WHAT: The popular California Army National Guard Wednesday Night Drags program kicks off its 19th consecutive year at Infineon Raceway on March 7. The raceway will open its gates most every Wednesday night through Nov. 7 for fans who would like to race down its world-famous quarter-mile drag strip.

OBJECTIVE: The objective of the program is to give people, from teenagers to working professionals, a safe, legal and controlled environment in which to race their vehicles, as opposed to using city streets or back-county roads.

WHEN: Most Wednesday nights beginning March 7. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., racing spans from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. The season runs through Nov. 7.

TRACK: World-famous quarter-mile drag strip at Infineon Raceway.

WHO: Anyone with a driver's license can compete, providing their vehicle or motorcycle passes a simple technical inspection. All vehicles must have mufflers. Please refer to the rules and regulations at http://www.infineonraceway.com/raceway%5Finfo/you%5Fcan%5Frace/wednesday%5Fnight%5Fdrags/. The event attracts a varied crowd, including students, parents, working professionals and grandparents racing everything from Porsches to Mini-Vans. Three-hundred cars are allowed to compete each Wednesday night. The weekly event attracts an average of 900-1,200 people (competitors and spectators).

TOP THE COPS: An added bonus for high school students is the "Top the Cops" program. This will run in conjunction with the California Army National Guard Wednesday Night Drags and offers high school students the chance to race against local law enforcement officers, who will be driving their squad cars. The program is designed to help take illegal racing off the streets and bring it to a safe, legal and controlled environment. This portion of the program will begin in May.

COST: $25 competitors, $15 for students with their high school identification card, $10 spectators. For more information, call 800-870-RACE or visit http://www.infineonraceway.com/.