It's NASCAR Time! Toyota/Save Mart 350 Fact Sheet
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits the Sonoma Valley for the 23rd consecutive year at the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sprint Cup Series event. This will mark the first of two road-course events on the NASCAR schedule.
June 24-26. The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is the 16th race on the 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.
Infineon Raceway is a 10-turn, 1.99-mile road course for all NASCAR-sanctioned events.
The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is measured in kilometers. The race distance is 218.9 miles or 110 laps around the 1.99-mile road course.
Forty-six drivers attempted to qualify for last year’s event. The starting field in 2011 will feature 43 cars. It will be the largest grid of any feature car race at Infineon Raceway.
A purse of $5,505,551 in posted awards will be up for grabs.
Schedule (All times Pacific):
Friday, Pick-n-Pull Pole Day: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, Noon-1:30 p.m.; NASCAR West Series Qualifying, 1:50 p.m.; Pick-n-Pull Pole Day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, 3:40 p.m.
Saturday: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.; DenBeste Happy Hour NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice, 10:45 a.m.-noon; Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Race, 12:45 p.m.
Sunday: Toyota/Save Mart 350, noon
For a complete schedule, visit www.infineonraceway.com.
Television (All times Pacific):
Friday: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, Noon (SPEED); NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, 8 p.m. (SPEED)
Saturday: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, 11:30 a.m. (SPEED); NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice, 12:30 p.m. (SPEED).
Sunday: Toyota/Save Mart 350, Noon (TNT)
Local Radio Coverage (all provided by PRN):
KNBR 1050 AM (San Francisco): Sunday, June 26: Toyota/Save Mart 350 and Post-Race Show.
KHTK 1140 AM (Sacramento): Sunday, June 26: Toyota/Save Mart 350 and Post-Race Show.
What To Expect:
Jimmie Johnson earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road-course victory when he took the checkers at Infineon Raceway in 2010. Johnson was the sixth different winner in six years in Sonoma, and the third consecutive driver to claim his first Sprint Cup Series road-course victory…. Jeff Gordon is the undisputed king of Infineon Raceway, with five victories (1998-2000, ’04, ‘06) and five pole positions (1998-99, ’01, ’04, ’05). Gordon also boasts 11 top-five finishes and 14 top-10 finishes – the most of any driver…. Two-time winners at Infineon Raceway include Rusty Wallace (1990, ’96), Ernie Irvan (1992, ’94), Ricky Rudd (1989, 2002) and Tony Stewart (2001, ’05).… Mark Martin has completed the most laps of any NASCAR driver at Infineon Raceway. He has completed 1,865 of 1,999 laps run in Sonoma… There have been 84 lead changes combined over the last nine years of Cup Series competition at Infineon Raceway.
Qualifying: Jeff Gordon, June 24, 2005, 94.325 mph/1:15.950
Race: Ricky Rudd, June 23, 2002, 81.007 mph
Legends in Sonoma:
Fans will be treated to a glimpse of racing history with the Legends in Sonoma program. The raceway will honor NASCAR Hall of Fame members Bobby Allison, Ned Jarrett and Richard Petty. Allison and Jarrett will be featured at an autograph and Q&A session on Friday at 1:30 p.m. (Pacific) in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle. All three drivers will be featured in a pre-race Q&A at the start/finish line on Sunday morning and be honored during pre-race ceremonies.
- The weekend will also feature the Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on Saturday, June 25 at 12:45 p.m. (Pacific). The race will span 64 laps and a handful of Sprint Cup Series regulars are expected to compete. Canada’s Andrew Ranger will look for his second consecutive victory in Sonoma.
- Race fans will also be treated to a 25-minute air show by Discovery Bay's Patriots Jet Demonstration Team, the nation's only civilian aerobatic jet team, for a sixth straight year during pre-event ceremonies on race day, June 26. It's the only air show of its kind on the NASCAR circuit.
- Actor John Ratzenberger, best known for his work on the legendary sitcom "Cheers," is Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350.