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Linespace Grand Prix at Sonoma Raceway pre-event email has gone out to team captains

We’re less than two weeks away from the ChampCar Endurance Series Linespace Grand Prix at Sonoma Raceway. Below is the important info you need to know. Please read carefully!

**** Note – It’s not too late to register for the Linespace Grand Prix at Sonoma Raceway! https://champcar.org/register/login.php ****

General Info
Read the supplemental rules, found here. https://champcar.org/register/supplementalrules/347.pdf
It has everything you need to know, including pictures! Updated 01/26/18

Please email me any pit requests (Close to pit-in, close to pit-out, close to a team, away from a team, etc…) and we will do our best. mike.morrison@champcar.org

Let me know if you would like a garage for the event. They are $100 for the weekend. These can also be ordered through the registration system.

You may drop your car/trailer off on Thursday in the paddock. This must be done between 6PM – 10PM. Gates will open into the paddock at 6AM on Friday morning.
ALL drivers must have a current membership or your team will NOT be able to complete registration. They can sign up for their membership by logging in to their ChampCar account here. https://champcar.org/register/login.php
At the top of the page it will tell you to your membership is current, if it is not, there is a link to complete your membership. Registration will no longer add drivers at the track.
Team Captains must register all drivers and complete all payments before they come to registration. This can be done at anytime before checking in at registration.
You must go through tech inspection or have already completed your 2018 annual tech before you can go to registration. Please make sure you bring your log book to registration.
ChampCar is holding a practice day the Friday before our event. The fee is included with your entry. Only registered drivers may participate and you must attend the mandatory drivers meeting prior to practice.

Annual Tech for 2018
Tech will be held next to the garages, look for the banners.
The complete rules along with the latest revisions are posted on the ChampCar web page here. https://champcar.org/mainweb/rules/
Remember you are responsible for declaring all modifications to your car.
You need to have someone knowledgeable about your car in case we have any questions.
Be sure to look up your Vehicle Performance Index (VPI) value before you arrive at tech inspection.
Be prepared to jack up your car and remove wheels.
Bring your log book if you’ve been issued one.
Bring your completed tech form, filled out legibly.(you’ll need the second sheet for any powertrain swaps) Tech Form Swap Form
You should have an itemized list of all the non-exempt components you are declaring in tech.
If you have a 2018 tech sticker on your car and haven’t changed anything there is no need to go through tech, but please make sure to bring your log book to registration. Also, don’t forget to have your gear annually checked for the 2018 season.

Transponders
If you entered a transponder number while you were registering we assume you’re bringing your own. Please verify that you have entered the correct number or that you reserved a transponder if you’re not supplying your own.

Supplemental Rules
Just a reminder, we need you to look at the supplemental rules for this event. They can be found here.

Questions
If you have questions about the race, registration or payment process, email me and I will respond ASAP.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all at the ChampCar Endurance Series Linespace Grand Prix at Sonoma Raceway!

See you at the track –

The ChampCar Staff


Track Facts –

In 1968, a twisting 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course and a quarter-mile drag strip were carved into the rolling hills at the gateway to the Sonoma Wine Country. Since then, race fans have been treated to some of the greatest racing found anywhere in the world.

Whether it’s amateur or professional SCCA road races, AFM motorcycle racing, sports car events, vintage cars or the raw power of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA drag races, Sonoma Raceway has played host to some of racing’s top events and its greatest moments.

Racing stars such as Mario Andretti, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Al Unser, Dan Gurney, Kenny Roberts, Shirley Muldowney, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme and John Force have all left their indelible marks at this unique and historic facility.

It is arguably the world’s busiest racing facility, with track activity scheduled an average of 340 days a year. It is one of North America’s most complete and versatile motorsports complexes and home to one of the nation’s only high-performance automotive industrial parks with approximately 75 tenants.

The Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy Cup Series weekend highlights the raceway’s diverse motor-racing schedule. In addition to NASCAR, the busy summer schedule will also include the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Verizon IndyCar® Series season finale MotoAmerica Series and the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.

Track Facts & History
SONOMA RACEWAY FUN FACTS
• The Sonoma Raceway road course features more than 160 feet of elevation change from its highest point (Turn 3a, 174 feet) to its lowest point (Turn 10, 14 feet).

• The berms on the turns of the road course are painted blue and gold at the suggestion of raceway President and General Manager Steve Page, who attended UC Berkeley.

• The property on which the raceway was built was a working farm called Sears Point Farm in the early 1900s.

• The raceway houses a motorsports industrial park of more than 70 businesses in 104 shops.

• In 2011, in a partnership with Panasonic Corporation of North America, the raceway completed a solar installation of nearly 1,700 solar panels, which offsets approximately 41% of the raceway’s energy usage.

• Drivers who complete the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race will make 1,100 turns around the road course. The race spans 110 laps.

• The NASCAR configuration of the Sonoma Raceway road course is lined with 1,000 tire packs made up of 25,000 tires, 90,000 screws, 90,000 clips and 180,000 washers.

