SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2015) — The Verizon IndyCar® Series returns to Sonoma Raceway this weekend for its season finale at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Aug. 28-30. Below are some points of interest regarding previous INDYCAR events in Sonoma:

  • The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma has featured seven different winners since the series’ first visit to Sonoma in 2005: Tony Kanaan, 2005; Marco Andretti, 2006; Helio Castroneves, 2008; Dario Franchitti, 2009; Ryan Briscoe, 2012; Will Power, 2010, 2011, 2013; and Scott Dixon, 2007 and 2014.
  • The 2014 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma set the track record for most lead changes at 10 and most race leaders at eight.
  • The raceway unveiled a modified track layout in 2012, with changes to Turns 7, 9 and 11 designed to enhance passing. With the modifications, the track length is 12 turns, 2.38 miles and race distance was increased from 75 to 85 laps.
  • Will Power became the first repeat INDYCAR winner in Sonoma after claiming back-to-back wins in 2010 and 2011. He claimed his third victory in 2013.
  • Will Power set the track qualifying record in 2014 with a fast lap of 1 minute, 17.2393 seconds at 111.161 mph. Power boasts four poles in Sonoma (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014), the most of any driver.
  • Marco Andretti won his first-ever INDYCAR race at Sonoma Raceway in 2006.  At 19-years, 167 days, Andretti became the then-youngest driver in history to win a major open-wheel event.  Andretti also claimed victory in Sonoma in the 2005 Firestone Indy Lights event.
  • 2008 marked the first year that the unified INDYCAR and Champ Car World Series competed in the Sonoma Valley.
  • Will Power has led the most laps in INDYCAR competition at Sonoma Raceway with 250.
  • The 2005 INDYCAR event in Sonoma marked the first major open-wheel event at the Sonoma facility in 35 years and the first permanent road-course event in the 11-year history of INDYCAR.
  • Takuma Sato set the track record for the biggest improvement from qualifying to finish at 16 when he went from 20th to 4th during the 2014 main event.
  • Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan are the only drivers who have competed in all 10 INDYCAR events in Sonoma.
  • Four of the 10 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma winners have started from the pole (Castroneves, Franchitti, Power – twice).
  • The Sonoma Raceway road course features more than 160 feet of elevation change from its highest point (Turn 3a, 174 feet) to its lowest point (Turn 10, 14 feet).