Speedway Children's Charities is the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway.  The mission of Speedway Children's Charities is to care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives.  

The Sonoma Chapter of SCC has distributed more than $4.8 million to qualified Sonoma County youth groups since 2001.

Much of the funds distributed by Speedway Children's Charities are raised at special events held throughout the year. Most Speedway Children's Charities events are geared around major event weekends at Sonoma Raceway. 

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For more information on any of these events or to donate to Speedway Children's Charities, please contact: Cheri Plattner at 707-933-3918 or cplattner@racesonoma.com.

Speedway Children's Charities 2015 Charitable Events

Charity Track Laps, Jan. 17 

24 Hours of LeMons, Jan. 18-19

Tour de Charity karting event, March 21

24 Hours of LeMons, March 21-22

Classic Sports Racing Group, April 11

3Js Motorcycle Track Day, April 29

Historic Race Car Festival, May 30

Children's Champions NASCAR Grand Marshal's Banquet, June 26

Charity Auction (online) Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR - dates TBD

Eric Medlen Nitro Night - NHRA drag racing weekend, July 30

Eric Medlen Ice Cream Social at NHRA Weekend, August 2

Charity Concert - Wonderbread 5 - Aug 25

IndyCar Grand Prix Salute, Aug. 28 – dates TBD

Charity Auction (online) GoPro Grand Prix IndyCar Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge, Oct. 3-4

 

Charity Track Laps, Jan. 17, 2015 Ever dreamed of hitting the Sonoma Raceway turns in your own car?  Now you can, all in the name of charity! Speedway Children's Charities will host the first Charity Track Laps event on Saturday, Jan. 17.  Participants will enjoy instruction from professional instructions, and take part in a lead and follow session for three laps around the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course. Cost is $150 and all proceeds benefit the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. For more information contact Cheri Plattner at 707-933-3918 or cplattner@racesonoma.com.

13th annual Tour de Charity Karting, March 21 Join top racers from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series for a day of karting on the lightening quick, 16-turn, three-quarter mile track. The event includes karting with NHRA racers, autographs, lunch and the chance to compete in a 10-lap timed race for a grand prize.

24 Hours of LeMons, January 18-19 and March 21-22, 2015 Proceeds from this wacky and wild weekend will benefit SCC. If you're expecting throaty stock cars or high-performance open-wheel machines, forget it. This endurance road-racing series was founded on a particularly questionable concept: all cars must be bought and prepared for no more than $500. You've got to see it to believe it.

3J's Motorcycle Track Day, April 29, 2015 Motorcyclists will enjoy a day of leisurely riding around the road course, complete with a T-shirt, full-catered lunch and a drawing. It's one of the few chances each year we let recreational riders get on our road course!   For more information, contact Cheri Plattner at 707-933-3918 or cplattner@racesonoma.com or visit www.3jsmotorcycledays.com.

Historic Race Car Festival, May 30, 2015 Locals and race fans alike will enjoy wine and food samplings from more than 20 Sonoma Valley purveyors at this don't-miss event.  Attendees can also enjoy a stroll around the Sonoma Plaza and an up-close look at more than 30 vintage race cars from the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival.

Children's Champions NASCAR Grand Marshal's Banquet, June 26, 2015 The Children's Champions Grand Marshal's Banquet is the highlight of the SCC schedule and is held on Friday night of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend at beautiful Cline Cellars in Sonoma. The evening includes a reception and sit-down dinner, the introduction of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Grand Marshal as well as top NASCAR drivers. For more information contact Cheri Plattner at 707-933-3918 or cplattner@racesonoma.com

Charity Auction (online) Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR sprint Cup Series – dates TBD

Join us for an incredible online auction benefitting the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. Auction will include 12 Ride of a Lifetime experiences with top NASCAR drivers..  

Eric Medlen Nitro Night, July 30, 2015 This special evening recognizes the life of Eric Medlen, a Funny Car driver who was from nearby Oakdale and called Sonoma Raceway his home track. Medlen succumbed in March, 2007 to injuries sustained from an accident during a test session at Gainesville (Fla.). The evening features several star drivers from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, a prime rib dinner and a drawing for one-of-a-kind items. For more information contact Cheri Plattner at 707-933-3918 or cplattner@racesonoma.com

Eric Medlen Ice Cream Social, August 2, 2015 Race fans will be treated to a free scoop of ice cream at the 8th annual Eric Medlen Ice Cream Social, which will take place on pit road following final eliminations of the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. The raceway has teamed with Dreyer's Ice Cream for this special event, which recognizes Medlen's favorite treat! Fans are encouraged to make a donation

IndyCar Grand Prix Salute, Aug. 28, 2015 SCC partners with the Michael Andretti Foundation on this event at Andretti Winery in Napa, which includes a Q&A session with Andretti Autosport drivers as well as three generations of Andrettis, Mario, Michael and Marco. There is also a reception, sit-down dinner, silent and live auction. For more information contact Cheri Plattner at 707-933-3918 or cplattner@racesonoma.com

Charity Auction (online) GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – dates TBD

Join us for an incredible online auction benefitting the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. Auction will include 10 Ride of a Lifetime experiences with top IndyCar drivers.

Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge, Oct. 3-4, 2015 The Classic Sports Racing Group (CSRG) donates all ticket proceeds from their Charity Challenge weekend to SCC. The weekend features vintage racing, a charity drawing as well as charity ride-arounds. For more information contact Cheri Plattner at 707-933-3918 or cplattner@racesonoma.com  or visit www.csrgracing.org.

How Your Donation Helps

"We're deeply grateful for Speedway Children's Charities' donation, which will help COTS provide specially-trained teachers for over 100 homeless children, to support their emotional and social development." -- John Records, Committee on the Shelterless

 "Speedway Children's Charities is a significant partner in our initiatives to provide vital nutrition assistance to children at risk of hunger and malnourishment." --David Goodman, Redwood Empire Food Bank

"Speedway Children's Charities' ongoing financial support provides critical opportunities for the children to have experiences that they will store in their memories for years to come." -- Karla Fittapaldi, The Living Room, Mother and Child Program

GRANT APPLICATION INFORMATION

The Sonoma Raceway Chapter of SCC funds youth organizations in Sonoma County. Grant applications are accepted once a year. Applications are available online in mid August and must be completed and returned to the raceway by September 25, 2015 at 5 p.m. All completed applications must be mailed or hand delivered to the raceway. If you are interested in applying for a grant on behalf of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Sonoma County, please contact Cheri Plattner at 707-933-3918 or cplattner@racesonoma.com.