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.
Also on tap is the World Challenge, which is the only North American sports car series featuring a standing start and boasts all the top manufacturer brands from around the world, with GT/GTS practice on Friday, qualifying and race one on Saturday, and a second race on Sunday.
For the first time since 2010, the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series returns to Sonoma, with the doubleheader format featuring a 40-minute sprint race on Saturday, highlighted by a 60-minute feature race Sunday, just prior to the IndyCar main event.
In addition to Indy Lights, the weekend will feature doubleheader racing on Friday and Saturday in the Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series.
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.
Friday, Aug. 22: 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.