Leading up to Sonoma Raceway’s 2014 Big O Tires major events season, the big three, NASCAR, NHRA and IndyCar, will be conducting both private and open testings on the Valley’s road course and drag strip as they prepare for their big race weekends.
On deck tomorrow, Feb. 12, at Sonoma Raceway will be 14 drivers from 10 IndyCar Series teams taking part in a one-day private test session, and include Will Power, Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske); Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing); Mike Conway (Ed Carpenter Racing); Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi Racing); Ryan Briscoe (Chip Ganassi Racing Teams); Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing); Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing); Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports); Mikail Aleshin, rookie (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports); TBD (KV Racing Technology); and TBD (Panther Racing).
The 2014 Sonoma Raceway season will open with the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival on May 17 and 18, followed by the popular NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend taking place Friday through Sunday, June 20 to 22.
Then the annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals weekend will be July 25 through 27, preceded by the NHRA Division 7 Drag Races July 18 through 20; after which the IndyCar Series, featuring the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, take place the weekend of Aug. 22 through 24; the FIA World Touring Car Championship will be held from Sept. 20 to 21; and the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge ends the major events on Oct. 4 and 5.