Pro Mods, Jet Dragsters Added to NHRA Sonoma Nationals Weekend
The hills of the Sonoma Valley will shake with 8,000 horsepower and 300 mph speeds when the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series comes to town for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals this weekend, July 26-28.
To augment the on-track action, the raceway has added an incredible line up of West Coast Outlaw Pro Mods, featuring six-second door slammers ranging from highly-modified Dodge Vipers to supercharged Camaros. Eight cars from the West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Series will be featured on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Two jet dragsters have also just been added to the weekend line up. These fire-breathing machines reach speeds of more than 300 mph and will be featured on Friday and Saturday following the final nitro qualifying sessions.
Away from the drag strip, fans can enjoy the open pits, get autographs from their favorite drivers, and enjoy all the activities the raceway has in store. Here's a glimpse at what fans can enjoy during race weekend:
4th Annual Nostalgia Get Together
Visit the Nostalgia Get Together display in the garages in the main paddock to check out a stellar collection of nearly 60 vintage dragsters, hot rods and more.
3rd Annual Blast on the Grass
Check out the Blast on the Grass Car Show featuring hot rods, muscles cars, rat rods and exotics. This great display will be located on the lawn behind the staging lanes. Don't miss it!
Head to the Wine Country Winner's Circle on Friday at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to ask your favorite NHRA drag racer a question! Check the posted board for times and drivers.
Sonoma Raceway Girls
Say hello to the popular Sonoma Raceway Girls this weekend, and don't miss your chance to have your picture taken with these lovely ladies. Pick up a Raceway Girls poster at the Ticket Pit Stop behind the main grandstand.
Visit Nitro Alley to visit interactive displays, merchandise haulers and check out cars on display.
NEW!! Heroes in our Community Booth
Fans can send a hero to the upcoming GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma INDYCAR race in August through a $10 donation at the Heroes in Our Community Booth, presented by PG&E. The booth is also a hub where fans can sign banners thanking military and first responders for their service.
Ticket Pit Stop
Stop by the Ticket Pit Stop, located behind the Main Grandstand in the paddock to get answers to all of your questions, plus news about upcoming events. This is also the site of the Speedway Children's Charities booth where you can purchase $1 raffle tickets to win one of two signed guitars by NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne or country stars Big & Rich.
CHP Designated Driver Booth
Visit the California Highway Patrol Designated Driver Booth in the main paddock to pledge to be the designated driver for your group. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Lead-Foot Ladies Starting Line Party
Join Sonoma Raceway in honoring the Lead-Foot Ladies of the NHRA, including Alexis DeJoria, Brittany Force and Courtney Force, who will take part in a Track Walk down the drag strip as well as a Q&A with race fans prior to pre-race ceremonies. Upgrades to your race-day ticket are available for $20 at the entrance to the track next to the Wine Country Winner's Circle.
Hometown Hero Recognition
PG&E's Heroes in our Community will honor Rohnert Park's Nicole Massey, local disaster responder, during pre-race ceremonies. Massey will be returning from her work in Prescott, Ariz. where she played a critical role in coordinating volunteer efforts to meet the needs of disaster clients from the devastating wild fires. Entering her third year with the Red Cross, Massey leads local efforts to engage, train and reward volunteers to support the Red Cross effort to make our community safer, better place to live.
Eric Medlen Ice Cream Social
Join us as we honor the late Funny Car racer Eric Medlen after final round eliminations on Sunday. Fans are invited onto the race surface for a free scoop of ice cream, compliments of Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream. Fans are also encouraged to donate to Speedway Children's Charities.
National Anthem by Sacramento's Ella Pierce
Sacramento's Ella Pierce will sing the national anthem on Sunday of the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. At just 10 years old, Ella is the winner of Sacramento's Stairway to Stardom contest and has sung the national anthem at a Sacramento River Cats game and at the Big Wake Weekend at Folsom Lake. This will be her first performance at a motorsports event.