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Sonoma Raceway hosts 24 Hours of LeMons

The one-of-a-kind endurance race for $500 cars is the annual 24 Hours of LeMons event that is being held at Sonoma Raceway this weekend, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Speedway Children’s Charities. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

The one-of-a-kind endurance race for $500 cars is the annual 24 Hours of LeMons event that is being held at Sonoma Raceway this weekend, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Speedway Children’s Charities. David Bolling/Index-Tribune

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The Valley will be the place and the Sonoma Raceway will again be the scene of one of the world’s most unique endurance races when it hosts the 24 Hours of LeMons season finale on the wine country road course this weekend.

Starting tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 7, and concluding Sunday, Dec. 8, the one-of-a-kind endurance race for $500 cars is the annual 24 Hours of LeMons event that is being held in the name of charity, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway.

Instead of featuring the usual stock cars or high-performance open-wheel machines, this unique event, done for fun, was founded on the “particularly questionable concept” that all cars must be bought and prepared for no more than $500, as drivers and crews dress to fit the theme, and winners receive cash prizes in sacks of nickels.

Nearly 200 cars, with RVs going toe-to-toe with Porsches and Pintos battling BMWs, are entered for the 24 Hours of LeMons’ final event of the season, which featured six events on the West Coast in 2013.

The weekend will feature racing from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, with spectator tickets costing $30-a-day and kids ages 16-years-old-and-under are admitted free.

For more information on this wild and wacky series, including the official “How Not to Fail Tech Inspection” guide, visit 24hoursoflemons.com or on Twitter @24HoursofLeMons.

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Sonoma Raceway recently announced its 2014 major events schedule, which will be again highlighted by NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar and World Touring weekends.

Historic car racing again opens and closes Sonoma Raceway’s 2014 major event season with the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival on May 17 and 18, and the Oct. 4 and 5 Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge.

The popular NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend takes place Friday through Sunday, June 20 to 22, followed by back-to-back drag-racing weekends, highlighted by the 27th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals the weekend of July 25 through 27, which are preceded by the NHRA Division 7 Drag Races July 18 through 20.

Making its 10th appearance on the twisting Valley circuit will be the IndyCar Series, featuring the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, taking place the weekend of Aug. 22 through 24.

The final summer major event is the third consecutive appearance of the FIA World Touring Car Championship from Sept. 20 to 21.

For details on 2014 tickets; getting an early start in renewing Toyota/Save Mart 350 tickets or sign-up for priority pre-sale; or for general Sonoma Raceway information, call 800-870-RACE (7223), or visit racesonoma.com or ticketmaster.com.