• Mat Mladin (AMA), Josh Hayes (AMA), Doug Kalitta (NHRA, Top Fuel), John Force (NHRA, Funny Car) and Jeff Gordon (NASCAR) are the only riders/drivers to three-peat in a major racing series in Sonoma.

• Nearly 4,000 sheep, housed at the raceway and provided by Rocky Mountain Wooly Weeders, provide natural land care, helping to maintain the facility’s grasses and fire lanes.

• Winners in Sonoma celebrate with a sip from the Champion’s Goblet in Sunoco Victory Lane. The goblet, which is handcrafted by a local glass blower from Sonoma, was introduced in 2006 and incorporates the raceway’s rich wine country heritage.

• The raceway has collected more than 475 tons of materials (950,110 pounds) since the inception of its recycling program in 2004.

• Through the Track Ambassador program, the raceway engages approximately 300 volunteers to help around the facility during event weekends and at various promotional and charitable activities throughout the year.

• The raceway donated 8,045 event tickets valued at more than $418,356 to Northern California non-profit organizations in 2014.

• Levy Restaurants partnered with 14 local non-profits who worked in concession stands during event weekends in 2014. These groups received more than $76,000 for their efforts.

• Sonoma Raceway is home to 15 owl boxes, which encourage owls to nest and help with natural rodent mitigation.

WALL OF FAME

The Wall of Fame is designed to honor those who have excelled not only in their form of motor racing, but more importantly, in Sonoma. Each inductee is recognized during a ceremony with a marble plaque engraved with his/her likeness. All of the plaques are placed onto the Wall of Fame, which is located behind the main grandstand.

The Wall of Fame includes competitors from all forms of motor racing featured in Sonoma, including NASCAR, NHRA, AMA, open-wheel cars, sports cars and more. It will also include those who have made significant contributions to the raceway over the years. A raceway committee oversees the selection process on an annual basis.

WALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:

2005
Rusty Wallace (NASCAR)
Mark Martin (NASCAR)
Warren Johnson (NHRA)

2006
Miguel Duhamel (AMA)
Rich Oliver (AMA)
Jeff Gordon (NASCAR)
O. Bruton Smith (Speedway Motorsports, Inc.)
John Force (NHRA)

2007
Mat Mladin (AMA)
Ricky Rudd (NASCAR)
Bob Piccinini (Save Mart Supermarkets)
Gary Scelzi (NHRA)
Joe W. Huffaker (Huffaker Engineering)

2008
Ken Clapp (NASCAR)
Doug Kalitta (NHRA)

2010
Rick Hendrick (NASCAR)

2011
Don Prudhomme (NHRA)

2013
John Cardinale (Sonoma Raceway)

2015
Ron Capps (NHRA)
Roger Penske (INDYCAR and NASCAR)

2016
Tony Stewart (NASCAR)
Ernie Irvan (NASCAR)

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS
The 2016 race season marks 47 years of racing action in the Sonoma Valley. Below are a few memorable highlights from the 12-turn road course and the lightning-quick quarter-mile drag strip:

1968: Ground was broken in August and paving of the race surface was completed in November. The first official event at then-Sears Point Raceway was an SCCA Enduro, held on Dec. 1, 1968.

1970: Dan Gurney wins a 150-mile USAC IndyCar race with a field that included Mario Andretti, Mark Donahue and Al Unser.

1977: Paul Ritter wins the first AMA SuperBike event in Sonoma on a Ducati.

1988: The raceway hosts the first NHRA-sanctioned drag race. The winners were Joe Amato (Top Fuel), Mark Oswald (Funny Car) and Harry Scribner (Pro Stock).

1989: NASCAR makes its debut in the Sonoma Valley with Ricky Rudd taking the inaugural victory.

1995: The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is added to the track’s schedule for three years.

1996: The track is purchased by O. Bruton Smith and Speedway Motorsports, Inc.

2000: The raceway begins its four-year, $100 million Modernization Plan, which renovates and updates nearly all aspects of the facility.

2002: The facility announces that is has been renamed Infineon Raceway as part of a 10-year strategic partnership with Infineon Technologies.

2005: INDYCAR racing returns to the Sonoma Valley after a 35-year hiatus. Tony Kanaan claimed the inaugural victory and did push-ups in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle.

2006: The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series makes its debut in Sonoma. Auburn’s Scott Pruett and teammate Luis Diaz took the checkered flag.

2008: Kyle Busch earns his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road-course victory when he takes the checkered flag. His victory also marks the first win for Toyota in the Sonoma Valley.

2009: Kasey Kahne earns his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road-course victory and the first for team owner, Richard Petty, since 1999.

2012: The 10-year partnership with Infineon Technologies ends and the raceway is rebranded Sonoma Raceway.

2015: Sonoma Raceway hosted the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale for the first time ever with Target Chip Ganassi’s Scott Dixon taking the race win and clinching his second series championship.

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