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Local Youth Groups to Receive More Than $76,000 from Grand Prix of Sonoma

SOURCE: Sonoma Raceway SONOMA, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2018) — Fundraising events combined to raise more than $76,000 for local youth groups during the Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series weekend at Sonoma Raceway, Sept. 14-16. Proceeds from the majority of events will directly benefit Sonoma County youth organizations through the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway…

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Online Charity Auction Offers Unique Fan Experiences for IndyCar Weekend in Sonoma

Ride of a Lifetime Experiences, Signed Memorabilia Up for Bid

SONOMA, Calif. (Sept. 5, 2018) – Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) offers race fans the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind experiences and unique collectibles with the launch of its online charity auction prior to the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Sonoma Raceway, Sept. 14-16.

The auction, which is now live at, features over 20 items, including “Ride of a Lifetime” experiences with top INDYCAR drivers, autographed memorabilia and unique at-event experiences. The online format opens the auction to all race fans, including those who still need to purchase tickets for race weekend; the auction will run through noon PT on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The highlight of the auction is the chance to bid on Ride-a-Lifetime Experiences with 13 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers. These packages include a ride around the road course in the back of a Honda Ridgeline immediately following driver introductions. The drivers included in this year’s auction are:

  • Marco Andretti
  • Scott Dixon
  • James Hinchcliffe
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • Tony Kanaan
  • Charlie Kimball
  • Josef Newgarden
  • Simon Pagenaud
  • Will Power
  • Graham Rahal
  • Alexander Rossi
  • Takumo Sato
  • Zach Veach

In addition, fans can bid on the Redwood Deck VIP Package, which includes two weekend access passes/reserved seat tickets for the Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck located above Turn 2, one reserved Parking Pass and two garage/pit/pre-race pass. Hot laps are also available for bidders looking to enjoy an all-access race weekend experience.

The auction also includes autographed items and collectibles, including

  • Signed San Francisco Giants baseball and jersey
  • 2017 Sunoco Victory Lane hat signed by 2017 Grand Prix of Sonoma winner Simon Pagenaud
  • Unique wine carriers signed by Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden
  • Sonoma Raceway hat signed by the full 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series field
  • Korbel bottle signed by legendary team owner Roger Penske, Pagenaud and Newgarden
  • Wine bottles autographed by A.J. Foyt

SCC will sell tickets for its “Let’s Go Karting” raffle during INDYCAR weekend, offering the chance to win a private karting day on Sonoma Raceway’s three-quarter mile professional kart track. You and up to 20 friends will enjoy a day filled with karting fun, including professional driving instruction, karts, fire suits and helmets for participants. Drivers must be 13 years of age or older and 4’10” in height. Tickets are $5 each or a book of 5 for $20. Tickets can be purchased during race weekend at the Ticket Pit Stop located behind the Main Grandstand or by contacting Cheri Plattner at (707) 933-3950 or The winning ticket will be chosen on Thursday, September 20; need not be present to win.

All proceeds from the auction and raffle benefit the Sonoma chapter of SCC, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway. The Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities is dedicated to helping children in need in Sonoma County and has distributed more than $6 million to qualified youth groups since 2001. For more information on the local chapter, visit

For more information or to purchase tickets for the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend, visit or call 800-870-RACE (7223).

Sonoma Raceway to host Verizon STEM Day at INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma

Students invited to explore STEM activities SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 30, 2018) –Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC), partnership with Sonoma Raceway and Verizon, will host STEM Day at the Raceway free for young learners during the Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series season finale on Saturday, Sept. 15. STEM Day at the Raceway is an opportunity…

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Sonoma Raceway Marks 50th Anniversary of Facility Groundbreaking

SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2018) – Sonoma Raceway and key figures from the founding of then-Sears Point Raceway came together today to mark the 50th anniversary of the facility’s ceremonial groundbreaking, which was celebrated on Aug. 14, 1968. Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page, Gordon Blumenfeld, a member of the raceway’s founding group, and Ken…

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Statement from Steve Page Regarding Announcement by INDYCAR and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

SONOMA, Calif. (July 17, 2018) – Below is a comment from Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page regarding INDYCAR’s three-year contract with WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “We wish INDYCAR and our friends at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca the very best with their new event.  Please join us in Sonoma this September for the 2018…

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Twelve IndyCar Drivers Set to Test at Sonoma Raceway, Feb. 5

                SONOMA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2018) – At least twelve drivers from seven Verizon IndyCar® Series teams will take part in a one-day test session at Sonoma Raceway on Monday, Feb. 5.

This serves as the first INDYCAR test of the year at Sonoma Raceway in preparation for the 2018 series season finale at the Grand Prix of Sonoma, Sept. 14-16. It will also mark a triumphant return to the road course for Team Penske, which claimed its second consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series championship in Sonoma last year with Josef Newgarden.

This will be the first-ever Sonoma Raceway test for a number of teams and drivers, including first-year IndyCar teams Harding Racing and Michael Shank Racing with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, as well as rookie drivers Jordan King, Robert Wickens and Matheus Leist.

The teams/drivers scheduled to participate in the test on the 12-turn, 2.38-mile road course include:

  • AJ Foyt Racing: Tony Kanaan, Matheus “Matt” Leist
  • Dale Coyne Racing: Sebastien Bourdais, TBA
  • Ed Carpenter Racing: Spencer Pigot, Jordan King
  • Harding Racing: Gabby Chaves
  • Michael Shank Racing with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports: Jack Harvey
  • Schmidt Peterson Motorsports: James Hinchcliffe, Robert Wickens
  • Team Penske: Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power

Race fans are invited to enjoy the test session for free, with testing slated to run from approximately 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with a break from noon-1 p.m. The Raceway Café will be open for lunch.

For tickets to the Grand Prix of Sonoma, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit Tickets can also be purchased on-site at the test session.

John’s March at Sonoma Raceway Raises More than $20,000

Seven-Year Total Surpasses $110,000 for Gastric Cancer SONOMA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2018) – More than 400 John’s March Against Stomach Cancer participants walked and ran the Sonoma Raceway road course on Saturday at the West Coast’s largest fundraising walk for No Stomach for Cancer, bringing the event’s seven-year total to more than $110,000 raised for gastric cancer research…

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Join the 7th Annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer at Sonoma Raceway, Jan. 20

SONOMA, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2017) – Sonoma Raceway will open its 12-turn road course to walkers and runners alike as it hosts the West Coast’s only major fundraising walk for No Stomach for Cancer on Saturday, Jan. 20. The 7th annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer will support the fight against the third leading cause of cancer deaths…

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Sonoma Raceway Opens 50 Acres Campground to Evacuees

SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2017) – Sonoma Raceway will open its 50 Acres campground to evacuees seeking temporary refuge from the Northern California fires. The raceway, which is equipped to handle up to 2,000 campers during its major event weekends, will open its largest campground to evacuees in RVs beginning this afternoon. The 50 Acres…

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Klay Thompson Named Grand Marshal of GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. (Sept. 13, 2017) – Golden State Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson has been named Grand Marshal of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Sonoma Raceway, Sept. 15-17. Thompson, a shooting guard for the reigning NBA Champions, was selected in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft by Golden State with the…

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