sonoma Raceway, June 26-28. Cardinale, who passed away from gastric cancer in 2013, joined the raceway in 1998 and quickly established himself as one of the most respected representatives within the motorsports industry. He was promoted to Vice President of Media and Community Relations in 2003 and was well known for creative 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 posthumously receiving the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Spirit Award in May 2013. Joining Cardinale in the 2015 West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame class are a NASCAR driver, two crew chiefs and two team owners: Jerry Baxter is a crew chief at Kyle Busch Motorsports; late NASCAR driver Jason Leffler; late team owner Warren Razore; former Dale Earnhardt crew chief Doug Richert and team owner and race promoter Jim Williams. The West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, which inducted its inaugural class in 2002, was founded in 2001. It memorializes significant contributors to the sport's development and history - including designers, engineers, mechanics, drivers, racetrack owners, promoters, publicists and members of the motorsports media.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-10-2015)

  • Free Climber Kevin Jorgeson named grand marshal at Sonoma: Sonoma County native Kevin Jorgeson, who captured the world's attention with his free climb of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park earlier this year, has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway. Jorgeson, a Santa Rosa resident, and his climbing partner Tommy Caldwell accomplished the first-ever free climb of El Capitan's Dawn Wall in Yosemite, completing the 3,000-foot ascent after 19 days on the wall and six years of preparation. The duo scaled what is widely considered the most difficult rock climb in the world, using only their hands and feet, utilizing ropes and gear only to stop a fall. Jorgeson will be honored on Friday, June 26, 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 28, and participate in the official command of, "Drivers, Start Your Engines."(Sonoma Raceway)(6-6-2015)

  • Schwarzenegger to drive pace car at Sonoma: Actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will drive a 2016 Toyota Mirai pace car to kick off the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 28. Schwarzenegger, whose new film Terminator Genisys from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions will be released on July 1, will lead the field of 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock cars around the twists and turns of Sonoma Raceway to kick off the 110-lap feature. He will pilot a 2016 Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle that emits only water from its exhaust. It will be the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle used as a pace car in Sonoma. As Governor, Schwarzenegger championed and established California's Hydrogen Highway, the nation's first network of hydrogen fueling stations. This will mark the first time Schwarzenegger has served as an Official Pace Car Driver at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. He will also be recognized during pre-race ceremonies and greet each NASCAR driver on stage during driver introductions.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-5-2015)

  • Morris Distributing extends craft beer sponsorship with Sonoma: Sonoma Raceway fans will enjoy some of Northern California's most iconic craft beer brands when they visit the track this summer, as Morris Distributing returns as the Official Craft Beer of Sonoma Raceway. The fan-favorite sponsor will have multiple draft locations throughout the facility during the NASCAR, NHRA and INDYCAR event weekends. There will be a draft trailer stationed above Turn 9, the TAPS bar at the north end of the main grandstand and various draft trailers throughout the main paddock area. Race fans can enjoy six different craft beers and ales on tap from some of Northern California's most popular local breweries, including Bear Republic (Healdsburg), Lost Coast (Eureka), North Coast (Fort Bragg), Black Diamond (Concord), Sudwerk (Davis) and 101 North Brewing (Petaluma). The three-year partnership also includes tickets, signage, at-track promotional space and marketing assets.(Sonoma Raceway)(5-31-2015)

  • Save Mart Supermarkets offers free kids' tickets for Sonoma: For the first-time ever, Sonoma Raceway and Save Mart Supermarkets have teamed up to offer free admission to young race fans for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, June 28. For the fifth straight year, the raceway and supermarket chain will offer fans the lowest-priced Sunday reserved-seat ticket for NASCAR's only stop in Northern California for just $45. New for 2015, kids (12 and under) are free with the purchase of an adult ticket at Save Mart Supermarkets or Lucky stores. That means a family of four could enjoy NASCAR in Sonoma for as little as $90. The reserved seats are located in the Turn 9 Terrace, known for providing some of the best views of the road course. Toyota/Save Mart 350 tickets are now on sale in all Save Mart and Lucky Supermarkets locations.(Sonoma Raceway)(5-8-2015)

