SONOMA, Calif. (Sept. 6, 2016) - Fans of the Verizon IndyCar Series can enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences and unique collectibles, all in the name of charity, with the Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) online charity auction in advance of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway.

The auction, which launched today at, features nearly 20 items, including "Ride of a Lifetime" experiences with top INDYCAR drivers, autographed memorabilia and unique race-weekend packages. The online format opens the auction to all race fans, including those who still need to purchase tickets for race weekend, and will run through Tuesday, Sept. 13.

The highlight of the auction is the chance to bid on Ride-a-Lifetime Experiences with 12 different Verizon IndyCar Series drivers. These packages include a ride around the road course in the back of a Honda Ridgeline immediately following driver introductions. The drivers included in this year's auction are:

  • Marco Andretti
  • Helio Castroneves
  • James Hinchcliffe
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay
  • Tony Kanaan
  • Charlie Kimball
  • Juan Pablo Montoya
  • Josef Newgarden
  • Simon Pagenaud
  • Will Power
  • Graham Rahal
  • Alexander Rossi

The auction also includes autographed items and collectibles, including

  • Alexander Rossi Signed Indianapolis 100th Running Hat and Roadster Car
  • Real. Strong. Humboldt Redwood Deck Experience Package
  • Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi signed hat and champagne
  • 2017 IndyCar Two-Seat Racing Experience
  • Autographed Sonoma Raceway Aerial Image
  • A.J. Foyt Signed Champagne Bottle
  • A.J. Foyt Signed Wine Bottle

SCC will also continue its "Little Wheels Big Fun" raffle during IndyCar weekend, offering the chance to win a set of four Yokohama Geolander or Passenger Tires and a Surge Roadster battery-powered car. The Surge Roadster seats two young children with adjustable seat belts, working horn, 12-volt motor with a 45-minute run time and was donated by local American Canyon wheeled-goods supplier, Dynacraft, Inc. Raffle tickets sell for $1 each, 6 for $5, 13 for $10 and 27 for $20. Tickets can be purchased during race weekend at the Ticket Pit Stop located behind the Main Grandstand or by contacting Cheri Plattner at (707)933-3950 or [email protected]. The winning ticket will be chosen on Oct. 6.

        All proceeds from the auction benefit the Sonoma chapter of SCC, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway. The Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities is dedicated to helping children in need in Sonoma County and has distributed more than $5.1 million to qualified youth groups since 2001. For more information on the local chapter, visit

        For more information or to purchase tickets for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend, visit or call 800-870-RACE (7223).