Sonoma Raceway

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Sonoma Raceway
Sears Point
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Sonoma Raceway's road course layout
Location29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, California , US [1]
Time zone UTC−8 / −7 (DST)
Capacity47,000
FIA Grade 2
Owner Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
OperatorSpeedway Motorsports, Inc.
Broke ground1967
Opened1968
Construction costUS$70 million
Former names
  • Sears Point Raceway
  • (1967–1980, 1982–2001)
  • Golden State International Raceway (1981)
  • Infineon Raceway
  • (2002–2012)
Major eventsCurrent:

NASCAR Cup Series
Toyota/Save Mart 350
(1989–2019, 2021–present)
GT World Challenge America
(1990–1993, 1995–1996, 2000–2001, 2003–2006, 2011–2017, 2019–present)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Trans-Am Series
NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series
Toyota Sonoma Nationals
(1988–2019, 2021–present)
Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
Former:
FIA World Touring Car Championship
Race of the United States
(2012–2013)
IndyCar Series
Indycar Grand Prix of Sonoma
(1970, 2005–2018)
IMSA
Grand Prix of Sonoma
(1976–1990, 1995–1997, 1999–2008)
MotoAmerica

Contents

AMA Superbike
Full Course (1968–present)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.520 miles (4.056 km)
Turns12
Race lap record1:22.041 ( Flag of Germany.svg Marco Werner, Audi R8, 2005, LMP1)
IndyCar Course (2012–present)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.385 miles (3.838 km)
Turns12
Race lap record1:18.3576 ( Flag of France.svg Simon Pagenaud, Dallara DW12, 2017, IndyCar)
WTCC Course (2012–present)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.505 miles (4.032 km)
Turns12
Race lap record1:27.691 ( Flag of the Netherlands.svg Daniël de Jong, Lola B05/52, 2012, Auto GP)
Club Circuit (2001–present) [2]
SurfaceAsphalt
Length1.990 miles (3.203 km)
Turns12
Race lap record1:16.854 ( Flag of the United States.svg Kevin Harvick, Ford Fusion, 2018, NASCAR)
IndyCar Course (2008–2011)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.303 miles (3.706 km)
Turns12
Race lap record1:18.6320 [3] ( Flag of Brazil.svg Hélio Castroneves, Dallara IR-05, 2008, IndyCar)
IndyCar Course (2005–2007)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.300 miles (3.701 km)
Turns12
Race lap record1:17.5524 [3] ( Flag of Brazil.svg Tony Kanaan, Dallara IR-05, 2007, IndyCar)

Sonoma Raceway (originally known as Sears Point Raceway until 2002) is a road course and dragstrip located at Sears Point in the southern Sonoma Mountains of Sonoma County, California. [1] The road course features 12 turns on a hilly course with 160 feet (49 m) of total elevation change. [4] It is host to one of the few NASCAR Cup Series races each year that are run on road courses. It has also played host to the IndyCar Series, the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series, and several other auto races and motorcycle races such as the American Federation of Motorcyclists series. Sonoma Raceway continues to host amateur, or club racing events with some open to the public. The largest such car club is the Sports Car Club of America. The track is 30 mi (48 km) north of San Francisco and Oakland.

With the closure of Riverside International Raceway in Moreno Valley, California after the 1988 season, NASCAR wanted a West Coast road course event to replace it, and chose the Sears Point facility. Riverside Raceway was razed for the Moreno Valley Mall.

In 2002, Sears Point Raceway was renamed after a corporate sponsor, Infineon Technologies. On March 7, 2012, it was announced that Infineon would not renew their contract for naming rights when the deal expired in May 2012. [5]

History

1968–1979

The 2.520 mi (4.056 km) road racing course was constructed on 720 acres (2.9 km2) by Marin County owners Robert Marshall Jr., an attorney from Point Reyes, and land developer Jim Coleman of Kentfield. The two conceived of the idea of a race track while on a hunting trip. Ground was broken in August 1968 and paving of the race surface was completed in November. The first official event at Sears Point was an SCCA Enduro, held on December 1, 1968.

