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Gallery: A day at the Sonoma Raceway

A track-side cameraman catches the action at Sonoma Raceway as the track prepares for the season finale of the Verizon IndyCar series, Sept. 16-18. (Christian Kallen/Index-Tribune)

CHRISTIAN KALLEN,

There were a series of races at the Sonoma Raceway this past weekend, as you may have heard. But all the action wasn't on the track - a lot goes on behind the scenes to keep the IndyCar show on the road.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, Simon Pagenaud claimed victory in the GoPro Grand Prix, and won the overall title for the Verizon IndyCar series. But over the weekend sports fan could visit the Pit, check out the garages, and even take a high-speed spin around the track itself, as long as a pro was behind the wheel. (If you paid extra, your pro could be Mario Andretti.)