About the Track
Sonoma Raceway at Sears Point is a technical and challenging track, but when given the right amount of respect the experience it is like no other. This track, like Laguna Seca, holds a long history of racing in North America and is a stop for NASCAR each year. The track has a nice flow of low speed corners, elevation changes, highspeed esses, and two big braking zones at Turns 7 & 11. It is not considered a high speed track as it has a fairly short front straight with a 'kink' at Turn 12. Speeds up to and over 130mph can be attained with some vehicles on the front straight and between Turns 6 & 7. As mentioned above, this is a very technical track and requires drivers and riders to stay constantly focused. If you aren't in a turn, you are preparing for a turn at this track, as there's no time to relax between turns!
That being said, the 'fun factor' at this track is phenominal! Once you become comfortable with the track it's an absolute blast to drive or ride! Here are some details about the track and the facility:
Built in 1968 with the first race being a SCCA enduro in Decmember of 1968.
Depending on the event, the course configuations ranges between 1.99 to 2.52 miles in length. The typical track club road racing type event runs the full 2.52 mile course consisting of 12 turns. (see course map at the bottom of this page)
NASCAR typically runs an alternate route at Turn 4 called 'The Chute'.
Sonoma is a circuit stop for NASCAR, Indy Car, NHRA, AFM, SCCA, NASA, and a common location for TrackMasters events.
On-site Store (Wine Country Motorsports)
Go Kart Track
Grandstands with Private Suites
New 'Turn 11' Events Center at Turn 11. (largest event center in Sonoma)
Numerous vehicle repair and restoration shops on campus
Close to wine tasting and dining expereiences in Sonoma and Napa.
Location, Directions and Places to Stay
BEST WESTERN, SONOMA: 17-22 Min Travel time
DAYS INN BY WYNDHAM, NOVATO: Min Travel time
REGENCY INN, VALLEJO: 16-20 Min Travel time
TRAVELODGE BY WYNDHAM, VALLEJO: 16-20 Min Travel Time
MARRIOTT SHERATON, PETALUMA: 18-23 Min Travel Time
HAMPTON INN, PETALUMA: 20-25 Min Travel Time
Sonoma is a track that demands respect. T11, T2, T3a and the exit of Turn 6 have claimed many cars over the years. These are not the only corners to take in to consideration in your driving. the track is lined with walls and as far as the walls may seem, they are much closer than they appear. Sonoma has a few blind crests and exits, so make sure you pay attention to the corner worker stations!
Sonoma Raceway Track Guides
The Theory of Speed
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