In 1969 the track was sold to Filmways Corp., a Los Angeles-based entertainment company for $4.5 million. In May 1970 the track was closed and became a tax shelter for Filmways after losses of $300,000 were reported. Hugh Harn of Belvedere and Parker Archer of Napa arranged to lease the track from Filmways in 1973. Bob Bondurant, owner and operator of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, and partner Bill Benck took over management and control of the leased raceway from Parker Archer and Hugh Harn in 1974. A few years later a group calling itself Black Mountain Inc., which included Bondurant, William J. Kolb of Del Mar and Howard Meister of Newport Beach, purchased the track from Filmways for a reported $1.5 million.

American Motorcycle Association national motocross races in the hills north of Turn 7 became popular with Bay Area fans, but were phased out by the end of the decade because of rising insurance costs.

1980–2000

In 1981 Filmways regained ownership of the track after a financial dispute with Black Mountain group. Jack Williams, the 1964 NHRA top-fuel drag racing champion, Rick Betts and John Andersen purchased the track from Filmways at an auction for $800,000. The track was renamed Sears Point International Raceway. In 1985 the track was completely repaved, in part with funds donated from the "Pave the Point" fund raising campaign. The first shop spaces (buildings A, B, C, and D in the main paddock area) were built.

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Tony Stewart at Infineon in 2005

In 1986 Harvey "Skip" Berg of Tiburon, CA took control of the track and became a major stockholder in Brenda Raceway Corp., which controlled the track until 1996. Additional buildings constructed on the property brought shop space to more than 700,000 square feet (65,000 m2) during 1987. In addition, a five-year contract was signed with the National Hot Rod Association for the California Nationals. The NASCAR Winston Cup Series debuted at the raceway in 1989.

In 1994 more than $1 million was spent on a beautification project and construction of a 62 ft (19 m)-high, four-sided electronic lap leader board in the center of the road course. In the following years a major $3 million renovation plan included VIP suites and a two-story driver's lounge/emergency medical facility. In 1995 Trans-Am and SportsCar races returned to Sears Point and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was added to the major-events schedule. Owner "Skip" Berg sold the track to O. Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. in November 1996.

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Sonoma Raceway Back Side of NASCAR track, 2005
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race cars at Sonoma Raceway in June 2005 Nascar Green Flag and Sonoma Raceway 2 photo D Ramey Logan.jpg
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race cars at Sonoma Raceway in June 2005

Major renovations began at Sears Point Raceway in 1998 with the creation of "the Chute", an 890 ft (270 m) high-speed stretch. The first-ever running of the American Le Mans Series took place at Sears Point in July 1999. In 2000 Sears Point Raceway gained unanimous approval from the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors by a 5–0 vote to begin work on a $35 million Modernization Plan that included 64,000 Hillside Terrace seats, repaving of both the road course and drag strip and increased run-off around the entire track.

Since 2000

After the turn of the millennium, Infineon Technologies bought the naming rights, and on June 22, 2002, the course was renamed Infineon Raceway. In 2006, the Grand Prix of Sonoma was transferred to the Rolex Sports Car Series, who would limit it to Daytona Prototypes only for 2007–2008 before the event was discontinued altogether. Since 2010, however, the course has seen a mild resurgence, with the circuit becoming a sponsor for various events as well as hosting an increasing amount of lesser series, including the WTCC and the return of the SCCA World Challenge. The year 2012 saw the end of Infineon as the corporate sponsor, with the track renaming itself Sonoma Raceway.

Layouts

Full circuit

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Pit road at Infineon in 2005

The standard, full length road course at Sonoma Raceway is a 2.520 mi (4.056 km) 12-turn course. This course was utilized by all competition through 1997. Most races, including the Grand Prix of Sonoma, use the full course. The course is noted for turns two and three, which are negative-camber ("off-camber") turns, with the inside of the turn higher than the outside. This provides a challenge for the driver, as turn two would normally have the drivers moving to the left side of the track.

The raceway also has a 440 yd (400 m) dragstrip used for NHRA drag racing events. The drag strip was originally located on part of the front straightaway of the course. Track changes completed in 2002 separated the road course from the drag strip. [6]

The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, an annual classic car racing event, uses the full circuit.

