Drivers Get Sideways at Sonoma Raceway Winter Jam This Weekend
High-speed drifting will take center stage at Sonoma Raceway next weekend at Sonoma Drift's Winter Jam, Dec. 19-20.
The Winter Jam Series Drift Festival, hosted by Sonoma Drift, will take place at six different locations around the facility, including two courses in the main paddock and courses at Turns 7, 2-4, 8 and 11 of the 12-turn road course.
More than 150 drivers have registered for next weekend's event, which concludes the 2015 Sonoma Drift season. Highlights of the weekend include Saturday's Team Tandem competition, where three or more drivers drift side-by-side, coming mere inches away from the wall and one another. Sunday features the fan-favorite Winter Jam Competition, which will crown the 2015 Winter Jam Champion.
The weekend will include several professional drifters, including local drivers San Jose's Matt Field, Sacramento's Ryan Kado and San Jose's Jeff Wolfson. These professionals will go toe-to-toe throughout the weekend with local amateur drifters looking to compete at the next level.
"I'm excited to come out to Winter Jam because I hear the grassroots drifting scene is strong in Northern California," said Aurimas "ODI" Bakchis, a professional Formula Drift driver from Lithuania, who will run at his first Sonoma Drift event this weekend. "I'm looking forward to meeting the drivers and hopefully banging doors with them throughout the event."
Drifting differs from traditional racing as the drivers work to control their high-horsepower car while it slides sideways at high speed. Drivers are judged on execution and style rather than who finishes the course fastest.
Drifting action gets under way each day at 10 a.m. Spectator admission is $10 per day; kids 12 and under are admitted free and parking is free. For more information, visit racesonoma.com/sonomadrift or call 800-870-RACE (7223).