INDYCAR Championship Weekend Highlights 2015 Sonoma Raceway Major Event Schedule
For the first time in its history, the Verizon IndyCar® Series championship will be decided on a road course, with the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma slated as the series season finale, Aug. 28-30. In addition to INDYCAR, the 2015 Sonoma Raceway major event schedule features the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and historic car racing.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series makes its only stop in Northern California for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 26-28. The first road-course event of the series' 36-race schedule has become one of the most exciting and unpredictable each year, with 10 different winners over the past 10 years.
Carl Edwards took the checkers in 2014 and became the eighth consecutive driver to post his first Sprint Cup Series road-course win in Sonoma. NASCAR's popular elimination-style qualifying format, introduced in 2014, will return on Saturday, June 27, along with the 64-lap main event for the NASCAR Pro Series West, which was won by Elk Grove native Kyle Larson in 2014. The 110-lap Toyota/Save Mart 350 will be the feature on Sunday.
All roads for the Verizon IndyCar Series lead to Sonoma Raceway in 2015, as the season comes to a close on the twisting road course. The series championship has come down to the last race each year since 2006, so a solid performance on the challenging circuit will be crucial, and Northern California race fans will have the luxury of watching it all unfold in their backyard. The weekend will also feature the return of the World Challenge Series, with a double-header race weekend highlighted by the fender-banging action of Corvettes, Vipers, Porsches and more.
The fastest sport on earth returns to Sonoma for back-to-back weekends of the world's best drag racing, highlighted by the 28th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals, July 31-Aug. 2. Courtney Force claimed her first victory in Sonoma earlier this year, becoming the winningest female driver in NHRA Funny Car history. Headlined by 10,000-horsepower dragsters and 300-mph speeds, this is a sport you have to see to believe. Drag racing's top stars, including John Force, Antron Brown, Ron Capps and Tony Schumacher, will hit the track for three full days of racing action, including Friday night qualifying under the lights.
The NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel, kicks-off the drag racing weekends, July 24-26.
Fans of vintage racing will have multiple opportunities to see historic machines from Maserati to Alfa Romeo to Corvette take to the road course, highlighted by the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival (May 30-31) and the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge (Oct. 3-4).
Tickets for all 2015 major events at Sonoma Raceway go on sale to the general public on Nov. 17. For tickets or more information, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit www.racesonoma.com.
The complete Sonoma Raceway major event schedule for 2015:
- Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival - May 30-31
- Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - June 26-28
- NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel - July 24-26
- NHRA Sonoma Nationals - July 31-Aug. 2
- GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series- Aug. 28-30
- Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge - Oct. 3-4
* Schedule subject to change without notice.