High school students will have the chance to drag race against Bay Area law enforcement officers when the popular Top the Cops™ program returns to Infineon Raceway, April 4. 

The Top the Cops™ program, which enters its 18th season in 2012, offers an alternative to illegal street racing and gives teens the chance to race against law enforcement officers, who compete in full uniform in their official vehicles. The program also provides a unique environment for the officers to talk with teens about safe driving and the rules of the road.

“The Top the Cops program has been great way for law enforcement to connect with high school-age youths and the community in a positive way,” said Officer Robert Marin of the Fairfield Police Department, who has participated in the program since 1999. “This program has given teens an avenue to satisfy their need for speed and has provided a wonderful way to bring youths with similar interests together to hang out and have fun while being in a safe environment.”

Top the Cops™ will run in conjunction with the STP Wednesday Night Drags program, April 4-Aug. 15. Participants must have a current high school identification card and driver’s license, and a car that passes a simple technical inspection.  Students are given practice runs, which then lead to head-to-head competition against an officer in his/her patrol car. 

The nine participating law enforcement agencies are:

  • California Highway Patrol                                       
  • Fairfield Police Department
  • Fremont Police Department
  • Napa Police Department                                          
  • Novato Police Department
  • Sebastopol Peace Officers Association
  • Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department                                                
  • Sonoma Police Department
  • Windsor Police Department

Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with racing spanning from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Cost is $15 for students (with high school ID card) and $10 for spectators.  For more information about the Top the Cops™ or STP Wednesday Night Drags program, call 800-870-RACE (7223)or visit www.infineonraceway.com/youcanrace.