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IndyCar week away from Sonoma Raceway

The 17th race on the Verizon IndyCar Series 18-race schedule, the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, will makes its 10th annual run at Sonoma Raceway the weekend of Aug. 22 through 24.

Defending his Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma title on the Valley’s world famous 12-turn, 2.38-mile road course is three-time champion Australian Will Power of Team Penske, with one of his main challengers being Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, who is the 2013 Indy series champion.

Along with Power and Dixon, the other Indy drivers to win Grand Prix of Sonoma titles, include Tony Kanaan (’05), Marco Andretti (’06), Helio Castroneves (’08), Dario Franchitti (’09), and Ryan Briscoe (’12).

The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season has featured 10 different winners over the first 15 races, and, currently, Power holds a narrow four-point lead over teammate Helio Castroneves in the IndyCar point standings, with Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay in third place.

Other racing series, including the Mazda Road to Indy program, joining the IndyCar weekend at Sonoma Raceway are, for the fourth straight year, the Pirelli World Challenge, which will feature 50-minute sprint races, top-notch drivers and no scheduled pit stops or driver changes.

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