Open wheel racing fans, get ready for the hottest ticket in town.
The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to Sonoma Raceway for the 10th consecutive year Aug. 22-24 for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
The championship is still up in the air with Will Power leading in points with 548, just four points ahead of Helio Castroneves in second, and 63 points ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay in third.
Hunter-Reay is leading in wins with three. The series will race at Milwaukee this upcoming weekend before returning to the Sonoma Valley.
After Sonoma, there is just one race left on the schedule (Auto Club Speedway) to determine the 2014 IndyCar champion.
On Aug. 7, 11 Verizon IndyCar teams made the trek to Sonoma to complete a one-day test session. Participants included Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves, Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya, Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, as well as this year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) and Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year favorite Carlos Munoz (Andretti Ausosport).
“Driving a Verizon IndyCar here is a rush. There’s really no comparison to driving a stock car here,” said Montoya, who claimed his first Sprint Cup Series win in Sonoma in 2007. “It takes a lot of cojones to run an IndyCar here, particularly through the Esses and Turns 3 and 3A.”
Last year, Will Power gave Team Penske its fourth consecutive Sonoma Raceway win in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Power, who started third in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, led the final 16 laps to win at the 2.385-mile, 12-turn Sonoma Raceway for the third time in four years.
Seven different IndyCar drivers have won in Sonoma since the series debuted in 2005: Tony Kanaan (’05), Marco Andretti (’06), Dixon (’07), Helio Castroneves (’08), Dario Franchitti (’09), Ryan Briscoe (’12), and Power (’10, ’11, ’13).
This year, there have been 10 different winners over the first 15 races of the IndyCar Series.
Four other series will join the IndyCar race weekend, including the Pirelli World Challenge for the fourth consecutive year, featuring thrilling 50-minute sprint races, top-notch drivers and no scheduled pit stops or driver changes.
The World Challenge is the only North American sports car series featuring a standing start and boasts all the top manufacturer brands from around the world. The weekend will feature GT/GTS practice on Friday, qualifying and Race 1 on Saturday and a second race on Sunday.
The weekend will also feature the addition of the three development series included in Indy Car’s Mazda Road to Indy program.
The Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires series returns to Sonoma for the first time since 2010, as part of its 14-race schedule for 2014. The doubleheader format will feature a 40-minute sprint race on Saturday and a 60-minute feature race Sunday, just prior to the IndyCar race.
In addition to Indy Lights, the weekend will feature doubleheader racing on Friday and Saturday in the Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda series.
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