Bay Area Drivers Take Top Qualifying Spots at Sonoma Historics
San Francisco’s Danny Baker and Alamo’s Jeff Abramson picked up right where they left off on Saturday at the 26th annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival at the raceway in Sonoma.
Baker and Abramson, who posted main-event victories in last year’s event, were the top qualifiers in their respective groups on Saturday in Sonoma.
Baker piloted his 1963 Lotus to the top spot for Group 2 (1956-1963 Formula Cars), while Abramson took first place in his 1966 Lotus for Group 3 (1956-1963 Sports Racing Cars).
Other top qualifiers from the Bay Area on Saturday included Hillsborough’s Dick Jeffery in his 1937 Triumph for Group 1 (Pre-1941 Sports & Touring Cars); Santa Clara’s Jim Hague in his 1972 Ford Grand Torino for Group 4 (1963-1973 Grand National Stock) and in his 1972 Javelin in Group 14 (1966-1972 Historic Trans-Am Cars); and Yountville’s Steve Cook in his 1968 McLaren for Group 13 (1966-1974 Historic Can-Am Cars).
Comedian/actor Adam Carolla was part of the field for Group 11 (1962-1966 Production/GT Cars) and placed 22nd in his qualifying race. Carolla, who won the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Grand Prix of Long Beach, is driving a 1971 Datsun BRE 510.
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.
Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
WHAT: Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
WHEN: June 2-3
CIRCUIT: 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course
TICKETS: $40 day/$60 weekend; Youth (Ages 13-20): $20 day/$30 weekend; Children 12-and-under FREE and parking is FREE. Each ticket includes entry to the Wine Country Pavilion.
INFORMATION: 800-870-RACE (7223), racesonoma.com/historcs.com or ticketmaster.com.