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Testing for Sonoma Raceway major events

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Leading up to Sonoma Raceway’s 2014 Big O Tires major events season, the big three, NASCAR, NHRA and IndyCar, will be conducting both private and open testings on the Valley’s road course and drag strip as they prepare for their big race weekends.

On deck tomorrow, Feb. 12, at Sonoma Raceway will be 14 drivers from 10 IndyCar Series teams taking part in a one-day private test session, and include Will Power, Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske); Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing); Mike Conway (Ed Carpenter Racing); Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan (Target Chip Ganassi Racing); Ryan Briscoe (Chip Ganassi Racing Teams); Charlie Kimball (Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing); Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing); Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports); Mikail Aleshin, rookie (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports); TBD  (KV Racing Technology); and TBD (Panther Racing).

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The 2014 Sonoma Raceway season will open with the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival on May 17 and 18, followed by the popular NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend taking place Friday through Sunday, June 20 to 22.

Then the annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals weekend will be July 25 through 27, preceded by the NHRA Division 7 Drag Races July 18 through 20; after which the IndyCar Series, featuring the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, take place the weekend of Aug. 22 through 24; the FIA World Touring Car Championship will be held from Sept. 20 to 21; and the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge ends the major events on Oct. 4 and 5.

New for 2014, Sonoma Raceway will offer Buy-Early-and-Save options for all four of its major event weekends. By purchasing in advance of NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar and WTCC, fans can save up to 20 percent on event tickets. In addition, all Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend pass holders will receive a complimentary Friday and Saturday Cold Pit Pass.

The Valley raceway will also offer new levels of value for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, as tickets start at $49 for race day. Prices have been restructured in all seating areas around the facility to offer better value to race fans, and the raceway will continue to offer camping around the facility, as well as many popular ticket upgrades, including the Pre-Race Pit Pass for Sunday morning.

For the first time, the raceway will offer kids’ pricing for NASCAR weekend, with children ages 12-and-under admitted free on Friday, June 20, for $10 on Saturday, June 21 and for half the price of regularly-priced tickets ($69 and above) for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.

Children will, once again, be admitted free on Saturday of the NHRA Sonoma Nationals and the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma weekends and all WTCC weekend with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Sonoma Raceway’s best ticket package is the 2014 Track Pass, which includes tickets to all major events; season-long VIP parking; a NASCAR Pre-Race Pit Pass; an INDYCAR garage/pit/pre-race pass; an NHRA Thunder Alley pass; and plenty of additional benefits.

Fans can purchase individual or weekend tickets, as well as secure camping and special ticket packages, for all 2014 major events by calling 800-870-RACE (7223), visiting an account representative at the raceway or by purchasing tickets online at racesonoma.com/tickets or ticketmaster.com.