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2014 track profile: Sonoma Raceway

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Located in Sonoma Valley, California, Sonoma Raceway is a 2.38-mile, 12-turn road course that has also gone by the names Sears Point Raceway and Infineon Raceway. It has a permanent seating capacity of 47,000, but temporary structures and hillside seating bring raceday capacity to over 100,000. The site is also home to a quarter-mile dragstrip.

Sonoma Raceway is one of the few major tracks in the country to host NASCAR, the IndyCar Series and the NHRA. Built and opened in 1968, the road course has also hosted the SCCA, USAC, AMA Superbikes, and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.

The major series events on the 2014 schedule include: the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival (historic and vintage cars) on May 17th and 18th; the Toyota/Save Mart 350, featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the K&N Pro Series West, June 20th through 22nd; the NHRA Sonoma Nationals, July 25th through 27th; the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, featuring the IndyCar Series and the SCCA World Challenge, August 22nd through 24th; and the FIA World Touring Car Championships, September 13th and 14th.

Individual race tickets are not yet on sale these major events, but fans can put down a deposit and have first choice at seats before they go on sale at www.racesonoma.com.

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