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‘Laps for Charity’ at Sonoma Raceway

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Motorists who have wondered about driving their own car around Sonoma Raceway’s road course will have that opportunity next month. And it’s all for charity.

The Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) hosts the fifth annual Laps for Charity event on Saturday, Jan. 20. This once-a-year-opportunity invites participants to take their vehicle for a few laps around the 12-turn road course. For $150, this unusual experience includes a pre-lap classroom safety briefing with professional drivers, three lead-follow laps around the 2.52-mile circuit, a picture of your car on track, plus a “hot lap” in the instructor’s car.

All proceeds benefit kids in need through Sonoma County youth organizations. SCC, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, has distributed more than $6 million to Sonoma County youth groups since 2001.

A limited number of spots are now available for Saturday, Jan. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants must be at least 18 years old; passengers are not permitted. All cars must have shoulder strap seat belt restraints, mufflers and pass a basic technical inspection. For more information or to register visit speedwaycharities.org/events/sonoma/5th-annual-laps-for-charity/registration/ or contact Cheri Plattner at cplatter@SonomaRaceway.com.

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