Local racers and national champions converge to battle it out at Infineon Raceway

Race fans will once again be treated to the Formula Car Challenge during the Indy® Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway, Aug. 26-28.

This will mark the second time the Formula Car Challenge (FCC) will be paired with the IZOD IndyCar® Series in the Sonoma Valley. The FCC will host two main events during the action-packed race weekend, which also boasts the Star Mazda Series, SCCA World Challenge and the Historic Grand Prix. 

The FCC West Coast Region, which is in its seventh season, features a 14-race schedule. Eight of the races will take place at Infineon Raceway on a variety of the track's configurations. A large percentage of drivers are local California hobbyists, but the series has also been a breeding ground for the up-and-coming professional racers.

Last season's FCC Winter Series champion, Jorge Goncalvez, is currently competing in the Firestone Indy Lights Series and 2010 Sonoma race winner, Dane Cameron, is competing in Patrick Dempsey's Mazda RX8 in the Rolex Sports Car Series.

Cameron, a Sonoma native and Sonoma Valley High School graduate, and many of the racers expected to participate in this year's event hail from California. The 2011 event is expected to bring out some very serious local racers, including:

  • Patrick O'Neill, 2010 NASA Pro FM National Champion – San Rafael
  • Frank Cusack, 2010 SCCA Formula Atlantic Champion – Woodside
  • Cameron Parsons, 2010 NASA FM National Champion – Hanford
  • Michael Guasch, 2009 Star Mazda Masters Champion – Pleasant Hill
  • Bill Weaver, 2009 FCC FM Regional Champion – Fresno
  • Sean Prewett, 2008 SCCA Formula Atlantic Champion – Clovis

The 2010 event had 35 cars on the grid, making it the largest open-wheel race in the country.

“We had two events last year with that many cars, and we expect the same number of racers for the 2011 season,” said Series Official, Ben Hettema. “This is the premier open-wheel event on the West Coast, and Infineon Raceway has been kind enough to offer us a slot in the schedule. We intend to put on a great show for the race fans to show our appreciation.”

The Formula Car Challenge has regions across the United States and is a National Auto Sport Association (NASA)-sanctioned series featuring a multi-class format of open-wheel racecars. The West Coast Region will run its national championships at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Sept. 8-11. For more information, visit www.FormulaCarChallenge.com.

For tickets and information about the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend at Infineon Raceway, Aug. 26-28, visit infineonraceway.com/indycar or call 800-870-RACE.