Toyota/Save Mart 350 Pre-Race Show Features Tribute, Air Show and Aerobatics
The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is sure to feature its usual brand of high-intensity, fender-banging action on Sunday, June 28, and to set the tone for one of the most exciting races on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, Sonoma Raceway has put together an unforgettable pre-race show featuring everything from jets to giant shopping carts to live music entertainment.
This year's event also marks the last laps around the challenging road course for Jeff Gordon, a Northern California native and undisputed king of Sonoma Raceway, so it's a can't-miss event for NASCAR fans.
There will be plenty of on-track action throughout the day, but be sure to get your tickets and arrive early, as pre-race entertainment will get underway at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 28. The best way to get up-close to the action is by adding the Pre-Race Pit and Track Pass to your Sunday ticket. For $75, you can get down on the road course for a stage-front view of all the entertainment.
Listed below is what fans can expect during this year's incredible pre-race show:
Jeff Gordon Tribute Video
Jeff Gordon is the undisputed king of the road course with five wins and five pole positions in wine country, the most of any driver. Sonoma has always been a special place for Gordon and Sonoma Raceway has put together a special video for the Vallejo native, whose racing roots stem from Northern California.
Team Chambliss - Red Bull Air Race World Championships
Team Chambliss from the Red Bull Air Race World Championships will delight fans in a Zivko Edge 540 with a show of high speed, low altitude aeronautical aerobatics. Kirby Chambliss is one of the most outstanding pilots ever to fly in the Red Bull Air Race, boasting two World Championships and eight race victories, which puts him joint third on the all-time wins list. Chambliss is an aerobatics World Champion and helped develop the Red Bull Air Race with innovations, his sharp tactical mind and an insatiable appetite to win..
Pre-Race Concert by Lindsay Bruce
Born and raised in nearby Santa Rosa, singer-songwriter Lindsay Bruce is the voice of California County. In 2014, Bruce beat out more than 60,000 hopefuls, landing a spot on Season 6 of The Voice, joining Team Shakira and working with Miranda Lambert. Bruce will perform a pre-race concert as well as God Bless America during pre-race festivities.
Patriots Jet Team Air Show
The Patriots Jet Team will electrify race fans with a 25-minute air show just one hour before the green flag drops! The demonstration will feature six-L-39 albatross jets strutting their fast-paced formation flying, choreographed six-jet diamond-formation aerobatic maneuvers and their signature "Tail Slide," where the aircraft actually slides backwards toward the ground.
The field of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will walk the "cat walk" before taking their pre-race parade lap. Be sure you've purchased your Pre-Race Pit & Track Pass to get an up-close look at driver introductions.
Save Mart Giant Shopping Cart
Save Mart Supermarkets will take its giant 12-foot shopping cart for a lap around the road course.
National Anthem performed by Morgan Karr
Award-winning singer/songwriter Morgan Karr will salute our county by performing the national anthem before the Toyota/Save Mart 350. Karr, a native of Nashville, will appear in concert in Transcendence Theatre's "Under the Stars" at Landmark Vineyards, Aug. 1-2.
Drivers, Start Your Engines!
Following all of this incredible entertainment, it's time to fire up the engines for 110 laps on the Sonoma Valley road course!