The premier historic motorsports festival returns to Sonoma Raceway to showcase the world’s greatest race cars competing on track, along with world-class California wine tasting, gourmet food, curated car show displays, family activities, comedic relief from the Ragtime Racers and full access to motorsports icons from the last century on May 28-31, 2020.
Sonoma, Calif. (August 12, 2019) – The Sonoma Speed Festival has announced its second annual event, set for May 28-31, 2020 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The event will feature the rarest authentic racing cars spanning the history of motorsports from the Brass Era to the modern age competing on track, along with world-class food and wine options, motorsport exhibitions, car shows and more.
The 2020 Sonoma Speed Festival follows a successful inaugural event in 2019, which featured over 200 cars that could be viewed up close and at speed, including two rare Ferrari 250 GTOs competing on track; demonstration runs by the only winning McLaren F1 GTR Longtail; two ex-John Wyer Gulf Racing Porsche 917Ks and two Gulf Racing Ford GT40s in competition. Drawing cars from Le Mans, Sebring, Formula One and more, the original works drivers include Jack Brabham, Niki Lauda, Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx, Emerson Fittipaldi, Derek Daly, Jody Scheckter and many others.
The single most successful chassis in the history of Formula 1 – the 2016 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport F1 W07/04 – made several demonstration runs with team simulation and test driver Esteban Gutierrez. Thrilling the crowd, Esteban pushed his car to the limit and recorded a spectacular lap of 1:15.430 on the “full-course” configuration, breaking the lap record by over five seconds.
Outside of racing action on the track, guests will enjoy a variety of activities and displays along with a craft beer garden and the Sip & Savor Pavilion featuring wine tastings from an array of world-class California wineries with gourmet food pairings. Open air picnicking on a sprawling turf family area, curated historic vehicle displays, comedy routines by the Ragtime Racers and more make the event a must for hardcore race fans and families alike.
“Our inaugural event was a smash hit with both fans and participants,” said Ryan R. Turri, General Manager of the Sonoma Speed Festival. “We look forward to making this event even better for 2020.”
Ticketing and registration information will be available soon online at www.sonomaspeedfestival.com, along with additional information on special attractions. Learn more on the event website and follow the action on Facebook and Instagram.
About Sonoma Speed Festival
The Sonoma Speed Festival is dedicated to highlighting the best race cars and collections from the international community and the U.S. One of the primary goals of the event is to connect the beauty and sophistication of the wine country to an event that is spectator and participant friendly while showcasing the best aspects of Northern California. For more information visit sonomaspeedfestival.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.