Bay Area Drivers Take Top Qualifying Spots at Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
Bay Area drivers will lead the way in 10 of 15 racing groups on Sunday at the 27th annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival at Sonoma Raceway.
Alamo's Jeff Abramson will start from the pole in two classes. He piloted his 1959 Morgan to the top spot in Group 2 (1955-1962 Production/GT under 2000cc) and his 1966 Lotus 23C in Group 11 (1959-1966 Sports Racing Cars). Ambramson will look for his third consecutive winning year in Sonoma, after taking the checkers the past two years.
Other top qualifiers from the Bay Area on Saturday included San Rafael's Art Hebert in his 1963 Lola in Group 3 (1956-1963 Formula Cars), Sausalito's David Swig in his 1957 Monsterati in Group 4 (1955-1960 Sports Racing Cars), Redwood City's Rob Manson in his 1952 Manning Special in Group 5 (1946-1955 Sports Racing and Production Cars), Santa Clara's Jim Hague in his 1972 Ford Gran Torino in Group 6 (1963-1973 Grand National Stock), Sausalito's Paddins Dowling in his 1939 Maserati 4CL in Group 8 (Pre-1941 Sports and Touring Cars and 1925-1941 Racing Cars) and Yountville's Steve Cook in his 1968 McLaren in Group 13 (Historic Can-Am Cars).
Santa Clara's Ken Epsman will lead the fields in both Group 12 (1966-1972 Historic Trans-Am Cars) in his 1972 Javelin and Group 14 (1973-1979 IMSA GT & 1964-1970 FIA Cars) in his 1976 Dekon Monza.
Comedian/actor Adam Carolla will be part of the field for Group 14 (1973-1979 IMSA GT and 1964-1970 FIA Cars) on Sunday, making his second consecutive start at the Sonoma Historics. Carolla, who won the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Grand Prix of Long Beach earlier this year, is driving a 1979 Datsun 280 ZX.
Action returns Sunday on the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course with main events scheduled in 15 different groups. The first 12-lap feature race is scheduled to take the green flag at 8:30 a.m. In addition to the racing, fans will also be treated to the popular Wine Country Pavilion, featuring a sampling of fine wine and food. Entrance to the Pavilion is free with your race-day ticket. Children 12-and-under are free and parking is free; tickets are available at the gate. For more information, visit racesonoma.com/historics.