It’s IndyCar time at Sonoma Raceway.
The Verizon IndyCar Series will hold the 10th annual GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend, its 17th race on the 18-race schedule, on the Valley’s world famous 12-turn, 2.38-mile road course from Friday, Aug. 22, through Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24.
Three-time Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma winner Australian Will Power of five-time-winning Team Penske is defending his 2013 title as the current point-standings leader and he will be strongly challenged by last year’s Indy series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing.
Power and Dixon are two of seven Indy drivers to have won Grand Prix of Sonoma titles, including Tony Kanaan (’05), Marco Andretti (’06), Helio Castroneves (’08), Dario Franchitti (’09), and Ryan Briscoe (’12).
The Indy weekend also includes the Mazda Road to Indy program, highlighted by the Pirelli World Challenge, which features 50-minute sprint races and no scheduled pit stops or driver changes, with practice on Friday, qualifying and race one on Saturday, and a second race on Sunday