GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
IndyCar Series
Venue Sonoma Raceway
First race 1970
First ICS race 2005
Distance 195.755 miles (315.037 km)
Laps 85
Previous names Golden State 150 (1970)
Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix (2005)
Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma (2006, 2010-2011)
Motorola Indy 300 Pres. by Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel (2007)
Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County (2008)
Peak Antifreeze Grand Prix of Sonoma County (2009)
GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma (2012-2013)
Most wins (driver) Will Power (3)
Most wins (team) Team Penske (5)

The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma is an IndyCar Series race held at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The USAC Championship Car circuit raced at the circuit in 1970. In 2005, American open wheel racing returned to the circuit with an IndyCar Series event. The 2006 event saw rookie Marco Andretti win his first career race. It marked the record youngest winner (19 years, 5 months, 14 days) of a major open-wheel racing event at the time.

The IndyCar Series race utilizes a modified 2.2-mile (3.5 km) version of the road course, the same used by AMA Superbike. The circuit includes the carousel, making it longer than the NASCAR layout, but shorter than the full 2.52-mile (4.06 km) course. This course uses turn 7a of the NASCAR course, but skips the hairpin prior to the front straight. The dragstrip is used instead of the keyhole, adding a high speed section immediately following the exit of the carousel.

For 2012, the course was altered. The back hairpin used the inner loop instead of the outer loop used by NASCAR. Turn nine was widened by ten feet while turn eleven at the hairpin was extended by 200 feet.

Past winners[edit]

Season Date Driver Team Chassis Engine Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
USAC Championship Car history
1970 April 4 United States Dan Gurney All American Racers Eagle Ford 60 151.2 (243.332) 1:44:26 87.009 Report
IRL IndyCar Series history
2005 August 28 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 80 159.2 (256.207) 2:01:16 91.04 Report
2006 August 27 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda 80 159.2 (256.207) 1:58:06 93.486 Report
2007 August 26 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 80 159.2 (256.207) 1:51:59 98.593 Report
2008 August 24 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Penske Racing Dallara Honda 80 159.2 (256.207) 1:50:16 100.254 Report
2009 August 23 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda 75 166.5 (267.955) 1:49:23 94.745 Report
2010 August 22 Australia Will Power Team Penske Dallara Honda 75 166.5 (267.955) 1:52:34 92.063 Report
2011 August 28 Australia Will Power Team Penske Dallara Honda 75 166.5 (267.955) 1:47:30 96.408 Report
2012 August 26 Australia Ryan Briscoe Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet 85 195.755 (315.037) 2:07:03 95.74 Report
2013 August 25 Australia Will Power Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet 85 195.755 (315.037) 2:20:47 86.401 Report
[1]

Support Race History[edit]

Indy Lights Atlantic Championship
Season Date Winning Driver
2005 August 28 United States Marco Andretti
2006 August 26 New Zealand Wade Cunningham
August 27 United Kingdom Alex Lloyd
2007 August 25 United Kingdom Alex Lloyd
August 26 United States Richard Antinucci
2008 August 23 France Franck Perera
August 24 Chile Pablo Donoso
2009 August 23 United States J. R. Hildebrand
2010 August 22 France J. K. Vernay
[2]
Season Date Winning Driver
1980 May 25 United States Tom Gloy
1983 May 8 United States Michael Andretti
1984 June 3 United States Dan Marvin
September 30 United States Dan Marvin
1985 June 2 United States Jeff Wood
September 29 United States Jeff Wood
1986 June 1 United States Rod Bennett
September 28 Mexico Roberto Quintanilla
1987 May 31 United States Dean Hall
August 2 United States Dean Hall
1988 May 29 United States Dean Hall
August 14 United States Dean Hall
1989 May 7 United States R.K. Smith
September 10 United States Joe Sposato
1990 May 6 United States Mark Dismore
[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Infineon Raceway". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 1 August 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Infineon Raceway". Champ Car Stats. Archived from the original on 1 August 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Formula Atlantic Series (1974-1990)". Champ Car Stats. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 

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Preceded by
Milwaukee IndyFest
Current
IndyCar Series races
Succeeded by
MAVTV 500