Wednesday nights. Sideways cars. Screeching Tires. White Smoke. All this can only mean one thing: the return of Sonoma Drift.

Sonoma Drift runs in conjunction with the weekly Wednesday Night Drags program, providing a safe, legal and controlled environment in which professionals and amateurs can perfect their drifting skills. Drifting is a high-skill motor sport that calls for drivers to control a high-horsepower car while it slides sideways at high speeds through a marked course. This is a sport where drivers are judged on style and execution rather than who finishes with the fastest time.

Each week, racers will drift on a specially-designed course in the Sonoma Raceway paddock area. Entries can range anywhere from the style and curves of a Nissan 350z to the pure power of American-made muscle cars. All cars must pass a simple technical inspection before drifting begins at 4 p.m. Entrance is $10 for spectators.

New for 2015, select Wednesdays will be branded Word Up Wednesdays, presented by Fatlace. Headquartered in San Mateo, Fatlace will have a monthly presence at the track with its sponsored cars and display.  The highlight of Word Up Wednesdays will be Red Baron Fun Competitions. The Fun Comps will highlight the more casual side of drifting, with competitions such as wall rides, table contests, backwards entries and more. Prizes include various types of safety equipment provided by Red Baron Racing.