NASCAR returned to using the full circuit in 2019 as a part of the tracks 50th anniversary. [7] The full circuit was used in 2019 & 2021 (event was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic), but in 2022 they will return to the modified layout instead of running the original.

The track was closed in 2020 because of government regulations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. All national events were removed from the schedule.

The Chute

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Club circuit which is also used as NASCAR layout from 1998 to 2018

The track was modified in 1998, [8] adding the Chute, which bypassed turns 5 and 6 (the Carousel), shortening the course to 1.949 mi (3.137 km). The Chute was only used for NASCAR events such as the Toyota/Save Mart 350, and was criticized by many drivers, who prefer the full layout. In 2001, it was replaced with the 70° turn, 4A bringing the track to its current dimensions of 1.990 mi (3.203 km). [9]

The Chute was built primarily for spectator visibility, to increase speeds, and improve competition for the stock cars, which are not necessarily groomed well for road course racing. However, it has been criticized for taking away a primary passing point, and some INDYCAR drivers believe eliminating the Chute and replacing it with a new hairpin at Turn 4A, then rejoining the track at Turn 5, would create a circuit with three passing zones (Turn 4, Turn 7, and Turn 11). Furthermore, the speeds of the current layout with the Chute have been slower than if the full configuration was used.

The layout is now used as a Club circuit with options, as at the end of 2018 season, NASCAR returned to the full circuit in 2019. In 2022, NASCAR will be returning to The Chute layout. [7]

Gilligan's Island

From 1989 to 2001, the pit road could only accommodate 34 pit stalls. So, during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Cup Series race, some teams were required to share pit stalls while other teams were forced to pit inside the garage area. When cars dropped out of the race, their pit stalls were reassigned to cars who were sharing.

After a few years, a makeshift auxiliary pit road was constructed inside the hairpin (turn 11) nicknamed Gilligan's Island . Cars that had the nine slowest qualifying speeds were relegated to these pit stalls. Pitting in this area was considered an inconvenience and a competitive disadvantage, more so than even the disadvantages one would experience pitting on the backstretch at a short track at the time. [10]

Since the length of the auxiliary pit road was significantly shorter than the main pit road, the cars that pitted there were held from 15 to 20 seconds to make up for the time that would have been spent if the cars had traveled the entire main pit road. [11]

Pitting on Gilligan's Island had several other inconveniences. The location (the staging area for drag races) was landlocked by the race course, and crew members were unable to leave once the race began. Teams sent only the primary pit crew to Gilligan's Island, and once they were there, they could not access the garage area or their transporters to collect spare parts/tools. The only repairs that could be made were routine tire changes and refueling, as well as only minor repairs. Other auxiliary pit crew members, who were not part of the main crew, were staged in the garage area, and would have to service the car if it required major repairs. If a team pitting on Gilligan's Island dropped out of the race, the crew was unable to pack up their supplies and prepare to leave (a common practice at other tracks) until the race was over.

Modified course

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Motorcycle course (used also for IndyCar between 2005 and 2011)

Variations of Sonoma's circuits are often used. Motorcycles use a 2.320 mi (3.734 km), 12-turn course. It is based on the full layout, and does not include the Chute. This layout, opened in 2003, skips the later section of the Esses (8A and 9) and the run from Turn 10 to Turn 11 (the hairpin), using instead Turn 11a as Turn 11 has no runoff. This hairpin is located just past the drag strip control tower and offers a fairly straight run to the start-finish line. It was used by INDYCAR from 2006 to 2011.

Another factor in removing the hairpin is the fact that the turn is only visible from the garages or the bleachers behind the esses. This is due to grandstands built along the front straight that serve also as the drag strip's grandstands.

