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Motorcycles in May, added IndyCar series at Sonoma Raceway

Three-time Superbike champion Josh Hayes will be racing in the special AFM event taking place at Sonoma Raceway the weekend of May 3 and 4. Courtesy of Sonoma Raceway

Three-time Superbike champion Josh Hayes will be racing in the special AFM event taking place at Sonoma Raceway the weekend of May 3 and 4. Courtesy of Sonoma Raceway

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A special American Federation of Motorcyclists event will take place at Sonoma Raceway the weekend of May 3 and 4, featuring the return to the Valley of professional motorcycle road racing, which will be held alongside amateur and semi-pro racers.

Hosted and sanctioned by AFM, a full field of Pro Superbike and Pro Sportbike professional riders and teams is expected to compete in the event.

The weekend will include Pro Superbike and Pro Sportbike main events, as well as a full schedule of amateur races traversing Sonoma Raceway’s 2.3-mile road course.

The entry list will include a who’s-who of the country’s top motorcycle road racers, including three-time Superbike champion Josh Hayes, along with J.D. Beach, Cameron Beaubier, Garrett Gerloff and Jake Zemke.

Professional riders will run practice and qualifying sessions on Saturday, with 18-lap main events slated for Sunday afternoon. AFM groups will be on the track before, between and after the Pro Superbike and Pro Sportbike sessions and races, and the entire event is open to the public.

For more information on the AFM weekend at Sonoma Raceway, May 3-4,

Tickets will be available at the gate for $25; children ages 12-and-under, along with parking, are free. For more details visit afmracing.org.

“We are delighted to welcome the country’s top motorcycle road racers back to Sonoma Raceway,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. “This is an excellent addition to the AFM race weekend, and I know it will be very well received by the many two-wheel racing fans in Northern California.”

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The IndyCar Series weekend, Aug. 22 through 24, featuring the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, has even gotten more action-packed with Sonoma Raceway recently confirming the four series that will join the IndyCar event.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Pirelli World Challenge will feature 50-minute sprint races, top-notch drivers and no scheduled pit stops or driver changes.

The World Challenge 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.

Also included in the IndyCar weekend will be three development series, including the Mazda Road to Indy program.

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.

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Sonoma Raceway’s 2014 Big O Tires major events schedule will open with the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival on May 17 and 18, and will close with the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge on Oct. 4 and 5.

In between will be the popular NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend – the Valley’s largest attended motorsports event – taking place Friday through Sunday, June 20 to 22.

Then the annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals weekend will be held July 25 through 27, preceded by the NHRA Division 7 Drag Races July 18 through 20.

Following the IndyCar Series weekend (Aug. 22 through 24) will be the FIA World Touring Car Championship being held from Sept. 20 to 21.

For details on 2014 tickets, including the all-encompassing Track Pass and the Buy-Early-and-Save options for all four of the major event weekends, the Wednesday Night Drags or for general Sonoma Raceway information, call 800-870-RACE (7223), or visit racesonoma.com, ticketmaster.com, and racesonoma.com/indycar.