Sonoma Raceway will open its gates for another year of its popular "Drags and Drift" program, featuring drag racing on its world-famous quarter-mile drag strip, as well as drifting behind the main grandstand. "Drags and Drift" will be featured most Wednesday nights from March 5- Nov. 12. Check  www.racesonoma.com/schedule for details on the full schedule.

This marks the 26th consecutive year for the popular Wednesday Night Drags, which gives people a safe, legal and controlled environment in which to drag race their vehicles, as opposed to using city streets or back-county roads. Anyone with a driver's license and a car that passes a simple technical inspection is invited to race on the world-famous Sonoma Valley drag strip — it's the same racing surface used by the world's fastest drag racers of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Sonoma Drift enters its fourth year at Sonoma Raceway and runs most Wednesday nights in the paddock behind the main grandstand. Drifting is a high-skill form of motor sport that requires drivers to control their car while it slides sideways at high speeds through a marked course. Drivers are judged on execution and style rather than who finishes the course fastest. Entries have included everything from Nissans to American-made muscle cars. All cars must pass a simple technical inspection before drivers can compete.

The season begins on Wednesday, March 5.

Wednesday Night Drags — Time runs at 4 p.m., with racing from 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

Sonoma Drift — 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

Wednesday Night Drags — $25 competitors ($15 with valid high school ID).


Sonoma Drift — $40 pre-register (www.racesonoma.com/sonomadrift). No on-site registration.

Both Wednesday Night Drags and Sonoma Drift are great spectator events. Fans are encouraged to attend the racing each Wednesday night and the cost is just $10. Children 12-and-under are FREE and parking is FREE.

Visit www.racesonoma.com/youcanrace, 800-870-RACE (7223).