World Touring finale to Sonoma Raceway’s major event season
Wednesday Night Drags continue
An exciting and highly charged major-event season at Sonoma Raceway will actually end with the United States debut of one of Europe’s most popular motorsports racing series.
The final major racing event on Sonoma Raceway’s 2012 Big O Tires schedule will be the FIA World Touring Car Championship, with its first-ever race on American soil set for Sept. 21 through 23.
Featuring manufacturers such as BMW, Chevrolet, SEAT and Volvo, the World Touring Car weekend will be highlighted by two 30-minute sprint races on Sunday, Sept. 23.
The 24th season of Wednesday Night Drags on Sonoma Raceway’s world-famous drag strip will run every Wednesday evening through Nov. 14, along with the motorsport of drifting, and the equally popular “Top the Cops” program.
“Top the Cops” is designed to help take illegal racing off the streets and bring it to a safe, legal and controlled environment, allowing 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 for “Drag and Drift” at 3:30, practice begins at 4, and the racing takes place from 5 to 10 p.m., with the STP Wednesday Night Drags cost being $25 for competitors, $15 for students with a high school ID, and $10 for spectators – season-long passes are also available – while the drifting costs are $40 for pre-registration and $50 at the gate.
To purchase tickets for the FIA World Touring Car championship weekend, for Wednesday Night Drags details, or for general Sonoma Raceway information, call 800-870-RACE (7223), or visit www.infineonraceway.com/tickets, or www.ticketmaster.com. Camping is also available for all major events.