Celebration of Historic Racing, Wine Country Lifestyle at Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
The raceway will come alive with memorable racecars from Jaguar, Ferrari, Maserati and Bugatti, among others, at the 26th annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. In all, more than 400 historic racecars will grace the twisting road course during a weekend celebration of racing and the wine country lifestyle.
Infineon Raceway, Highways 37 & 121, Sonoma (800-870-RACE).
12-turn, 2.52-mile road course.
Four-hundred racecars, some dating back as far back as Pre-World War I, will compete over the race weekend in 15 different groups. There will be qualifying on Saturday, with all main events set for Sunday.
2012 WEEKEND THEME:
The weekend will be themed, “Moments in Time: A Celebration of the History of Motorsports.” The 1950s-1980s era will be featured as it was a time when auto racing began to cement its international status as a world-class spectator sport. The winning driver of the historic 1952 Golden Gate Park Races in San Francisco will be in attendance, as well as the winning car from the 1952 24 Hours of LeMans. The emergence of the GT cars from the 1960s, as well as the dominating Porsche 956 from 1982, will also be featured.
Bill Pollack, who drove to victory in the 1952 Golden Gate Park Races in San Francisco, will be the Grand Marshal of the race weekend. Pollack, 87, drove an Allard J2-Cadillac to victory that year. The historic races in Golden Gate Park ran for three years (1952-1954). Pollack now resides in Sherman Oaks in Southern California.
ADAM CAROLLA SIGHTING:
Comedian/actor Adam Carolla, a recent winner at the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race at the Long Beach Grand Prix, will compete over race weekend (Saturday and Sunday) in his 1971 Datsun 510. There is a special ticket package featuring Carolla: Saturday ticket plus Q&A and autographs with Carolla for just $45.
Saturday, June 2: Qualifying (all groups), 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sunday, June 3: Main Events (all groups, 11 laps), 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Qualifying and Sunday Main Events
- Group 1 (Pre-1941 Sports and Touring Cars)
- Group 2 (1956-1963 Formula Cars)
- Group 3 (1959-1966 Sports Racing Cars)
- Group 4 (1963-1973 Grand National Cars)
- Group 5 (1955-1966 Production/GT-Cars)
- Group 6 (1962-1966 Production/GT Cars over 2,000cc)
- Group 7 (1982-1991 Historic IMSA GTO/SCCA)
- Group 8 (1925-1941 Racing Cars)
- Group 9 (1946-1955 Sports Racing and Production Cars)
- Group 10 (1955-1960 Sports Racing Cars)
- Group 11 (1962-1966 Production/GT Cars under 2,000cc)
- Group 12 (1973-1979 IMSA GT and 1964-1970 FIA Cars)
- Group 13 (1966-1974 Historic Can-Am Cars)
- Group 14 (1966-1972 Historic Trans-Am Cars)
- Group 15 (1971-1982 FIA Sports Racing Cars)
LOCAL DRIVERS OF NOTE:
Larry Ayers (1930 Morgan Super Aero, Vallejo); Steve Cook (1968 McLaren M6B, Yountville); Fred Cziska (1974 Shadow, Petaluma); Mike Heffernan (1954 Jaguar XK120, San Francisco); Jim Gallucci (1969 McLaren M8C, Danville); William Angeloni (1955 MG TF-1500, Sonoma); Martin Lauber (1967 Alfa Romeo Sprint GT, Tiburon); Robert Davis (1962 Lotus 23, San Francisco); Jeff Abramson (1959 Morgan +4, 1966 Lotus 23C, Alamo); Jeffrey O’Neill (1957 Maserati 250F, Kentfield); Mike McNally (1931 Ford Roadster-Riley, Sacramento); Rick Carlile (1969 TVR Vixen S2, Sacramento).
2011 LOCAL DRIVER RECAP:
Bay Area drivers posted four victories at the 2011 Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. Larkspur’s Art Hebert claimed his second consecutive class victory, piloting his 1963 Lola. Hebert started from the pole and led flag-to-flag for 1955-1964 Formula Cars. Other Bay Area winners included Alamo’s Jeff Abramson; San Francisco’s Danny Baker (1977 McLaren, Group 6A, 1966-1974 Historic Formula One Cars); and San Jose’s Chad Raynal (1969 Camaro, Group 7A, 1972 Historic Trans-Am Cars).
MORE THAN RACING:
The weekend will also be highlighted by the Wine Country Pavilion, which will feature gourmet wine and food from area purveyors. Entry to the pavilion is included with your race-day ticket and you will be given a limited number of wine and food tastings. Hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each day.
Local artist David Grandin (Pleasant Hill) created the artwork for this year’s Sonoma Historics Motorsports Festival poster. This marks the 11th poster in the series dating back to 2002. Grandin will be on hand in the Wine Country Pavilion from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday to sign copies of the poster. Cost for the poster is $10 with all proceeds going to Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of the raceway.
HISTORIC RACE CAR FESTIVAL:
Following Saturday’s on-track action, more than 30 historic racecars will drive from the raceway to the Sonoma Plaza under a CHP escort at approximately 5 p.m. The event will also boast a sampling of food and wine. Tickets are $30 in advance (800-870-RACE). All proceeds benefit Speedway Children’s Charities.
Advance: $40, Saturday; $40, Sunday; $60, weekend pass. Youth (Ages 13-20): $20 day/$30 weekend. Children 12-and-under are FREE. Parking is FREE. Call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit infineonraceway.com/historics or ticketmaster.com for more information.