NASCAR has, with good reason, been likened to a circus.
It comes to town in a kaleidoscope of color and sound, escorted to Sonoma Raceway in behemoth transporters 80 feet long, weighing 80,000 pounds and costing half a million dollars each.
The circus will be here this weekend, officially named the Toyota/Save Mart 350.
With 36 Sprint Cup races stretching from February to November, the season seems more like a marathon, and NASCAR drivers typically engage in serious training to stay in shape for the grueling months of racing.
The trucks that haul their cars (two per transporter) are constantly on the road, and Sonoma is the longest drive for every team, most of which are headquartered in or near Charlotte, North Carolina, where NASCAR has its roots.