Time for a wild weekend of drifting at Infineon Raceway
Sonoma Drift holding event, Indy Grand Prix next major
The wild motorsport of drifting returns to Infineon Raceway this weekend.
Before the final two major events on its exciting 2011 Big O Tires schedule, Infineon Raceway will do some “drifting.”
Infineon welcomes back Sonoma Drift, which will host its Summer Jam at the Valley raceway tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, and feature action in Solo, NOS Team Tandem and the highlighted category of Tandem.
Racing will take place on Turns 2-to-4 of the 12-turn road course, as the drivers – judged on execution and style rather than who finishes the course fastest – work to control their high-horsepower cars while they slide sideways at high speed.
On Saturday there will be Solo exhibitions, the Team Tandem main event and practice for Tandem, and on Sunday there will be practice, qualifying and the main event for Tandem, with the winner from the Tandem competition being awarded $1,000.
There will also be also be a Summer Car Show held on Sunday, with more than 100 machines, including Mazda, Nissan, BMW, Subaru and more.
The “drifting” starts at 10 a.m. each day, with admission being $15 a day for spectators, and $20 for show car registration at CreamLifeEvents@gmail.com.
Sonoma Drift (powered by NOS Energy Drink) also runs its program at Infineon’s popular Wednesday Night Drags, which are held every Wednesday through Nov. 16, with drifters competing on a specially designed course and they are judged on execution and style. For more information on this program, visit www.infineonraceway.com/sonomadrift.
Also included on the Wednesday Night Drags evening is the “Top the Cops” program – designed to help take illegal racing off the streets and bring it to a safe, legal and controlled environment – which
allows high school students the opportunity to drag race against law enforcement officers, who will be driving their squad cars.
The 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 still available.
The first of the final two major events in Infineon’s 2011 season is the IndyCar Series and its annual, and popular, Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County weekend, which takes place Aug. 26 through 28, on the 2.303-mile, 12-turn Infineon course.
Following the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County will be Infineon’s final major event, the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge, which is slated for Oct. 1 and 2.
To purchase tickets and ticket packages for Infineon’s major events, or for more details on Wednesday Night Drags, Top the Cops, Drifting, or for general information, visit www.infineonraceway.com, www.ticketmaster.com, or call 800-870-RACE (7223).