  • Sonoma Raceway introduces Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck: Sonoma Raceway will introduce a new, club level option for race fans just in time for the 2015 major-event season. The "Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck" at Turn 2 will feature a 135-foot redwood deck that extends above the existing Turn 2 Terrace seating area. This exclusive area will feature panoramic views of the raceway and Sonoma Valley, plus a redwood-arbor covered private bar with TV monitors and dedicated food service. The Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck will also feature a limited number of reserved seats perched at the edge of the deck. The Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck is the result of a sponsorship from Mendocino Forest Products, the company that is providing the Humboldt Redwood Deck and is the leader in environmentally certified redwood decking, fencing, landscaping and dimensional products throughout the U.S. Construction of The Deck is expected to begin in early May and it will be unveiled at the upcoming Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend. Located atop one of the most action-packed sections of the track, The Deck at Turn 2 puts race fans at the heart of the action, plus it's just a short walk to the main paddock, Wine Country Winner's Circle and vendor midway. The Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck will be open on race day at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event (June 28) and the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series Finale (Aug. 30), with two ticket package options to choose from. The raceway has also worked with Mendocino Lumber to construct two new "Grille Garden" seating and shade areas where fans can relax, cool off and enjoy a bite to eat throughout the weekend. These new areas, featuring redwood arbors, will be located at Turn 2, near The Deck, and above the Turn 9 Terrace on the road course, and will be open to all fans. (Sonoma Raceway)(4-27-2015)

  • Q&A with Jeff Gordon at Sonoma: Jeff Gordon is the undisputed king of Sonoma Raceway, and this year's Toyota/Save Mart 350 will mark the NASCAR legend's final visit to the challenging road course as a full-time driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. As a highlight of the NASCAR race weekend in Sonoma, Gordon will be featured in a free 20-minute question-and-answer session on Saturday, June 27. This session is scheduled to begin at 9:00am. and will take place on stage in front of the Main Grandstand near the start/finish line. Gordon, a native of nearby Vallejo, holds almost every significant NASCAR track record in Sonoma, including most wins (five), most pole positions (five), most top-five finishes (14) and most laps led (440). In 22 Sonoma starts, Gordon has 17 top-10 finishes and is the top money earner at $3,307,604. All Track Pass season ticket holders, weekend-pass holders and campers will receive a free credential for stage-front access to the Q&A. Fans who have already purchased a Sunday ticket can get a Saturday ticket for just $24, which includes access to the Main Grandstand to watch the Q&A.(Sonoma Raceway)(4-16-2015)

  • Sonoma Raceway Track Pass Now on Sale: Ever dreamed of driving your car around the Sonoma Raceway road course or of enjoying a VIP experience during race weekend? Sonoma Raceway will offer all that and more for the upcoming race season with the 2015 Track Pass. The Track Pass, which includes reserved-seat tickets to all major events at Sonoma Raceway, is the ultimate ticket package for race season. Not only will you enjoy an exclusive track-lap day in your own vehicle and a VIP Lot 2 season-long parking pass, you'll also secure the best seats for all six major events in 2015, including NASCAR's annual visit to Sonoma for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 (June 26-28), the NHRA Sonoma Nationals (July 21-Aug. 2) and the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar® Series season finale (Aug. 28-30). The 2015 calendar also includes the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival (May 30-31), NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel (July 24-26) and the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge (Oct. 3-4). The Track Pass is valued at nearly $1,000, but you can get yours for just $379. A limited number of VIP Lot 2 parking passes are available, so purchase early to ensure your VIP parking spot. There is a limit of one parking pass per account with the purchase of up to four Track Passes. Purchases of six or more Track Passes are eligible for one parking pass per pair of tickets. To find out more about the Track Pass, contact the Sonoma Raceway Ticket Office at 800-870-RACE (7223) (Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm), via live chat through www.racesonoma.com or by email at tickets@racesonoma.com.(Sonoma Raceway)(2-5-2015)

