What:
Four-hundred historic racecars, some dating as far back as Pre-World War I, will grace Infineon Raceway for a weekend of racing at the 2nd annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival.  Entries include many local racers, as well as entrants from as far away as St. Croix, Australia, Brazil, Canada and New Zealand.

Where:
Infineon Raceway, Highways 37 & 121, Sonoma (800-870-RACE).

When:
June 4-5.

Entries:                       
Four-hundred racecars, some dating back as far back as Pre-World War I, will compete over the race weekend in 13 different groups. There will be seven groups of racing on Saturday, and six groups of racing on Sunday.

Featured Marque:
This year’s event will honor the renowned McLaren as its featured marque, with 26 authentic McLarens on track during the weekend.  The legendary McLaren name has graced the halls of motor sports since its famed founder Bruce McLaren of New Zealand created the McLaren race team in 1963.

Schedule:       
Saturday, June 4: Warm-up (all groups), 8:45 a.m.-11:40 a.m.; Main events (all groups, 11 laps each race), 1:05 p.m.-4:05 p.m. Sunday, June 5: Warm-up (all groups), 8:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.; Main events (all groups, 11 laps each race), 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Racing Groups:

Saturday

  • Group 1A (1955-1962 GT Cars)
  • Group 2A (1949-1955 Sports Racing and GT Cars)
  • Group 3A (1960-1965 Sports Racing Cars)
  • Group 4A (1963-1966 GT Cars over 2500cc)
  • Group 5A (1955-1964 Formula Cars, F-Jr, F2, Tasman, F1/GP)
  • Group 6A (1966-1974 Historic Formula One Cars)
  • Group 7A (1966-1972 Historic Trans-Am Cars)

Sunday

  • Group 1B (1911-1926 and 1927-1949 Sport and Racing Cars)
  • Group 2B (1955-1960 Sports Racing Cars)
  • Group 3B (1962-1967 GT Cars under 2500cc)
  • Group 4B (1966-1980 FIA Makes & IMSA GT Cars)
  • Group 5B (1966-1974 Historic Can-Am Cars)
  • Group 6B (1981-1991 IMSA GTO & Trans-Am Cars)

 

Circuit/Race Length:                         
12-turn, 2.52-mile road course.

Local drivers of note:
Larry Ayers (1930 Morgan Super Aero, Vallejo); Steve Cook (1968 McLaren M6B, Yountville); Fred Cziska (1974 Shadow, Petaluma); Danny Baker (1977 McLaren M23, San Francisco); Jim Gallucci (1969 McLaren M8C, Danville); Dave Lipsky (1965 Sunbeam, Sonoma); Gary Lucas (1915 Ford Racer, Tiburon); Charles McCabe (1934 Bugatti T-59, San Francisco); Carl Moore (1968 McLaren M6A, Alamo); Jeffrey O’Neill (1957 Maserati, Kentfield); Michael Summers (1962 Lotus, N. Sacramento).

2010 Winners: 
Group 1A: David Hankin (1968 Ford Torino, Redding); Group 2A: Rob Manson (1952 Schaghticoke, Barcelona); Group 3A: Scott Brown (1957 MGA, Redwood City); Group 4A: Tom Claridge (1964 Ginetta, Los Gatos); Group 5A: Dave Vegher (1966 Elva, Petaluma); Group 6A: Steve Petty (1991 Camaro, Charles Town, W. Va.); Group 7A: Chris MacAllister (1971 McLaren, Sonoma); Group 1B: Peter Giddings (1935 Alfa Romeo, Danville); Group 2B: Donald Orosco (1958 Lotus, Monterey); Group 3B: Terry Gough (1965 Corvette, Reno); Group 4B: Art Hebert (1963 Lola, Larkspur); Group 5B: Dave Vegher (1976 Lola, Sparks, Nev.); GROUP 6B: Jim Hague (1972 Javelin, Santa Clara).

2010 Local Recap: 
Bay Area drivers pocketed five victories at the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival last year. Petaluma’s Dave Vegher made it a sweep for the weekend, taking the checkers on Sunday in Group 5B (1965-1988 IMSA GTP Cars), piloting a 1976 Lola. The victory capped a perfect weekend for Vegher, who also won on Saturday in his 1966 Elva in Group 5A (1961-1966 Sports Racing Cars).  Other Bay Area winners included Danville’s Peter Giddings (1935 Alfa-Romeo, 1914-1949 Pre-War Sports and Racing Cars), Larkspur’s Art Hebert (1963 Lola, 1958-1963 Formula Cars), and Sonoma’s Chris MacAllister (1971 McLaren, 1966-1974 Historic Can-Am Cars).

In addition:                 
The weekend will also be highlighted by the Wine Country Pavilion, which will feature gourmet wine and food from area purveyors.  Entry to the pavilion is included with the price of admission. Hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each day.

Admission:                  
Advance: $40, Saturday; $40, Sunday; $60, weekend pass.  Youth (Ages 13-20): $20 day/$30 weekend.  Children 12-and-under are FREE. Parking is FREE. Call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit www.infineonraceway.com/historics or www.ticketmaster.com for more information.