Plenty of Charitable Fan Activities Lined up for CSRG Charity Challenge This Weekend
More than 200 historic sports cars will grace the Sonoma Raceway road course this weekend during the 10th consecutive Classic Sports Racing Group (CSRG) Charity Challenge, and fans can get in on the fun with several charitable events slated for both on and off the track.
CSRG, which has donated more than $500,000 to the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) since 2002, will continue its high-speed fundraising efforts this weekend, Oct. 5-6, with charity track rides and a race-themed raffle. Fans can enjoy a thrilling, three-lap ride around the road course in one of 30 different participating race cars during the Charity Track Rides on Saturday and Sunday. Prices for the Charity Track Rides, which begin at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday, range from $75-$450, depending on the car chosen. The hot laps always sell out quickly, so arrive at the track early to reserve your spot. Pace car rides and checkered flag waving opportunities are also available.
The weekend will also feature a race-themed charity raffle with fantastic prizes, including a GoPro camera, 2014 Sonoma Raceway season passes, a fire suit from veteran Formula One racer Rubens Barrichello, wine gift sets, driver-autographed memorabilia and much more. Raffle tickets are $10 each; $25 for 3; or $50 for a 'stretch.' All proceeds from the raffle go directly to SCC.
Be sure to bring your appetite to the track, as the Raceway Caf√© will be open each day. You can also complete the weekend with a selection of Northern California craft beers, including Scrimshaw, Racer 5, North Coast 101, Moylan's, Ace Hard Cider and a sampling of Sonoma Valley wines.
The CSRG Charity Challenge is a celebration of historic car racing featuring 1950s sports cars and marques like Maserati, Ferrari, Porsche, Lotus and several well-known American "Specials" from the Golden Era of U.S. sports car racing, as well as a full array of formula cars, Trans-Am and production sports cars. The event will feature eight race groups with qualifying and races on Saturday and Sunday slated for the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course. Tickets can be purchased at the gate and are $25 each day or $40 for a two-day pass. High school and college students as well as military and veterans are admitted free with appropriate identification.
The Sonoma chapter of SCC, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, is dedicated to raising money for Sonoma County youth organizations. SCC has distributed more than $4.3 million since 2001. For more information on the Classic Sports Racing Group, visit www.csrgracing.org or visit CSRG's Facebook page.