Pit Notes - FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals THIS WEEKEND
Infineon Raceway will host the 24th annual FRAM/Autolite NHRA Nationals in the Sonoma Valley this weekend, July 29-31. Below are some notes of interest from past NHRA drag races at Infineon Raceway:
- Doug Kalitta and John Force are the only two NHRA drivers to three-peat at Infineon Raceway. Kalitta did it from 1998-2000 in Top Fuel, and Force from 1990-92 in Funny Car.
- Doug Kalitta holds the record for most Top Fuel victories in Sonoma with five, most recently in 2005.
- John Force holds the record for most NHRA career victories at Infineon Raceway, with seven in the Funny Car class (1990-92, 1994, 2000, 2002 and 2007).
- Don Prudhomme is the only driver to win at Infineon Raceway in two different professional divisions - Funny Car in 1989 and Top Fuel in 1992.
- Seven of eight track records were set in 2010, including Top Fuel speed by Larry Dixon at 319.75 mph.
- Joe Amato won the first-ever NHRA Top Fuel final at Infineon Raceway in 1988. Other winners in the first year were Mark Oswald (Funny Car) and Harry Scribner (Pro Stock).
- Warren Johnson was the first Pro Stock driver to eclipse the 200 mph barrier at Infineon Raceway, turning the quarter-mile at 201.16 mph in 2000.
- Michael Phillips set the Pro Stock Motorcycle track speed record in 2010 (197.65). Hector Arana set a track record for ET in 2010 (6.849).
- Allen Johnson broke the ET (6.545) and speed records (210.77) for Pro Stock at Infineon Raceway in 2010.
- Jim Yates (1995, ‘97, and ‘99), Warren Johnson (1992, ‘96, and ‘98), Darrell Alderman (1990-91, ‘94) and Greg Anderson (2004-’05, 2007) have combined to win 12 of 21 Pro Stock titles at Infineon Raceway.
- Andrew Hines holds the record for most wins in Sonoma in Pro Stock Motorcycle with two (2005, ’08). There have been seven different winners in eight years of Pro Stock Motorcycle competition in Sonoma.
- Antron Brown has reached the finals at Infineon Raceway in both Top Fuel (2008) and Pro Stock Motorcycle (2004, ’06). Only other racers to reach finals in two categories are Don Prudhomme (Top Fuel, Funny Car) and Gary Scelzi (Top Fuel, Funny Car)
- Tony Schumacher has reached the final round in Top Fuel four of the last five years in Sonoma (2006-2008, 2010).