Sears Point 973

Sears Point

When Riverside closed in 1988, Sears Point replaced it as NASCAR’s annual California road race.

Country
United States
Location
Sonoma, California
Latest Race
First Race

When Riverside closed in 1988, Sears Point replaced it as NASCAR’s annual California road race. As only one of two road races on the NASCAR calendar, many drivers find it hard to adapt, but Jeff Gordon won three races in a row from 1998 to 2000, his road course prowess was confirmed by a similar run at Watkins Glen from 1997-99. Sears Point was built in 1968, but closed within two years. However, it soon reopened to house the Bob Bondurant racing school. Long Beach promoter Chris Pook bought it in 1980 and repaved the track five years later, before selling it to Bruton Smith in 1996. Infineon acquired the naming rights in 2002 and it has officially been known as Sonoma Raceway since that deal expired in 2012.

Indycar Circuit

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.385 (Miles)

Description

New Turns 7 and 11

Fastest Race Lap

Simon Pagenaud (Dallara DW12-Chevrolet), 1m18.3576, 109.575 mph, Indycars, 2017

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Josef Newgarden (Dallara DW12-Chevrolet), 1m15.5205, 113.691 mph, Indycars, 2017

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.303 (Miles)

Description

Approach to Turn 7 altered to use Dragstrip

Fastest Race Lap

Helio Castroneves (Dallara IR4-Honda), 1m18.6320, 105.438 mph, Indycars, 2008

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Will Power (Dallara IR4-Honda), 1m16.5282, 108.337 mph, Indycars, 2010

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.3 (Miles)

Description

Short Indycar circuit with new section from Turn 8A to Turn 9

Fastest Race Lap

Tony Kanaan (Dallara IR4-Honda), 1m17.5524, 106.767 mph, Indycars, 2007

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Ryan Briscoe (G-Force GF09-Toyota), 1m16.491, 108.248 mph, Indycars, 2005

WTCC Circuit

2012 - 2013

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.505 (Miles)

Description

As Indycar circuit except for an alternate approach to Turn 7

Fastest Race Lap

Tony Kanaan (Dallara IR4-Honda), 1m17.5524, 106.767 mph, Indycars, 2007

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Ryan Briscoe (G-Force GF09-Toyota), 1m16.491, 108.248 mph, Indycars, 2005

Long NASCAR Circuit

2012

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.52 (Miles)

Description

As Indycar circuit except for an alternate Turn 7

Fastest Race Lap

William Byron (Chevrolet Camaro ZL1), 1m37.194, 93.339 mph, NASCAR, 2019

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Kyle Larson (Chevrolet Camaro ZL1), 1m34.784, 95.713 mph, NASCAR, 2019

NASCAR Circuit

Select a year

Type

Permanent road course

Length

1.968 (Miles)

Description

New Turns 4 and 7

Fastest Race Lap

Rusty Wallace (Ford Taurus), 1m10.652, 99.309 mph, NASCAR, 2000

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Jamie McMurray (Chevrolet SS), 1m14.354, 95.285 mph, NASCAR, 2014

Type

Permanent road course

Length

1.949 (Miles)

Description

The Chute built between Turns 4 and 7 for NASCAR

Fastest Race Lap

Jamie McMurray (Chevrolet SS), 1m14.354, 95.285 mph, NASCAR, 2014

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Rusty Wallace (Ford Taurus), 1m10.652, 99.309 mph, NASCAR, 2000

Full Circuit

1968 - 2011

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.523 (Miles)

Description

Original circuit

Fastest Race Lap

Marco Werner (Audi R8), 1m22.041, 110.711 mph, ALMS Sports Cars, 2005

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Allan McNish (Audi R8), 1m20.683, 112.574 mph, ALMS Sports Cars, 2000

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