Infineon Raceway Announces 2011 Schedule The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ 23rd annual visit to the Sonoma Valley will highlight the 2011 Big O Tires Racing Season at Infineon Raceway, raceway officials announced today.
The raceway will boast one of the most diverse motor-racing schedules in the country, featuring NASCAR, NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, IZOD IndyCar® Series, motorcycles, historic car racing, and more.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will again headline the schedule with the Toyota/Save Mart 350, which will return to its more traditional date, June 24-26. The race had been held on Father’s Day each of the last two years. The Toyota/Save Mart 350 has boasted six different race winners in six years, with Jimmie Johnson claiming his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road-course win in Sonoma earlier this year. Fans can also look forward to the earlier noon start time on race day.
Drag racing will play a major part in the 2011 season, highlighted by the 24th annual FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals, July 29-31. Funny Car driver Ron Capps ended a one-year winless streak in 2010 with a victory at Infineon Raceway. The NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel will be hosted the weekend prior, July 22-24.
The Indy® Grand Prix of Sonoma marks the IZOD IndyCar Series’ seventh annual visit to the Sonoma Valley, Aug. 26-28, and its only stop in Northern California in 2011. Team Penske’s Will Power claimed his first Infineon Raceway victory earlier this year; becoming the sixth race winner in as many years.
Infineon Raceway will also host the best in motorcycle road-course racing at the West Coast Moto Jam, May 13-15. The weekend will also feature Supermoto USA, as well as electric motorcycle racing with the return of the TTXGP U.S. Championship. The raceway is working on other two-wheel action to enhance the weekend. Historic-car racing will take center stage during two unique weekends, including the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival (June 4-5) and the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge (Oct. 1-2).
Tickets for all 2011 major events go on sale to the public, Nov. 15. For tickets or more information, call 800-870-RACE or visit www.infineonraceway.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
The complete major event schedule for 2011 is as follows:
· West Coast Moto Jam – May 13-15
· Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival – June 4-5
· Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – June 24-26
· NHRA Division 7 Drag Races, presented by Korbel – July 22-24
· FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals – July 29-31
· Indy® Grand Prix of Sonoma – Aug. 26-28
· Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge – Oct. 1-2
* Schedule subject to change without notice.