**MEDIA OPPORTUNITY**

WHAT:

Sonoma Raceway hosts the season opener of its popular "Drags and Drift" program this Wednesday. The Wednesday Night Drags program will kick off with drag racing on the quarter-mile drag strip, while Sonoma Drift hosts drifting behind the main grandstand and on the road course.

WHEN:

This Wednesday, March 15, 3:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

WHERE:

Sonoma Raceway, 29355 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, www.sonomaraceway.com

VISUALS/INTERVIEWS:

Approximately 200 Northern California drag racers and 40 drifters are expected to turn out for the first Drags and Drift event of the year. Entrants are likely to range from high-school students to working professionals. Local drag racers, drifters and raceway officials will be available for one-on-one interviews, and media members are welcome to ride along in racing vehicles.

ABOUT DRAGS AND DRIFT:

WEDNESDAY NIGHT DRAGS

For nearly 30 years, the popular Wednesday Night Drags program has helped local drivers fulfill their need for speed. Wednesday Night Drags provides licensed drivers a safe, legal and controlled environment to race their cars down Sonoma Raceway's quarter-mile drag strip.

SONOMA DRIFT

Drifting is a driving competition made famous in Japan in the 1970s and recently popular worldwide. Drifting is judged on speed, angle, showmanship and line taken through a set course, rather than who finishes first. Sonoma Drift attracts competitors and fans from throughout the Bay Area and will feature a series of competitions throughout the evening, which will showcase both single car and tandem drifting.

Drifting runs from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. on the road course and concludes behind the Main Grandstand from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

MORE INFORMATION:
Visit www.sonomaraceway.com/track/wednesday_night_drags, www.sonomaraceway.com/track/sonoma_drift or call 800-870-RACE (7223).

MEDIA RSVP:

Jen Imbimbo: 707-933-3981 or jennifer@sonomaraceway.com

Chelsea Lazzari: 707-933-3927 or clazzari@sonomaraceway.com