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November 8, 2011
NASCAR back at Infineon Raceway during full Sonoma schedule

NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar; Infineon Raceway's 2012 schedule includes a return of the big three American auto racing series plus a lot more.

NASCAR's Sprint Cup series will be back for the 24th year with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on June 24, the week after Father's Day. The event also features the best air show on the NASCAR circuit with the six-jet Patriots Jet Team performing during pre-race ceremonies.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the NHRA Sonoma Nationals will be part of back-to-back hot-rod weekends in late July. Infineon's dragstrip, considered among the nation's fastest, saw six track records broken during the 2011 NHRA race weekend, including speed and elapsed time marks in Funny Car by driver John Force and Pro Stock by Allen Johnson.

IndyCar comes back to Sonoma for the eighth consecutive year for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Aug. 24-26.

New next year will be the FIA World Tour Car Championship, which will make its American debut at Sonoma on Sept. 21-23. The series, televised in 59 countries, features BMW, Chevrolet, SEAT and Volvo cars competing in 30-minute heats.

"The first time I saw these cars race, I knew they belonged on our track," said raceway president Steve Page. "From the moment the green flag drops, the whole field is in a flat-out sprint for the lead. It's going to be quite a show."

Motorcycles, historic cars and clunkers also are on the diverse schedule.

Tickets for all major events go on sale Dec. 15. For more information, click on or call (800) 870-7223.

2012 Infineon Raceway schedule

March (date to be announced): 24 Hours of LeMons

May 4-6: West Coast Moto Jam (AMA motorcycles)

June 2-3: Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival

June 22-24: Toyota/Save Mart 350 (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series)

July 20-22: NHRA Division 7 Drag Races

July 27-29: NHRA Sonoma Nationals

Aug. 24-26: Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma

Sept. 21-23: FIA World Touring Car Championship

Oct. 6-7: Classic Sports Racing Group Charity

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