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NASCAR PREVIEW RACE #16: Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California; 3 P.M. today on TNT

Infineon Raceway (file photo)

Jeff Gordon's #24 Chevrolet has won at Sonoma 5 times (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images, courtesy

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads west on this Sunday to the San Francisco area for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma, California.

Formerly known as Sears Point, Infineon Raceway is located just 35 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge and is surrounded by 100 wineries.

The elevation drops from 160 feet from Turn 4 on the track to Turn 10.

The asphalt track is 1.99-miles long.

The race is 219 miles which equals 110 laps. This is one of the smaller venues for a NASCAR event, with a crowd of only 47,000.

Jeff Gordon has won five times in 19 starts and leads the way as no other driver has won more than twice at the track in Cup events.

Infineon is a unique place. Almost 3,000 sheep call the place home. The raceway is home to a vineyard of Pinot noir vines. The vineyard, on a hillside near the track’s main office, opened in 2005. Since the 2006 race, the winning driver has sipped from the champion’s goblet in the Wine Country’s Winner’s Circle.

Infineon Raceway layout (illustration by Willpittenger via wikipedia commons)

RECAPPING THE 2011 TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350 RACE: Kurt Busch’s first Sprint Cup victory on a road course came in a dominant way. He led the race in his Penske Dodge for 76 of the 110 laps. Gordon finished second ahead of Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer and Marcos Ambrose.

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Power wins IRL race at Sonoma


Will Power at May 2010 Indy 500 practice (photo by Manningmbd via wikipedia commons)

Will Power won his second straight race at Infineon Raceway and then shared the podium with two of his teammates, who finished second and third.

Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe completed a 1-2-3 sweep for Team Penske at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, the first time that has happened for owner Roger Penske in nearly 20 years.

Power led 71 of the 75 laps while winning his second consecutive race from the pole at Sonoma, the same track where his career almost ended in 2009 after a terrible crash.

Power has a career-high five victories, one shy of the IndyCar single-season record.

Info courtesy of IndyCar news

Kurt Busch showing improvement with win at Infineon


Kurt Busch (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for

Kurt Busch’s turnaround on the racetrack continued with a dominating run at Infineon Raceway, where he earned his first career road-course win and his first of the season.

Busch led a race-high 76 laps and beat Jeff Gordon by almost four seconds.

Busch has really come on since he became upset at his race team’s performance and the Penske Racing organization on his car radio at Richmond in early May.

Busch had been winless in 10 career starts at both Sonoma and Watkins Glen, the only two road courses on the Sprint Cup circuit.

Rounding out the top five, Jeff Gordon was second, Carl Edwards finished third, Clint Bowyer was fourth and Marcos Ambrose finished fifth.


Info courtesy of NASCAR news

NASCAR PREVIEW RACE #18: Infineon Raceway at Sonoma, California today at 3 pm

Infineon Raceway (file photo)

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup circuit heads out West this weekend, Sunday, June 26 (today), to Sonoma, California to Infineon Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at 3 p.m. on the TNT Network.

The race is 110 laps on the 1.99-mile track which has a capacity of only 47,000.

Infineon is formerly known as Sears Point, and is 35 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The track has twists, turns and dips. The elevation drops 160 feet from Turn 3 to turn 10.

The winner of the race gets to sip wine from the champion’s goblet in the Wine Country’s Winner’s Circle due to the fact that the raceway is home to a vineyard of 661 pinot noir vines. The vineyard, on a hillside below the main office.

Recapping the 2010 race, Marcos Ambrose appeared headed for his first Cup win only to stall his car during a late-race caution and allowed six cars to pass him. Jimmie Johnson went on to record his first Sprint Cup road-course victory. He led half of the 110 laps, including the last seven. Robby Gordon who started 16th and finished second, ahead of Kevin Harvick, pole-sitter Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon.

The top two drivers at Infineon includes Jeff Gordon with five wins and Tony Stewart with two.

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Power wins IndyCar race in Alabama


Will Power started from the pole, and led all 90 laps of Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

Will Powe (courtesy of Indy Racing League)

The win was Power’s 10th in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

The Penske Racing driver was the first to achieve the honor in IndyCar since Dario Franchitti at Infineon Raceway in 2009.

Power mastered the 2.3-mile track well enough to hold off Scott Dixon.


compiled from Indy Racing League News

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