NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Returns to Sonoma Raceway in 2016
SONOMA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2015) - Sonoma Raceway is part of a landmark agreement announced by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series today, which commits the racing series to return to the Wine Country facility through 2020.
NASCAR returns for its 28th annual visit to Sonoma Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 24-26. This marks the first of just two road courses on the series' 36-race schedule, and its only stop in Northern California. The five-year sanctioning agreement is a significant step for the 23 facilities that host NASCAR events, which have traditionally signed single-year agreements with the series.
"NASCAR and the tracks take seriously our collective responsibility to the fans and each stakeholder to ensure the sport is healthy, strong and growing, so we can deliver great racing to the fans for many decades to come," said Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer. "The stability of five-year agreements positions us well to deliver fans with schedules as early as possible over the next several years. This is a new approach for our industry, and one that benefits everyone: fans, tracks, teams, drivers, OEMs, media and partners."
NASCAR's popular elimination-style qualifying format will return on Saturday, June 25, along with the 64-lap main event for the NASCAR Pro Series West. The 110-lap Toyota/Save Mart 350 will be the feature on Sunday.
"This is a very positive development for our sport. The time and energy devoted to annual sanction negotiations was significant and will be much better spent working collaboratively and strategically to improve the quality of the product we deliver to our fans," said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. "Our congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen."
Ticket deposits for all 2016 major events at Sonoma Raceway are now being accepted. For tickets or more information, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit www.racesonoma.com.