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Sonoma Raceway ending major event season with historic Charity Challenge

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Another exciting, action-packed season at Sonoma Raceway has one more major event weekend remaining, with the Classic Sports Racing Group returning to the Valley with its historic cars gracing the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course competing in the Charity Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6.

With proceeds from this race weekend benefitting the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of the raceway, more than 200 vintage racecars will be featured in Sonoma Raceway’s major-event finale.

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Sonoma Raceway’s popular Wednesday Night Drags program continues every Wednesday evening through Nov. 13, and includes the motorsport of drifting and the featured “Top the Cops.”

Designed to help take illegal racing off the streets and bring it to a safe, legal and controlled environment, the “Top the Cops” program allows high school students the opportunity to drag race against law enforcement officers, who will be driving their squad cars.

The Wednesday Night Drags are open to anyone with a driver’s license, who can race any vehicle or motorcycle they bring to the world-famous quarter-mile drag strip, provided it passes a simple tech inspection.

Gates open for “Drag and Drift” at 3:30, time runs begin at 4, and the racing takes place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. – drifting from 4 to 10 p.m. – with the Wednesday Night Drags cost being $25 for competitors, $15 for students with a high school ID and $10 for spectators. Season-long passes are also available, and children ages 12 years old and under, and parking, are free. The drifting costs are $40 for pre-registration and $50 at the gate.

To purchase Charity Challenge tickets, for Wednesday Night Drags details, or for general Sonoma Raceway information, call 800-870-RACE (7223), visit racesonoma.com or ticketmaster.com. Camping is also available for all major events.