The official FIA Grade 2 variant, the Grand Prix layout, was used by INDYCAR from 2012 to 2018 and others. This version uses the end of the dragstrip (instead of the Keyhole) to create a Magny Cours-style hairpin that joints the drag strip to Turn 7 to open an overtaking opportunity. The circuit also modified Turn 9A (the chicane similar to Spa's new Bus Stop) by widening it by 10 ft (3.0 m) to allow for more room. A new Turn 11B has been made, moving further past the drag strip tower (Motorcycle Turn 11), being lengthened by 200 ft (61 m) to create a passing zone (it is located just before the race logos painted in Turn 11), and is located where the drag strip staging area is located.

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WTCC layout

During the World Touring Car races, the course used most of the Grand Prix layout except for the full Turn 11 hairpin.

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IndyCar Course (2012–present)

All-Time Lap Records

DriverCarDateSpeedTimeLayout
Formula One (Unofficial) Flag of Spain.svg Marc Gene Ferrari F2004 May 7, 20191:21.0044.05 km (Full) [12] [13] [14]
Fastest qualifying lap Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish Audi R8 July 23, 20001:20.6834.05 km (Full)
Fastest racing lap (Official) Flag of Germany.svg Marco Werner Audi R8 July 17, 2005110.641 miles per hour (178.06 km/h)1:22.0414.05 km (Full)
Trans-Am qualifying Flag of the United States.svg Brian Simo Qvale Mangusta July 22, 20011:35.7274.05 km (Full)
NASCAR qualifying Flag of the United States.svg Kyle Larson Chevrolet Camaro June 22, 201995.901 miles per hour (154.34 km/h)1:34.5984.05 km (Full)
NASCAR race Flag of the United States.svg William Byron Chevrolet Camaro June 23, 201993.339 miles per hour (150.21 km/h)1:37.1944.05 km (Full)
IndyCar qualifying Flag of the United States.svg Josef Newgarden Dallara DW12-Chevrolet September 16, 2017113.691 miles per hour (182.97 km/h)1:15.52053.838 km (Indy) [15]
IndyCar race Flag of France.svg Simon Pagenaud Dallara DW12-Chevrolet September 17, 2017109.575 miles per hour (176.34 km/h)1:18:35763.838 km (Indy) [16]
WTCC qualifying Flag of Switzerland.svg Alain Menu Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T September 22, 201286.206 miles per hour (138.74 km/h)1:45.2354.032 km (WTCC)
WTCC race Flag of Portugal.svg Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC September 10, 201384.206 miles per hour (135.52 km/h)1:46.9054.032 km (WTCC)
AMA Pro Superbike Flag of the United States.svg Ben Spies Suzuki GSXR-1000May 17, 20081:34.7313.57 km (Motorcycle)
Pirelli World Challenge GTS Race Flag of the United States.svg Jack Baldwin Porsche Cayman S PWC August 23, 201369.583 miles per hour (111.98 km/h)1:42.558km (PWC)
Formula One (Unofficial) Flag of Mexico.svg Esteban Gutiérrez Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid 27 September 2019113.827 miles per hour (183.187 km/h)1:15.4303.838 km [18]

NOTE: NASCAR records based on full course.

NASCAR Cup Series records

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Jeff Gordon at the 2005 race

(As of May 8, 2017)

Most wins5 Jeff Gordon
Most top-5s14 Jeff Gordon
Most top-10s18 Jeff Gordon
Most starts22 Jeff Gordon
Most poles5 Jeff Gordon
Most laps completed2,233 Jeff Gordon
Most laps led457 Jeff Gordon
Avg. start (active)4.0 Kyle Larson
Avg. finish (active)11.5 Clint Bowyer
Source: [19]

Race Lap Records

The fastest official all-time track record set during a race weekend on the original Long Grand Prix Road Course is 1:20.683, set by Allan McNish in an Audi R8 during qualifying for the 2000 Grand Prix of Sonoma. [20] The fastest official race lap records at Sonoma Raceway for different classes are listed as:

