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Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma arrives

The GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend begins today at Sonoma Raceway and runs through Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24, with Will Power of Team Penske the defending champion, as well as the first repeat IndyCar winner in Sonoma, with back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

The GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend begins today at Sonoma Raceway and runs through Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24, with Will Power of Team Penske the defending champion, as well as the first repeat IndyCar winner in Sonoma, with back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

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The Verizon IndyCar Series weekend has arrived at Sonoma Raceway, with practice, qualifying and racing taking place today and tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 23, followed by the featured race event, the 10th annual GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, being held Sunday, Aug. 24.

Returning to Sonoma’s world famous 12-turn, 2.38-mile road course to defend his title is three-time Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma champion Australian Will Power, who will be driving for Team Penske and is the first repeat IndyCar winner in Sonoma, with back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.

With Power, who is the current IndyCar point-standings leader, there are six drivers who remain mathematically eligible to win the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series title, including teammates Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske); Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports); Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosports); and Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing), who is last year’s Indy series champion.

The Indy weekend also includes the Mazda Road to Indy program, highlighted by the Pirelli World Challenge, and the Indy Lights and Cooper Tires USF2000 races.

General tickets for the Verizon IndyCar Series GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend start at $39, and, for the second straight year, kids ages 12-years-old and-under accompanying their parents will be admitted free.

For IndyCar Series tickets and packages, including the popular Total Access pass – a race-day reserved-seat ticket in any section and a Garage/Pit/Pre-race pass for $99 – more details on the Wednesday Night Drags, or for general Sonoma Raceway information, call 800-870-RACE (7223), or visit racesonoma.com, racesonoma.com/indycar or ticketmaster.com. Camping is also available around the facility.

 

INDYCAR SCHEDULE

Today: USF2000 practice, 8:15 to 8:45 a.m.; Pro Mazda practice, 9 to 9:30 a.m.; Indy Lights practice, 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.; World Challenge practice (GT/GTS), 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.; USF2000 qualifying, 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Pro Mazda qualifying, 12:30 to 1 p.m.; Indy Lights qualifying, 1:15 to 2 p.m.; World Challenge practice 2 (GT/GTS), 2:15 to 3 p.m.; USF2000 race No. 1, 3:20 to 4 p.m.; Pro Mazda race No. 1, 4:20 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 23: USF2000 warm-up, 8:10 to 8:20 a.m.; Pro Mazda Warm-Up, 8:30 to 8:40 a.m.; World Challenge qualifying (GT/GTS), 8:55 to 9:40 a.m.; Verizon IndyCar Series practice, 10 to 10:45 a.m.; USF2000 Race No. 2, 11:05 to 11:45 a.m.; Indy Lights Race No. 1, 12:15 to 12:55 p.m.; Verizon IndyCar Series practice, 1:15 to 2 p.m.; World Challenge (GT/GTS) Race No. 1, 2:25 to 3:25 p.m.; Pro Mazda Race No. 2, 3:40 to 4:20 p.m.; GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma IndyCar Series qualifying, 4:35 to 5:45 p.m. TV (live) NBC Sports Network.

Sunday, Aug. 24: Indy Lights warm-up, 9:35 to 9:45 a.m.; GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma IndyCar Series warm-up, 10 to 10:30 a.m.; Indy Lights Race No. 2, 11 a.m. to noon; GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma pre-race ceremonies, 12:20 to 1:30 p.m.; GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (85 laps), 1:40 to 4 p.m. – TV (live) NBC Sports Network; World Challenge (GT/GTS) Race No. 2, 4:40 to 5:30 p.m.