SONOMA, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2017) - Fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series can enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences and unique collectibles, all in the name of charity, with the Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) online charity auction in advance of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway, Sept 15-17.

The auction, which is now live at www.sccauctions.com, features over 20 items, including "Ride of a Lifetime" experiences with top INDYCAR drivers, autographed memorabilia and a unique IndyCar experience. The online format opens the auction to all race fans, including those who still need to purchase tickets for race weekend, and will run through noon Pacific Time on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The highlight of the auction is the chance to bid on Ride-a-Lifetime Experiences with 14 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers. These packages include a ride around the road course in the back of a Honda Ridgeline immediately following driver introductions. The drivers included in this year's auction are:

  • Marco Andretti
  • Helio Castroneves
  • Scott Dixon
  • JR Hildebrand
  • James Hinchcliffe
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • Tony Kanaan
  • Charlie Kimball
  • Josef Newgarden
  • Simon Pagenaud
  • Will Power
  • Graham Rahal
  • Alexander Rossi
  • Takumo Sato

The auction also includes autographed items and collectibles, including

  • Helio Castroneves Autographed Canvas Photo
  • Roger Penske Canvas Photo
  • 2018 IndyCar Two-Seat Racing Experience
  • 2016 Sunoco Victory Lane hat signed by 2016 full IndyCar field
  • 1.5 L Cabernet autographed by A.J. Foyt
  • Helio Castroneves autographed glove
  • Sonoma Raceway Victory Lane hat autographed by Simon Pagenaud

Speedway Children's Charities will also sell tickets for its "Let's Go Karting" raffle during IndyCar weekend, offering the chance to win a private karting day on Sonoma Raceway's three-quarter mile professional kart track. You and up to 20 friends can enjoy a day filled with karting fun, including professional driving instruction, karts, fire suits and helmets for participants. Tickets are $5 each or a book of 5 for $20. Tickets can be purchased during race weekend at the Ticket Pit Stop located behind the Main Grandstand,  online at www.speedwaycharities.org/events

/sonoma/lets-go-karting, or by contacting Cheri Plattner at (707)933-3950 or cplattner@SonomaRaceway.com. The winning ticket will be chosen on Oct. 5; need not be present to win.

        All proceeds from the auction benefit the Sonoma chapter of SCC, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway. The Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities is dedicated to helping children in need in Sonoma County and has distributed more than $5.6 million to qualified youth groups since 2001. For more information on the local chapter, visit sonoma.speedwaycharities.org

        For more information or to purchase tickets for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend, visit SonomaRaceway.com/IndyCar or call 800-870-RACE (7223).