Toyota/Save Mart 350 Fast Facts
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits the Sonoma Valley for the 24th consecutive year at the Toyota/Save Mart 350. This will mark the first of two road-course events on the NASCAR schedule.
June 22-24. The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is the 16th race on the 36-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.
10-turn, 1.99-mile road course.
The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is measured in kilometers. The race distance is 218.9 miles or 110 laps around the 1.99-mile road course.
Forty-four drivers attempted to qualify for last year’s event. The starting field in 2012 will feature 43 cars. It will be the largest grid of any feature car race in Sonoma.
Total purse of $5,637,427
Schedule (All times Pacific):
Friday: Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, Noon-1:30 p.m.; NASCAR West Series Qualifying, 1:50 p.m.; Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, 3:40 p.m.
Saturday: Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.; Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice, 10:45 a.m.-noon; Pick-n-Pull Racing to Stop Hunger 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Race, 12:45 p.m.
Sunday: Toyota/Save Mart 350, noon
For a complete schedule, visit www.racesonoma.com/nascar
Television (All times Pacific):
Friday: Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, Noon (SPEED); Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, 8 p.m. (SPEED)
Saturday: Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice, 8 p.m. (SPEED).
Sunday: Toyota/Save Mart 350, Noon (TNT)
Local Radio Coverage (provided by PRN):
KNBR 1050 AM (San Francisco): Sunday, June 24: Toyota/Save Mart 350 and Post-Race Show.
What To Expect:
Kurt Busch earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road-course victory when he took the checkers in Sonoma in 2011. Busch was the seventh different race winner in seven years, and the fourth consecutive driver to claim his first Sprint Cup Series road-course victory…. Jeff Gordon is the undisputed king of Sonoma, with five victories (1998-2000, ‘04, ‘06) and five pole positions (1998-99, ‘01, ‘04, ‘05). Gordon also boasts 12 top-five finishes and 15 top-10 finishes – the most of any driver…. Two-time winners in Sonoma include Rusty Wallace (1990, ‘96), Ernie Irvan (1992, ‘94), Ricky Rudd (1989, 2002) and Tony Stewart (2001, ‘05).… Mark Martin has completed the most laps of any NASCAR driver in Sonoma. He has completed 1,975 of 2,219 laps run in Sonoma… There have been 96 lead changes combined over the last 10 years of Cup Series competition on the Sonoma road course.
Qualifying: Jeff Gordon, June 24, 2005, 94.325 mph/1:15.950
Race: Ricky Rudd, June 23, 2002, 81.007 mph
Legends in Sonoma:
Fans will be treated to a glimpse of racing history with the Legends in Sonoma program. The raceway will honor NASCAR Hall of Fame members Donnie Allison and Marvin Panch. Allison and Panch will be featured at an autograph and Q&A session on Friday at 1 p.m. (Pacific) in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle, as well as a pre-race Q&A at the start/finish line on Sunday morning during pre-race ceremonies.
- The weekend will also feature the Pick-n-Pull Racing to Stop Hunger 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race on Saturday, June 23 at 12:45 p.m. (Pacific). The race will span 64 laps and a handful of Sprint Cup Series regulars are expected to compete. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Joey Logano claimed his first Sonoma victory last year.
- Race fans will also be treated to a 25-minute air show by Discovery Bay's Patriots Jet Demonstration Team, the nation's only civilian aerobatic jet team, for a sixth straight year during pre-event ceremonies on race day, June 24. It's the only air show of its kind on the NASCAR circuit.
- Tony La Russa, one of the greatest managers in the history of Major League Baseball, is Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350.