Indy Grand Prix weekend at Infineon Raceway starts Friday The IZOD IndyCar Series makes its seventh annual visit to the Valley with a weekend full of high-speed action on Infineon’s 12-turn, 2.303-mile road course which begins this Friday, Aug. 26, and continues through Saturday, Aug. 27, and Sunday, Aug. 28, when the featured Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County race takes place.
Along with the 75-lap Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County – the 13th race on the IZOD IndyCar Series’ 17-race schedule – the weekend will include the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge and Formula Challenge, as well as feature races for the Star Mazda Championship and Historic Grand Prix.
At last Thursday’s IndyCar testing at the Sonoma raceway, defending Infineon Indy Grand Prix champion Will Power (Team Penske) posted the fastest time at 1 minute, 19.04 seconds; followed by former Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma winners Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) in 1:19.49; and teammate Dario Franchitti (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) in 1:19.60.
Power will attempt to become the first repeat Indy Grand Prix winner in Sonoma, with the IndyCar series having featured six different Infineon champions since 2005, including Power (’10), Dixon (’07), Franchitti (’09), Tony Kanaan (’05), Marco Andretti (’06) and Helio Castroneves (’08).
Infineon’s general admission tickets for the IndyCar Series event costs $10 to $65 for single days, and $65 to $85 for the weekend, and kids ages 12-and-under, as well as parking, are free. Garage passes are available for purchase.
Following the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County will be Infineon’s final major event, the Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge, which is slated for Oct. 1 and 2.
To purchase tickets and ticket packages for the IndyCar weekend, the Charity Challenge or for more details on Wednesday Night Drags, Top the Cops, Drifting or for general information, visit www.infineonraceway.com, www.infineonraceway.com/indycar, www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-870-RACE (7223).
Friday, Aug. 26: Historic Grand Prix practice, 11:30 a.m. to noon; Star Mazda practice, 12:15 to 1 p.m.; World Challenge practice, 1:15 to 1:45 p.m.; Historic Grand Prix practice, 2 to 2:30 p.m.; IZOD IndyCar Series practice, 2:50 to 4:05 p.m.; Star Mazda practice, 4:20 to 5:05 p.m.; Formula Car Challenge practice, 5:15 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 27 – Fluid Film Pole Day: Formula Car Challenge qualifying, 8:10 to 8:40 a.m.; World Challenge qualifying, 8:55 to 9:40 a.m.; Star Mazda qualifying, 9:50 to 10:35 a.m.; IZOD IndyCar Series practice, 10:50 to 11:50 a.m.; Formula Car Challenge Race 1, 12:05 to 12:35 p.m.; World Challenge Race 1, 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.; IZOD IndyCar Series Fluid Film Pole Day qualifying, 2:35 to 3:55 p.m.; Historic Grand Prix practice, 4:10 to 4:40 p.m.; Star Mazda race, 5 to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 28: Historic Grand Prix warm-up, 8:15 to 8:45 a.m.; IZOD IndyCar Series warm-up 9 to 9:30 a.m.; Formula Car Challenge race 2, 11 to 11:30 a.m.; Historic Grand Prix race, 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma race, 1:45 p.m., followed by World Challenge race.