Race fans will be treated to a free preview of the Indy® Grand Prix of Sonoma on Thursday, Aug. 18, as 11 race teams from the IZOD IndyCar® Series will take part in a one-day test session at Infineon Raceway.

The test is being held in advance of the series’ only visit to Northern California for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Aug. 26-28.  This marks the seventh consecutive year of INDYCAR racing in the Sonoma Valley, and the track has seen six different winners over the past six years.

Race fans will be admitted FREE to the test session, which will span from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. They will be allowed to watch the test session from the main grandstand, wander around the paddock and attend the noon press conference (space permitting). The Raceway Café will also be open for lunch.

Fans will also be treated to FREE Pit Tours during the test from 10:30-noon and 1-2:30 p.m. Please meet at the Wine Country Winner’s Circle for the Pit Tours; you must be 18 years old for the tours. Space on the tours is limited.

Teams and drivers scheduled to attend the test include current IZOD IndyCar Series points leader Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing), as well defeneding Sonoma champion Will Power (Team Penske).  Sausalito native J.R. Hildebrand will also return to his home track during the test.    The complete list of team/drivers attending is:

  • Andretti Autosport - Marco Andretti, Mike Conway
  • Conquest Racing - Sebastian Saavedra
  • Dreyer & Reinbold Racing – Ana Beatriz, Tomas Scheckter  
  • HVM Racing – Simona de Silvestro
  • KV Racing Technology - Takuma Sato, EJ Viso
  • Newman/Haas Racing - Oriol Servia
  • Panther Racing - JR Hildebrand
  • Sam Schmidt Motorsports – Martin Plowman
  • Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing - Graham Rahal
  • Target Chip Ganassi Racing - Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti
  • Team Penske – Will Power

The raceway will feature a number of ticket packages at the test session, highlighted by packages that include race-day Q&A sessions with Danica Patrick or four racing legends, including Mario Andretti.  These $99 packages also include a ticket to the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sundya, Aug. 28, and a garage/pit/pre-race pass.  For more information, visit www.infineonraceway.com/indycar or call 800-870-RACE (7223).