SONOMA RACEWAY FUN FACTS
• The Sonoma Raceway road course features more than 160 feet of elevation change from its highest point (Turn 3a, 174 feet) to its lowest point (Turn 10, 14 feet).
• The berms on the turns of the road course are painted blue and gold at the suggestion of raceway President and General Manager Steve Page, who attended UC Berkeley.
• The property on which the raceway was built was a working farm called Sears Point Farm in the early 1900s.
• The raceway houses a motorsports industrial park of more than 70 businesses in 104 shops.
• In 2011, in a partnership with Panasonic Corporation of North America, the raceway completed a solar installation of nearly 1,700 solar panels, which offsets approximately 41% of the raceway's energy usage.
• Drivers who complete the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup race will make 1,100 turns around the road course. The race spans 110 laps.
• The NASCAR configuration of the Sonoma Raceway road course is lined with 1,000 tire packs made up of 25,000 tires, 90,000 screws, 90,000 clips and 180,000 washers.
• Mat Mladin (AMA), Josh Hayes (AMA), Doug Kalitta (NHRA, Top Fuel), John Force (NHRA, Funny Car) and Jeff Gordon (NASCAR) are the only riders/drivers to three-peat in a major racing series in Sonoma.
• Nearly 4,000 sheep, housed at the raceway and provided by Rocky Mountain Wooly Weeders, provide natural land care, helping to maintain the facility's grasses and fire lanes.
• Winners in Sonoma celebrate with a sip from the Champion's Goblet in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle. The goblet, which is handcrafted by a local glass blower from Sonoma, was introduced in 2006 and incorporates the raceway’s rich wine country heritage.
• The raceway has collected more than 475 tons of materials (950,110 pounds) since the inception of its recycling program in 2004.
• Through the Track Ambassador program, the raceway engages approximately 300 volunteers to help around the facility during event weekends and at various promotional and charitable activities throughout the year.
• The raceway donated 8,045 event tickets valued at more than $418,356 to Northern California non-profit organizations in 2014.
• Levy Restaurants partnered with 14 local non-profits who worked in concession stands during event weekends in 2014. These groups received more than $76,000 for their efforts.
• Sonoma Raceway is home to 15 owl boxes, which encourage owls to nest and help with natural rodent mitigation.
WALL OF FAME
The Wall of Fame is designed to honor those who have excelled not only in their form of motor racing, but more importantly, in Sonoma. Each inductee is recognized during a ceremony with a marble plaque engraved with his/her likeness. All of the plaques are placed onto the Wall of Fame, which is located behind the main grandstand.
The Wall of Fame includes competitors from all forms of motor racing featured in Sonoma, including NASCAR, NHRA, AMA, open-wheel cars, sports cars and more. It will also include those who have made significant contributions to the raceway over the years. A raceway committee oversees the selection process on an annual basis.
WALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
Rusty Wallace (NASCAR)
Mark Martin (NASCAR)
Warren Johnson (NHRA)
Miguel Duhamel (AMA)
Rich Oliver (AMA)
Jeff Gordon (NASCAR)
O. Bruton Smith (Speedway Motorsports, Inc.)
John Force (NHRA)
Mat Mladin (AMA)
Ricky Rudd (NASCAR)
Bob Piccinini (Save Mart Supermarkets)
Gary Scelzi (NHRA)
Joe W. Huffaker (Huffaker Engineering)
Ken Clapp (NASCAR)
Doug Kalitta (NHRA)
Rick Hendrick (NASCAR)
Don Prudhomme (NHRA)
John Cardinale (Sonoma Raceway)
Ron Capps (NHRA)
Roger Penske (INDYCAR and NASCAR)