CategoryTimeDriverVehicleDate
Grand Prix Road Course: 4.056 km (1968–present)
LMP1 1:22.041 [21] Marco Werner Audi R8 2005 Grand Prix of Sonoma
LMP675 1:24.229 [22] James Weaver MG-Lola EX257 2003 Grand Prix of Sonoma
GTP 1:25.057 [23] Geoff Brabham Nissan NPT-90 1990 Sears Point 300 Kilometers
Group 7 (Can-Am)1:25.810 [24] Jacques Villeneuve, Sr. Frissbee GR3-Chevrolet 1983 Sears Point Can-Am round
LMP2 1:26.349 [21] Clint Field Lola B05/40 2005 Grand Prix of Sonoma
Daytona Prototype 1:27.051 [25] Max Angelelli Dallara DP01 2008 Armed Forces 250
GT1 (GTS) 1:28.934 [21] Oliver Gavin Chevrolet Corvette C6.R 2005 Grand Prix of Sonoma
Formula Atlantic 1:29.510 [26] Michael Andretti Ralt RT-4 1983 Sears Point Formula Atlantic round
GTP Lights 1:31.213< [23] Dan Marvin Spice SE90P 1990 Sears Point 300 Kilometers
GT 1:34.614 [27] Bill Auberlen BMW M3 GTR 2001 Grand Prix of Sonoma
TA1 1:34.883 [28] Chris Dyson Ford Mustang 2021 Sonoma Trans-Am round
GTS-1 1:35.156 [29] Darin Brassfield Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 1995 Apple Computer Inc. California Grand Prix
GTO 1:35.514 [30] Hans-Joachim Stuck Audi 90 Quattro 1989 Sears Point 200 km
GT1 (Prototype) 1:35.589 [31] Doc Bundy Panoz Esperante GTR-1 1997 California Grand Prix Sears Point
U.S.A.C. IndyCar 1:36.343 [32] Mark Donohue Lola T153 1970 Golden State 150
Stock car racing 1:37.194 William Byron Chevrolet Camaro 2019 Toyota/Save Mart 350
F5000 1:37.200 [33] Ron Grable Lola T190 1970 Continental 49'er Trophy
GT3 1:37.208 [34] Andrea Caldarelli Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 2022 Sonoma GT World Challenge America round
TA2 1:38.300 [28] Sam Mayer Chevrolet Camaro 2021 Sonoma Trans-Am round
GTU 1:39.357 [35] Dorsey Schroeder Dodge Daytona 1988 Lincoln-Mercury California Grand Prix
GTS-2 1:41.606 [36] Bill Auberlen Mazda RX-7 1995 Apple Computer Inc. California Grand Prix
Pickup truck racing 1:42.459 [37] Dave Rezendes Chevrolet C/K 1997 Kragen/Exide 151
GT4 1:46.124 [38] Stevan McAleer Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport 2022 Sonoma GT4 America round
TCR Touring Car 1:49.023 [39] Tyler Maxson Hyundai Veloster N TCR 2020 Sonoma TC America round
WTCC Road Course: 4.032 km (2012–present)
Auto GP 1:27.691 [40] Daniël de Jong Lola B05/52 2012 Sonoma Auto GP round
WTCC 1:46.905 Tiago Monteiro Honda Civic WTCC 2013 FIA WTCC Race of the United States
IndyCar Road Course: 3.838 km (2012–present)
IndyCar 1:18:3576 Simon Pagenaud Dallara DW12 2017 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
Indy Lights 1:28.9075 [41] Jack Harvey Dallara IPS 2014 Grand Prix of Sonoma
Pro Mazda 1:33.557 [42] Scott Hargrove Star Mazda 2014 Sonoma Pro Mazda round
US F2000 1:35.797 [43] Florian Latorre Van Diemen DP08 2014 Sonoma US F2000 round
IndyCar Road Course: 3.706 km (2008–2011)
IndyCar 1:18.6320 [44] Hélio Castroneves Dallara IR-05 2008 Peak Antifreeze Indy Grand Prix
Indy Lights 1:24.9443 [45] Jean-Karl Vernay Dallara IPS 2010 Carneros 100
Star Mazda 1:29.877 [46] Tristan Vautier Star Mazda 2011 Sonoma Star Mazda round
IndyCar Road Course: 3.701 km (2005–2007)
IndyCar 1:17.5524 [47] Tony Kanaan Dallara IR-05 2007 Motorola Indy 300
Indy Lights 1:24.688 [48] Richard Antinucci Dallara IPS 2007 Valley of the Moon 100
Star Mazda 1:30.095 [49] Raphael Matos Star Mazda 2005 Sonoma Star Mazda round
Club Circuit/NASCAR Road Course: 3.203 km (2001–present) [2]
Stock car racing 1:16.854 [50] Kevin Harvick Ford Fusion 2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350
NASCAR Road Course: 3.137 km (1998–2000) [2]
Stock car racing 1:10.652 [3] Rusty Wallace Ford Taurus 2000 Save Mart/Kragen 350
Pickup truck racing 1:14.842 [51] Boris Said Ford F-150 1998 Kragen/Exide 151

