Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma Raceway (originally known as Sears Point Raceway from 1967 to 1980 and 1982 to 2002, Golden State Raceway in 1981 and Infineon Raceway from 2002 to 2012) 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 ft (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.

Sonoma Raceway
Sears Point


Sonoma Raceway's road course layout
Location29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, California, US[1]
Time zoneUTC−8 / −7 (DST)
Coordinates38°09′39″N 122°27′18″W
Capacity47,000
FIA Grade2
OwnerSpeedway 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

AMA Superbike
Full Course (1968–present)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.520 miles (4.056 km)
Turns12
Race lap record1:22.041 ( Marco Werner, Audi R8, 2005, LMP1)
IndyCar Course (2012–present)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.385 miles (3.838 km)
Turns12
Race lap record1:18.3576 ( Simon Pagenaud, Dallara DW12, 2017, IndyCar)
WTCC Course (2012–present)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.505 miles (4.032 km)
Turns12
Race lap record1:27.691 ( 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 ( Kevin Harvick, Ford Fusion, 2018, NASCAR)
IndyCar Course (2008–2011)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.303 miles (3.706 km)
Turns12
Race lap record1:18.6320[3] ( 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] ( Tony Kanaan, Dallara IR-05, 2007, IndyCar)

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]


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