Infineon adds drifting to its Wednesday night line-up
Joining the popular Wednesday Night Drags and “Top the Cops”, running through Nov. 16, on Infineon Raceway’s mid-week line-up on Wednesday, May 4, will be the all-new Sonoma Drift program, which will provide a safe, legal and controlled environment in which professionals and amateurs can hone their drifting skills.
Sonoma Drift Drifting is a high-skill motor sport that calls for drivers to control a high-horsepower car while it slides sideways at high speed through a marked course. Drivers are judged on execution and style rather than who finishes the course fastest.
Every Wednesday, 40 racers driving vehicles ranging from 600-horsepower Nissan 350zs to American-made muscle cars will compete on a specially created course in the Infineon’s paddock area, with all cars needing to pass a simple technical inspection before drifting competition begins at 4:30 p.m.
“This program has terrific potential. We have a very active and enthusiastic drifting community in the Bay Area, and the raceway is the perfect place to offer this sport in a safe environment for both participants and spectators,” said Steve Page, president and general manager of Infineon Raceway.
Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 13, Infineon Raceway will kickoff the Sonoma Drift program with an exhibition event featuring drifting demonstrations from local drifting pros, as well as a car show and live DJ. Proceeds from the event will go to the American Red Cross to help with disaster relief in Japan. Also, registration for the first official Sonoma Drift on May 4 will also open tomorrow.
Drifting cost is $80 a car and participants must pre-register online, or by calling the raceway. Cost for spectators is $10. All cars must have seatbelts and mufflers to participate, and sounds levels must not exceed 115 decibels.
For more details or to register for Sonoma Drift, visit www.infineonraceway.com/sonomadrift, or call 800-870-RACE (7223).
Infineon’s Wednesday Night Drags are open to anyone with a driver’s license, and they can race any vehicle or motorcycle they bring to the track, provided it passes a simple tech inspection.
Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and racing spans from 5 to 10 p.m., with the cost being $25 for competitors – $15 for students with a high school ID – and $10 for spectators. Season-long passes are also available.
During the Wednesday Night Drags beginning in April, Infineon Raceway will feature its “Top the Cops” program, which is designed to help take illegal racing off the streets and bring it to a safe, legal and controlled environment.
“Top the Cops” allows high school students the opportunity to drag race against law enforcement officers, who will be driving their squad cars.
Infineon Raceway’s 2011 Big O Tires majors events schedule includes the West Coast Moto Jam AMA Pro Road Racing from May 13 to 15; the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival on June 4 and 5; the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR weekend from June 24 to 26; the NHRA Division 7 Drag Racing weekend of July 22 to 24; the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals from July 29 to 31; the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend of Aug. 26 to 28; and the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge on Oct. 1 and 2.
To purchase Infineon tickets, the Track Pass, and other special ticket packages for all 2011 major events, or for more information, visit www.infineonraceway.com www.ticketmaster.com, or call 800-870-RACE (7223).
INFINEON RACEWAY 2011 MAJOR EVENTS
May 13 to 15: West Coast Moto Jam AMA Pro Road Racing
June 4 and 5: Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
June 24 to 26: Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR weekend
July 22 to 24: NHRA Division 7 Drag Racing
July 29 to 31: FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals
Aug. 26 to 28: Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend
Oct. 1 and 2: Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge