formerly Sears Point Raceway
and Infineon Raceway
is a 2.52-mile (4.06 km) road course and drag strip located on the landform known as Sears Point
in the southern Sonoma Mountains
in Sonoma, California
, USA. The road course features 12 turns on a hilly course with 160 feet (49 m) of total elevation change. It is host to one of only two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
races each year that are run on road courses (the other being Watkins Glen International
in Watkins Glen, New York
). It is also host to the Verizon IndyCar Series
and several other auto races and motorcycle races
such as the American Federation of Motorcyclists
series. Sonoma Raceway continues to host amateur, or club racing events which may or may not be open to the general public. The largest such car club is the Sports Car Club of America
With the closure of Riverside International Raceway
after the 1988 season, NASCAR, wanting a west coast road course event to replace it, chose the Sears Point facility. Riverside International was razed for a shopping center development.
In 2002, Sears Point Raceway was renamed after a corporate sponsor, Infineon
. However, as with many renamings of sports complexes, many people still call it by its original name. (It was never affiliated with Sears, Roebuck and Company
, having been named for the nearby Sears Point Ranch founded in the 1850s by settler Franklin Sears.) On March 7, 2012, it was announced that Infineon would not renew their contract for naming rights when the deal expired in May, and the track management is looking for a new company to take over naming rights. Until it can find a new corporate sponsor, the course is simply identifying itself as "Sonoma".
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