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Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma

Categories: Tourist Spots, Auto Race Tracks
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
Located just 30 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the 1,600-acre facility serves as the gateway to the beautiful Sonoma Wine Country.

The major event schedule, one of the most comprehensive in the country, will be highlighted by three of the top racing series in the country - the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and IZOD IndyCar® Series. The raceway will also host the U.S. debut of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in September.

In addition to its slate of major events, the raceway is a year-round motorsports complex with events scheduled 340 days and 50 weekends a year.
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  • So glad that Sonoma Raceway continues to host the Indycar Grand Prix - it's a big deal every year, and always a pleasure. 
  • A class act every time I come here. There is shuttles that run from parking because it is sometimes a good distance. The restrooms are clean and a good size. Many options for food and drink are possib...  read more »
  • Came here to watch the Indy championships today. It was 95 degrees in the sun so we tried to find shade before the races. Parking is very distant but they have shuttles that run all day to take you to...  read more »
  • Great set up and beautiful weather! Long wait to leave, but that's to be expected. Highly recommended the thunder alley pass for the NHRA nationals. We got to do a pre race track walk and stand pretty close for the Races!
  • 8/26/13 I miss when the days when this track was Sears Point and my dad was racing his Shelby, but its still fun to come out for the races a few times a season. The multi-turn track has great views at turn 2 if you like cars spinning out and crashing. Turns 7 and 9 on the opposite side usually have discounted tickets for seating during the NASCAR race, and aren't terrible spots either. We moved around a lot during the Indy car races this weekend. Mostly in search of some shade. The track allows you to bring in your own food and drinks (alcohol is allowed, but no glass bottles!) If you forget food, there are lots of options: typical track food like hot dogs and garlic fries, but also some healthier options like gluten free chips and sandwiches or taco salads. I like the selection of food and its all pretty good. Drinks are also typical prices: $7 for a domestic beer, $4 for a bottle of water. Since there aren't a lot of drinking fountains around (or any?) and its mostly unshaded seating, $4 is crazy in my opinion. I had my waterbottle with me and refilled it a couple of times in the bathroom sink. Parking is free for a lot of events (but can be as much as $10). A shuttle picks up and drops off from the furthest lots, and the closer lots aren't a bad walk. They are dirt though so don't wash your car before race weekend - we were surprised to see a McLaren parked by us in the dirt lot, when you can pay for preferred parking. Lots of security around (CHP Explorers were in force this weekend!) - keeping you safe and directing traffic. The track is a lot of fun if you enjoy watching car racing and checking out cars and sometimes new car products. Bring sunscreen and a hat on the warm days. 79 degrees can feel like a hundred!
  • Having a great time and beautiful weather. Usually there are costal breezes to keep things cool while watching the races. Bring the entire family and enjoy a weekend of races.
  • Great track for NASCAR fans. Good food options. Vary accessible restrooms at the grandstands. But only port-a-potties at various turns.
  • Absolutely amazing for NASCAR, NHRA and INDYCAR. This track is one of the most exciting in California. Racing is espectacular i love it. If you like racing come to Sonoma Raceway you will love it too.
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