  • Fans Can Ride the Raceway Fun Train at Sonoma: For the third consecutive year, NASCAR fans can take a one-of-a-kind ride to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Sonoma Raceway with the Raceway Fun Train. 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 28. 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. Race fans should act fast, as this year's train is expected to be a sellout. Last year's train was a huge success, and we are pleased to utilize the SMART-owned track to bring back the Raceway Fun Train.
    "The train to NASCAR has been a resounding success in its first two years," said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. "Our fans have told us it turned their race experience into a full day's adventure, and they can't wait to board the train again this June." The Raceway Fun Train, formerly the NASCAR Express, offers fans a unique alternative to avoid highway traffic and parking hassles on race-day, and will feature 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 a one-stop shop to purchase your race-day ticket and Raceway Fun Train 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
    · Commemorative gift
    Key Holidays has served as an Amtrak Regional Tour Operator for 32 years, including the famous Reno Fun Train. As a partner on the Raceway Fun Train for the second consecutive year, Key Holidays will also offer pre- and/or post-event hotel packages in Sacramento. For more information, visit www.keyholidays.com.
    Don't miss your chance to get onboard the Raceway Fun Train to Sonoma Raceway. The Toyota/Save Mart 350 marks Jeff Gordon's final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Sonoma and NASCAR's only stop in Northern California. It has become one of the most exciting and unpredictable events on the circuit as tempers flare on the road course's tight turns. Seats are limited, so for more information on the Raceway Fun Train or to purchase your ticket package today, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit www.racesonoma.com/nascar. Operation and schedule subject to change by railroads and track or weather conditions.(Sonoma Raceway)(2-3-2015)

  • Brennan promoted to Vice President at Sonoma: Diana Brennan, who has been a member of the Sonoma Raceway Media Relations department since 1999, has been promoted to Vice President of Media & Community Relations. In her new position, Brennan will continue her management role in the department, overseeing all media events and communications, as well as the facility's community initiatives and the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. Brennan, 35, has worked full-time in the media relations department at Sonoma Raceway since 2001, most recently as Senior Director of Media and Community Relations. Brennan was first hired as an intern in 1999. During her tenure, Brennan has played an integral role in elevating Sonoma Raceway's visibility at both the local and national levels. She has developed new and creative media initiatives, as well as some of the raceway's most successful community events. Brennan graduated from the University of the Pacific in 2001 with a degree in Communication. She is a native of San Ramon in the East Bay and currently resides in Benicia.(Sonoma Raceway)(12-16-2014)

  • Sonoma Raceway Tickets Now On Sale: Race fans looking to enjoy some of the best events in motorsports are in luck, as Sonoma Raceway has opened its ticket office for the 2015 race season just in time for the holidays. Tickets for all major events are now available, including the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (June 26-28), NHRA Sonoma Nationals NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series (July 31-Aug.2) and the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, the Verizon IndyCar Series' season finale (Aug. 28-30). Plus, to help ring in the holidays, anyone who purchases race tickets through Dec. 19 will receive a 2014 commemorative Sonoma Raceway ornament (one per account). Sonoma Raceway will continue its Buy-Early-and-Save options in 2015 for all three major event weekends. By purchasing tickets well in advance of NASCAR, NHRA or INDYCAR, fans can secure the best seats at the best prices. In addition, all Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend pass buyers will receive a complimentary Friday and Saturday Cold Pit Pass. Fans can purchase individual or weekend tickets, as well as secure camping and ticket packages, for all 2015 major events by calling 800-870-RACE (7223), visiting an account representative at the raceway or by purchasing tickets online at racesonoma.com/tickets.(Sonoma Raceway)(11-18-2014)

  • 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)

  • 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 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)


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