Seating capacity

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The view from the upper main grandstand at the finish line at Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma Raceway has a permanent seating capacity of 47,000. [52] This includes the grandstands and terraces around the track. During major races, hospitality tents and other stages are erected around the track, which brings the total capacity up to 102,000 seats. The facility underwent a major expansion in 2004 which resulted in 64,000 hillside seats, 10,000 permanent grandstand seats, a wastewater treatment facility, 100 acres (40 ha) of restored wetlands, permanent garages, new retail space, a go-kart track and a new drag strip.

Current series

Former series

NHRA Drag Racing Series

YearDateTop FuelFunny CarPro StockPro Stock Motorcycle
1988July 29−31Joe AmatoMark OswaldHarry Scribner-
1989July 28−30Frank BradleyDon PrudhommeBob Glidden-
1994July 29−31Scott KalittaJohn ForceDarrell Alderman-
2011 July 29–31Antron BrownRon CappsGreg AndersonL.E. Tonglet
2012 July 27–29Antron BrownJohnny GrayAllen JohnsonEddie Krawiec
2013 July 26–28Shawn LangdonRon CappsVincent NobileHector Arana Jr.
2014 July 25–27Khalid alBalooshiCourtney ForceJason LineEddie Krawiec
2015 July 31−August 2Antron BrownJack BeckmanChris McGahaEddie Krawiec
2016 July 29−31J.R. ToddJohn ForceGreg AndersonL.E. Tonglet
2017 July 28−30Steve TorrenceJ.R. ToddTanner GrayL.E. Tonglet
2018 July 27−29Blake AlexanderRobert HightJeg Coughlin, Jr.L.E. Tonglet
2019 Jul 26–28Billy TorrenceRobert HightGreg AndersonAndrew Hines
2021 Jul 23–25Steve TorrenceRobert HightAaron StanfieldKaren Stoffer

Trans-Am Series

YearCategory One Driver

Category One Vehicle

Category Two Driver

Category Two Vehicle

1969Mark Donohue

Chevrolet Camaro

Don Pike

Porsche 911

1978Gene Bothello

Chevrolet Corvette

Greg Pickett

Chevrolet Corvette

1981Tom Gloy

Ford Mustang

1982Tom Gloy

Toyota F150

1983Willy Ribbs

Chevrolet El Cement

1984Greg Pickett

Mercury Capri

1985Willy Ribbs

Mercury Capri

1985Willy Ribbs

Mercury Capri

1985Elliott Forbes-Robinson

Buick Somerset

1986Wally Dallenbach Jr.

Chevrolet Camaro

1986Wally Dallenbach Jr.

Chevrolet Camaro

1986Wally Dallenbach Jr.

Chevrolet Camaro

1987Scott Pruett

Merkur XR4Ti

1988Willy Ribbs

Chevrolet Camaro

1989Darin Brassfield

Chevrolet Corvette

1990Darin Brassfield

Oldsmobile Cutlass

1991Darin Brassfield

Oldsmobile Cutlass

1992Darin Brassfield

Chevrolet Camaro

1993Scott Sharp

Chevrolet Camaro

1995Dorsey Schroeder

Ford Mustang

2001Brian Simo

Qvale Mangusta

In the 1970 motorcycle road racing film Little Fauss and Big Halsy , starring Michael J. Pollard and Robert Redford, Redford's character, Halsy, saw Sears Point as the brass ring in the world of racing, and the film was loosely based around that idea.[ citation needed ]

Sonoma has been featured in many racing video games, beginning with Papyrus's NASCAR Racing for the PC, released in 1994 and has been a frequent addition to NASCAR based games and more recently road course variations have appeared. Bill Elliot's NASCAR Challenge included the course released in 1991. It appeared in Gran Turismo 4 as Infineon Raceway, and more recently in Project CARS 2 and recent Forza Motorsport titles. It has also been digitally scanned and used in iRacing.

