Tires squealed Wednesday for Sonoma Raceway’s “Wednesday Night Drags,” a yearly program giving amateur racers – or really just anybody – access to the Valley’s famous quarter-mile drag strip.

The event, now in its 26th year, is held most Wednesday evenings beginning in March and ending Nov. 12.

According to organizers, it “gives people a safe, legal and controlled environment in which to drag race their vehicles, as opposed to using city streets or back-county roads.”

Then there’s “drifting,” a maneuver popularized by the “Fast and Furious” movie series. For the drifters, Sonoma Raceway is offering “Sonoma Drift,” held concurrently behind the main grandstand.

Either activity is open to anyone with a driver’s license and a car that passes a basic inspection. Drag racing costs $25 (or $15 for high school students with a valid high school ID), and is available for on-site registration.

Drifting, which is more difficult, costs $40 and requires participants to register in advance at

Wednesday Night Drags begins at 4 p.m. with time runs, followed by racing from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sonoma Drift is held Wednesdays from 4 to 10 p.m.

The cost for spectators is $10, free for children 12 and under. Parking is free at the Sonoma Raceway, located at 29355 Arnold Dr., Sonoma. Visit for details or call 800-870-7223.