When: Aug. 22-24. The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma is the 17th race on the Verizon IndyCar Series’ 18-race schedule.
Circuit: 12-turn, 2.38-mile road course. The race will span 85 laps.
2013 Series Champion: Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)
What to Expect: Will Power led the final 16 laps to win for the third time in four years in Sonoma in 2013. It marked the fourth consecutive Sonoma victory for Team Penske...
Seven different INDYCAR drivers have won in Sonoma since the series debuted in 2005: (Tony Kanaan (‘05), Marco Andretti (‘06), Dixon (‘07), Helio Castroneves (‘08), Dario Franchitti (‘09), Ryan Briscoe (’12) and Power (‘10, ’11, ‘13).
Only once has a Sonoma winner gone on to win the series championship (Franchitti, 2009)…
Marco Andretti (19) became the then-youngest driver in history to win a major open-wheel race in Sonoma in 2006. Andretti was also the first rookie to win an INDYCAR event since 2002. …
Team Penske has won the most INDYCAR races in Sonoma with five. Andretti Autosport and Target Chip Ganassi Racing have each won two events at Sonoma Raceway.
In addition: The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend will also include the Pirelli World Challenge, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series, Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda series.
INDYCAR PIT NOTES
... The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma has featured seven different winners since the series’ first visit to Sonoma in 2005: Tony Kanaan, 2005; Marco Andretti, 2006; Scott Dixon, 2007; Helio Castroneves, 2008; Dario Franchitti, 2009; Briscoe, 2012; and Power, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
... The 2013 GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma reset the record for most race leaders at seven.
... The raceway unveiled a modified track layout in 2012, with changes to Turns 7, 9 and 11 designed to enhance passing. With the modifications, the track length is 12 turns, 2.38 miles and race distance was increased from 75 to 85 laps.
... Will Power became the first repeat INDYCAR winner in Sonoma after claiming back-to-back wins in 2010 and 2011 (and 2013).
... Will Power set the qualifying record in 2012 with a fast lap of 1 minute, 17.2709 seconds at 111.116 mph. Power boasts three poles in Sonoma (2010, 2011, 2012).
... Marco Andretti won his first-ever INDYCAR race at Sonoma Raceway in 2006. At 19-years, 167 days, Andretti became the then-youngest driver in history to win a major open-wheel event. Andretti also claimed victory in Sonoma in the 2005 Firestone Indy Lights event.
... 2008 marked the first year that the unified INDYCAR and Champ Car World Series competed in the Sonoma Valley.
... Will Power has led the most laps in INDYCAR competition at Sonoma Raceway with 217.
... The 2005 INDYCAR event in Sonoma marked the first major open-wheel event at the Sonoma facility in 35 years and the first permanent road-course event in the 10-year history of INDYCAR.
... Justin Wilson reset the track record for the biggest improvement from qualifying to finish at 15 when he went from 22nd to 7th during the 2009 INDYCAR main event.
... Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan are the only drivers who have competed in all nine INDYCAR events in Sonoma.
... Four of the nine GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma winners have started from the pole (Castroneves, Franchitti, Power - twice).
Tickets: 800-870-RACE (7223), racesonoma.com/indycar or ticketmaster.com