Scenes from a Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR race were used in the softcore porn series Hotel Erotica in Season 1 Episode 3 The Fast and the Curious [53]

See also

Related Research Articles

Toyota/Save Mart 350 Auto race held in Sonoma, United States

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Indycar Grand Prix of Sonoma

The Indycar Grand Prix of Sonoma was an IndyCar Series race held at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The USAC Championship Car circuit raced at the circuit in 1970. In 2005, American open wheel racing returned to the circuit with an IndyCar Series event. The 2006 event saw rookie Marco Andretti win his first career race. It marked the record youngest winner of a major open-wheel racing event at the time.

2007 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Motor car race

The 2007 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was the sixteenth stock car race of the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and the first of the season's two road course events. It was held on June 24, 2007 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California before a crowd of 102,000. The 90-lap race was won by Juan Pablo Montoya of the Chip Ganassi Racing team who started from thirty-second position. Kevin Harvick finished second and his Richard Childress Racing teammate Jeff Burton came in third.

2010 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Motor car race

The 2010 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on June 20, 2010, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. Contested over 110 laps, it was the sixteenth race of the 2010 Sprint Cup Series season and the first of two road course competitions on the schedule. The race was won by Jimmie Johnson, for the Hendrick Motorsports team. Robby Gordon finished second, and Kevin Harvick, who started fourth, clinched third.

2011 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Motor car race

The 2011 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on June 26, 2011, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. Contested over 110 laps, it was the sixteenth race of the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season and the first of two road course competitions on the schedule. The race was won by Kurt Busch for the Penske Racing team. Jeff Gordon finished second, and Carl Edwards clinched third.

2012 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Motor car race

The 2012 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race held on June 24, 2012, at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Contested over 110 laps, it was the sixteenth race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and the first of two road course competitions on the schedule. Clint Bowyer of Michael Waltrip Racing took his first win of the season, while Tony Stewart finished second and Kurt Busch finished third.

2014 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Motor car race

The 2014 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car race that was held on June 22, 2014, at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Contested over 110 laps on the 1.99-mile (3.20 km) road course, it was the 16th race of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and the first of two road course competitions on the schedule. Carl Edwards won the race, his second win of the season and first on a road course in Sprint Cup competition. Jeff Gordon finished second, while Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jamie McMurray, and Paul Menard rounded out the top five. The top rookies of the race were Austin Dillon (17th), Cole Whitt (27th), and Kyle Larson (28th).

2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Motor car race

The 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race held on June 28, 2015 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Contested over 110 laps on the 1.99 mile (3.2 km) road course, it was the 16th race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Kyle Busch won the race, first of the season and first since the 2014 Auto Club 400. Brother Kurt Busch finished runner-up and Clint Bowyer finished third. Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano rounded out the top five.

2006 Dodge/Save Mart 350 Motor car race

The 2006 Dodge/Save Mart 350 was a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series stock car race held on June 25, 2006 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. Contested over 110 laps on a 1.99 mile road course, it was the 16th race of the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports won the race.

