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Highways 37 and 121
Sonoma, CA 95476

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TAILGATING INFORMATION:

Tailgating in beautiful Sonoma California at Infineon Raceway. Here are some pointers for camping in and around the track. If you are not familiar with the area you need to ask for drive times or a physical address so you can map the time online. This area is dotted with small town and curvy country roads and even though you are told you are only 10 miles away it may take a while to get to Infineon Raceway. Be prepared. Do your homework. If you are lucky enough to be tailgating in the infield, keep in mind only self contained campers are allowed. There is camping also available around this track, which is a road course and not your typical race track. But you will find typical tailgating. As long as you do not block any traffic or fire lanes you can tailgate in your parking space. Be aware of California laws pertaining to open fires and be very careful in the fairly dry environment when grilling and tailgating in general.

TAILGATING CHECKLIST:

  • Your Tickets
  • Local Map
  • Grill
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Charcoal or gas
  • Lighter/Matches
  • Fire extinguisher wouldn't hurt
  • Sunscreen
  • Food/Drinks
  • Bottle opener
  • Napkins
  • Serving
  • Utensils
  • Plates/Utensils
  • Radio
  • Garbage
  • Bags
  • Umbrella, poncho,hat
  • Something to sit on

CALIFORNIA FLAVOR:

California, this is a food mecca for some. Markets in Sonoma are usually filled with local, organic foods that are good for you and extra tasty, not to mention the wines that are around. California flavor is a hard on to pinpoint as just about anything goes in this great culinary state. Tailgating foods could include fresh grilled fish and vegetables to steaks with grilled peppers and a nice California Merlot. You could probably grill up some preservative free fresh sausage at the local market and serve it with organic onions on a fresh baked roll and enjoyed with a local beer (Bear Republic Brewing, Racer 5 Indian Pale Ale, Cloverdale CA). ANyway, you get the idea. You can tailgate to your favorites but they will probably be just a little bit better in Sonoma, CA.

TRACK DETAILS:

Seats: See below
Shape: Road Course
Distance: 2.52 miles (1.99 miles for NASCAR events)
Turns: 12 in total
Straightaways: n/a
Length of frontstretch n/a
Length of backstretch: n/a
Length of other stretch: n/a

 

Infineon Raceway, formerly Sears Point Raceway, is a 2.52 miles road course and drag strip located on the landform known as Sears Point in the southern Sonoma Mountains near Sonoma, California. The course is a complex series of twists and turns that go up and down the hills. It is host to one of only four national NASCAR races each year that are run on road courses (including two races at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York and the Nationwide Series-only races at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada). It is also host to the Indy Racing League, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and several other auto races and motorcycle races such as the American Federation of Motorcyclists series. Infineon Raceway continues to host amateur, or club racing events which may or may not be open to the general public. The largest such car club is the Sports Car Club of America.

With the closure of Riverside International Raceway in Riverside, California after the 1988 season, NASCAR, wanting a west coast road course event to replace it, chose the Sears Point facility. Riverside International was razed for a shopping center development.

In 2002, Sears Point Raceway was renamed after a corporate sponsor, Infineon. However, as with many renamings of sports complexes, many people still call it by its original name. (It was never affiliated with Sears, Roebuck and Company, having been named for the nearby geographical feature.)

The standard road course at Infineon Raceway is a 2.52 miles, 12 turn course, however the track was modified in 1998, adding the Chute, which bypassed turns 5 and 6, shortening the course to 1.95 miles. The Chute was only used for NASCAR events such as the Toyota/Save Mart 350, and was criticized by many drivers, who prefer the full layout. In 2001, it was replaced with the 70° turn, 4A bringing the track to its current dimensions of 1.99 miles.

American Road Racing Association's Grand Prix of Sonoma, use the full course, while American Motorcyclist Association and Indy Racing League events use a modified 2.22 miles, 12 turn course. This layout, opened in 2003, skips much of the Esses and run from Turn 10 to Turn 11 (the hairpin) for additional safety for motorcyclists, including runoff available in the motorcycle Turn 11. The raceway also has a quarter mile drag strip used for NHRA drag racing events. The drag strip was originally located on part of the front straightaway of the course. Track changes completed in 2002 separated the road course from the drag strip.

INFINEON SEATING CAPACITY

Infineon Raceway has a permanent seating capacity of 47,000. This includes the grandstands and terraces around the track. During major races, hospitality tents and other stages are erected around the track, which brings the total capacity up to 102,000 seats. The facility underwent a major expansion in 2004 which resulted in 64,000 hillside seats, 10,000 permanent grandstand seats, a wastewater treatment facility, 100 acres of restored wetlands, permanent garages, new retail space, a go-kart track and a new drag strip.

RECORDS AT INFINEON RACEWAY

  • 2002, NASCAR Race, Ricky Rudd, 8.007 miles per hour
  • 2005, NASCAR Qualifying, Jeff Gordon, 94.325 miles per hour

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