What:  

Infineon Raceway will host the top drag racers in the world at the FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals. The weekend will feature professional drag racing in the Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle divisions. 

When: 

July 29-31. This is the 13th stop on the 22-race NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series schedule.

Track:  

NHRA dragsters will compete on the world-famous drag strip that features a 660-foot concrete launch pad and is located just 15 feet above sea level.  This combination has helped the Infineon Raceway drag strip become one of the quickest and fastest in the country.

Professional categories:

Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle

2010 Champions:        

Larry Dixon (Top Fuel); Ron Capps (Funny Car); Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock); and Michael Phillips (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

Track Records:

Top Fuel: 3.805 seconds, Antron Brown, July ’08; 319.75 mph, Larry Dixon, July ’10.
Funny Car: 4.063 seconds, Jack Beckman, July ‘10; 311.56 mph, Beckman, July ’10.
Pro Stock: 6.545 seconds, Allen Johnson, July ’10; 210.77, Johnson, July ’10.
Pro Stock Motorcycle: 6.849 seconds, Hector Arana, July ’10; 197.65 mph, Michael Phillips, July ‘10.
(Top Fuel and Funny Car race distance is 1,000 feet; Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle is 1,320 feet)

What to expect:           

Ron Capps snapped a 13-year winless drought (1997) in Sonoma with his win in Funny Car in 2010. … Michael Phillips set both the national and track record for speed in Sonoma last year with a pass of 197.65 mph. … Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel) has won five Top Fuel championships at Infineon Raceway (1998-2000, 2004-‘05)…John Force holds the record for pro wins at Infineon Raceway with six, all in Funny Car (1990-92, ’94, 2000, ’07) …Jim Yates, Greg Anderson ,Warren Johnson and Darrell Alderman have combined to win 12 of 23 Pro Stock titles in Sonoma…Don Prudhomme is the only driver to win in two categories in Sonoma — Funny Car (1989) and Top Fuel (1992)… Infineon Raceway will join the NHRA in celebrating its 60th anniversary with festivities throughout the weekend, including the 2nd Nostalgia Get-Together car display.

Legends in Sonoma:

Fans will be treated to a glimpse of racing history with the Legends in Sonoma program.  The raceway will honor racing legends Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, Shirley Muldowney and “Big Daddy” Don Garlits. The trio will be featured throughout the weekend, including an autograph session at the Wine Country Winner’s Circle on Friday at 5:30 p.m., as well as a Track Talk Q&A session on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., also at the Wine Country Winner’s Circle.  Prudhomme will also be inducted into the Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame.

Schedule (All times Pacific):

Friday, July 29: Sportsman qualifying and eliminations, begin at 8:15 a.m.; Professional qualifying sessions at 3:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 30: Sportsman eliminations begin at 8:15 a.m.; Professional qualifying sessions at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 31: Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m.; Final eliminations begin at 11 a.m.

Television (All times Pacific):

Saturday, July 30: ESPN2, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 31: ESPN2, 8 p.m.

Tickets:

 Reserved Seats (includes pit pass): Friday: Adult, $50; Junior (12 years and under), $20. Saturday: Adult, $55; Junior (12 years and under), $20. Sunday: Adult, $60; Junior (12 years and under), $25. Weekend: $135; Junior (12 years and under), $65.

For tickets call 800-870-RACE or visit www.infineonraceway.com or www.ticketmaster.com.