2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Motor car race

The 2017 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on June 25, 2017 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Contested over 110 laps on the 1.99-mile (3.20 km) road course, it was the 16th race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Motor car race

The 2018 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on June 24, 2018 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Contested over 110 laps on the 1.99-mile (3.20 km) road course, it was the 16th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2019 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Motor car race

The 2019 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race held on June 23, 2019 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. To be contested over 90 laps on the 2.52-mile (4.06 km) road course, it was the 16th race of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

2021 Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup Series race

The 2021 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was a NASCAR Cup Series race held on June 6, 2021, at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Contested over 92 laps -- extended from 90 laps due to an overtime finish, on the 2.52-mile (4.06 km) road course, it was the 16th race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

2005 Dodge/Save Mart 350 Motor car race

The 2005 Dodge/Save Mart 350 was the 16th stock car race of the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season and the 17th iteration of the event. The race was held on Sunday, June 26, 2005, in Sonoma, California, at the club layout in Infineon Raceway, a 1.99 miles (3.20 km) permanent road course layout. The race took the scheduled 110 laps to complete. At race's end, Tony Stewart of Joe Gibbs Racing would best Ricky Rudd of Wood Brothers Racing, passing him in the closing laps of the race to win his 20th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race and his first of the season. To fill out the podium, Kurt Busch of Roush Racing would finish third.

2004 Dodge/Save Mart 350 Motor car race

The 2004 Dodge/Save Mart 350 was the 16th stock car race of the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season and the 16th iteration of the event. The race was held on Sunday, June 27, 2004, in Sonoma, California, at the club layout in Infineon Raceway, a 1.99 miles (3.20 km) permanent road course layout. The race took the scheduled 110 laps to complete. At race's end, Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports would dominate the race to win his 67th career NASCAR Nextel Cup Series win and his third of the season. To fill out the podium, Jamie McMurray and Scott Pruett of Chip Ganassi Racing would finish second and third, respectively.

2003 Dodge/Save Mart 350 16th race of the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

The 2003 Dodge/Save Mart 350 was the 16th stock car race of the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season and the 15th iteration of the event. The race was held on Sunday, June 22, 2003, in Sonoma, California, at the club layout in Infineon Raceway, a 1.99 miles (3.20 km) permanent road course layout. The race took the scheduled 110 laps to complete. At race's end, Robby Gordon of Richard Childress Racing would win under caution, but not before making a controversial pass racing back to the line against eventual third-place finisher, teammate Kevin Harvick on lap 71 that sealed Gordon's victory. The win was Gordon's second career NASCAR Winston Cup Series win and his first of the season. To fill out the podium, Jeff Gordon of Hendrick Motorsports would finish second.

2002 Dodge/Save Mart 350 16th race of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

The 2002 Dodge/Save Mart 350 was the 16th stock car race of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the 14th iteration of the event. The race was held on Sunday, June 23, 2002, in Sonoma, California, at the club layout in Infineon Raceway, a 1.99 miles (3.20 km) permanent road course layout. The race took the scheduled 110 laps to complete. Ricky Rudd, driving for Robert Yates Racing, would take advantage of a disaster-stricken Jerry Nadeau when Nadeau suffered rear end problems while leading with three to go. The win was Rudd's 23rd and final NASCAR Winston Cup Series win and his first and only win of the season. To fill out the podium, Tony Stewart of Joe Gibbs Racing and Terry Labonte of Hendrick Motorsports would finish second and third, respectively.

2022 Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup Series race

The 2022 Toyota/Save Mart 350 is an upcoming NASCAR Cup Series race that will be held on June 12, 2022, at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. It is contested over 110 laps on the 1.99-mile (3.20 km) road course, it will be the 16th race of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season.

2000 Save Mart/Kragen 350 16th race of the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series

The 2000 Save Mart/Kragen 350 was the 16th stock car race of the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the 12th iteration of the event. The race was held on Sunday, June 25, 2000, in Sonoma, California, at the club layout in Sears Point Raceway, a 1.99 miles (3.20 km) permanent road course layout. The race took the scheduled 112 laps to complete. At race's end, Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon would dominate the late stages of a chaotic race to win his 51st career NASCAR Winston Cup Series win and his first of the season. To fill out the podium, Sterling Marlin of Team SABCO and Mark Martin of Roush Racing would finish second and third, respectively.

2022 DoorDash 250 Motor car race

The 2022 DoorDash 250 is scheduled to be the twelfth stock car race of the 2022 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and the fifth iteration of the event. The race is scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Sonoma, California at Sonoma Raceway, a 2.385 miles (3.838 km) permanent road course. The race is scheduled to be contested over 75 laps.

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