Sonoma Raceway will celebrate 50 years of racing during its 2019 race season, as the motorsports facility hosts a full slate of on-track activity while looking back at its incredible history in the Sonoma Valley
Honoring the raceway’s history and memorable moments will be at the heart of the raceway’s efforts in 2019, including celebrations to mark significant milestones in the raceway’s history, signature celebrations at the raceway’s major events featuring drivers and legends, and plenty of throwback images and memorabilia.
Race fans are invited to get in on the fun by sharing their memories, stories and pictures from events at Sonoma Raceway at the link below or on social media using the hashtag #Race50noma.
50th Anniversary Event Elements
50th Anniversary Display
Sonoma Raceway has assembled a display of iconic stock cars to represent some of the most memorable cars and drivers from NASCAR’s history in Sonoma. Check out Kyle Busch’s 2015 No. 18 M&M’s Toyota, Jeff Gordon’s 2006 No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet, as well as the No. 4 Kodak Oldsmobile driven by Ernie Irvan in 1991-1992 and Dale Earnhardt’s No. 3 Goodwrench Monte Carlo from his 1995 win in Sonoma.
NASCAR Legends Q&A
Ernie Irvan, Richard Childress and Hershel McGriff will be the featured guests during the pre-race Legends Chat, which will serve as the centerpiece of the Pre-Race Show Powered by Friedman’s Home Improvement just hours before the green flag falls.
Sonoma Raceway Launches 50th Anniversary Book
To commemorate its 50 years history, Sonoma Raceway has released a limited-edition 50th anniversary book. The photo-filled memoir chronicles the raceway’s history over five decades, including its tumultuous early years, emergence on the national racing scene and transformation following its purchase by Speedway Motorsports, Inc. in the mid-1990s. The book includes highlighted sections on the raceway’s modernization in the late 1990s and its community involvement. The $30 book will be available at souvenir stands throughout the facility, as well as at Wine Country Motorsports in the main paddock.
Toyota Racing Development Celebrates 40 Years, Named Grand Marshal
Toyota Racing Development, represented by TRD President David Wilson, is celebrating its 40th anniversary and has been named Grand Marshal of the Toyota/Save Mart 350. TRD boast five wins in Sonoma since they debuted in Cup Series in 2007 (Kyle Busch 2008, ’15, Clint Bowyer 2012, Martin Truex Jr. 2013, ’18).