Sonoma Preview: A Grand Opening to the 2022 Season 

4 April 2022 GT America

Sonoma Raceway is set to play host to the best in GT and Touring Car racing on April 15th - 17th. With 135 entries entered into the event, the 12-turn circuit set against the hills of California’s wine country will come to life with the roar of supercars on Easter weekend in Sonoma.  

This will be the series opening rounds for the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS, Pirelli GT4 America, and TC America powered by Skip Barber Championship. They will be joined by GT America powered by AWS racers, who already had their season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida in late February. Along with USAC’s Porsche Sprint Challenge West championship, featuring various Porsche racers. 

Greg Gill, SRO America President noted that, “We can’t wait to return to a track loved by both racers and fans.  Due to COVID restrictions our 2020 and 2021 Sonoma races were run with no spectators, so this could also be considered a fan appreciation weekend.  Since it’s Easter weekend, we’ll have plenty of Easter activities for families to enjoy on Sunday.” 

HOME BASE TO TOP TEAMS: Sonoma is not just a world class road racing facility, it is home to multiple SRO teams including K-PAX Racing, Flying Lizard Motorsports, Stephen Cameron Racing, and The Racers Group (TRG).  Each one will be seeking to exploit their home track advantage.

THE CARS THAT CAR ENTHUSIASTS LOVE: SRO GT races feature an international portfolio of high-tech machinery from America, Europe, and Asia.  Cars competing will be the Acura NSX, Aston Martin Vantage, Audi R8, BMW M4, Callaway Corvette C7, Ferrari 488, Ford Mustang, Lamborghini Huracan, McLaren 570S, Mercedes-AMG GT, Porsche 911 and 718 Cayman, Saleen 1, and Toyota GR Supra.  The Touring Car classes are a battle between BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Mini, and Subaru.

THE BIGGEST VALUE FOR FANS: Ticket prices start at just $10 for Friday tickets, and a three-day pass is just $40. Kids 12 and under and parking are free of charge. Tickets can be purchased online, or at the gate.    

NO PADDOCK PASSES REQUIRED:  Every general admission ticket includes paddock access.  This is a fan friendly paddock.  Ask questions of the crew members.  Ask drivers for autographs.  Ask the Skip Barber folks how you can get on-track. 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Local car clubs have been invited to use this weekend to cheer on their brand of choice as a group activity.  Who will dominate the Sonoma Raceway parking lot?  Will it be the local Porsche Club?  BMW? The rapidly growing Hyundai N Line Community?  The amazing collection of cars from EuroSunday?      

EASTER ACTIVITIES: SRO and Sonoma Raceway will feature family friendly activities for Easter Sunday.  There will be an on-site Sunday morning religious service, Easter Bunny photos, Easter Egg hunts, and more. 

VIP CAR CORRAL: The Patriot Car Corral offers an exclusive experience to join fellow car enthusiasts in an all-make environment with premium parking with your sports car. Includes a Saturday parade lap, access to the Operation Motorsport Welcome Tent, paddock tours, and more. Includes one weekend General Admission ticket.

FOR THOSE WHO PREFER CAMPING TO HOTELS: A limited number of camping spaces are available directly from the track.  Please call Sonoma Raceway directly at 800-870-7223 for availability

SCHEDULE: The schedule is as follows:

            Friday, April 15              Practice sessions from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm

            Saturday, April 16         Qualifying sessions 8:00 am – 11:30 am, Races 12:15 pm – 6:00 pm

            Sunday, April 17            Races 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

OVER THREE DECADES OF HERITAGE: The multiple series managed by the SRO Motorsports America umbrella can trace their origins to GT & Touring Car Championships launched in the 1980’s.  Many fans remember the series under previous names of SPEED World Challenge, and Pirelli World Challenge.  Pirelli has been the exclusive tire provider to the series since 2011. 

VARIETY WITH GT AND TC RACING: SRO Motorsports America operates four championships, three for GT cars, and one for Touring Cars.  Each has its own website with additional information.

SONOMA TRIVIA: 

  • Sonoma Raceway was originally known as Sears Point Raceway. 
  • The 2022 race season marks 52 years of racing action in the Sonoma Valley.
  • Winners in Sonoma celebrate with a sip from the Champion's Goblet in Victory Lane. The goblet, which is handcrafted by a Bay Area glass glower, was introduced in 2006 and incorporates the raceway's rich wine country heritage.
  • The 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 former raceway President and General Manager Steve Page, who attended UC Berkeley.

 AFTER SONOMA: The remaining 2022 SRO race schedule is as follows:

  • May 20-22 | Ozarks International Raceway (All series except GT America) 
  • June 17-19 | VIRginia International Raceway (All series)  
  • July 22-24 | Watkins Glen International (All series) 
  • August 5-7 | Music City Grand Prix (GT America only)  
  • August 19-21 | Road America (All series) 
  • September 23-25 | Sebring International Raceway (All series)  
  • October 7-9 | Indianapolis Motor Speedway (All series)  

WATCH IT AGAIN: All races are streamed live and archived for on-demand viewing at https://www.youtube.com/gtworld

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