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Infineon Raceway
Sears Point
Infineon-Raceway
Facility statistics
Location 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, California, 95476
Broke ground 1945
Opened 1946
Owner Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
Operator Speedway Motorsports, Inc.
Construction cost $? million USD
Architect
Former names
Sears Point Raceway
Major events
AMA Superbike
Supercuts Superbike Challenge

Indy Racing League
Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix <P> NASCAR Sprint Cup
Dodge/Save Mart 350 <P> NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series
FRAM Autolite Nationals

Seating capacity
102,000
Current dimensions
Track shape Road course
Track length 2.52 miles
Track banking none

Infineon Raceway, formerly Sears Point Raceway, is a road course and drag strip in the hills of northern California, near Sonoma, California, north of San Francisco, California. The course is a complex series of twists and turns that go up and down the hills. It is host to one of the only two NASCAR races each year that is run on a non-oval track. It is also host to several other auto races and motorcycle races such as the American Federation of Motorcyclists series.

In 2002, Sears Point Raceway was renamed after the corporation, Infineon Technologies. However, as with many re-namings of sports complexes, many people still call it by its original name.

The standard road course at Infineon Raceway is a 2.52 mile (4.05 km), 12 turn course, however the track was modified in 1998, adding the Chute, which bypasses turns 5 and 6, shortening course to 1.95 miles (3.14 km). The Chute is only used for NASCAR events such as the Dodge/Save Mart 350, and is criticized by many drivers, who prefer the full layout; most races, including the Grand American Road Racing Association's Grand Prix of Sonoma, use the full course, while American Motorcyclist Association and Indy Racing League events use a modified 2.22 mile (3.57 km), 12 turn course. This layout, opened in 2003, skips much of the Esses and run from Turn 10 to Turn 11 (the hairpin) for additional safety for motorcyclists, including runoff available in the motorcycle Turn 11 (the main Turn 11 has no runoff, and is a very slow turn, similar to the Mirabeau hairpin at Monaco). The raceway also has a quarter mile (400 m) drag strip used for NHRA drag racing events.

RecordsEdit

Current RacesEdit

Past WinnersEdit

Year Driver Started Car # Owner Make
1989 Ricky Rudd 4 26 Kenny Bernstein Buick
1990 Rusty Wallace 11 27 Raymond Beadle Pontiac
1991 Davey Allison 13 28 Yates Racing Ford
1992 Ernie Irvan 2 4 Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet
1993 Geoffrey Bodine 3 15 Bud Moore Ford
1994 Ernie Irvan 1 28 Yates Racing Ford
1995 Dale Earnhardt 4 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
1996 Rusty Wallace 7 2 Penske Racing Ford
1997 Mark Martin 1 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
1998 Jeff Gordon 1 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
1999 Jeff Gordon 1 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2000 Jeff Gordon 5 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2001 Tony Stewart 3 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac
2002 Ricky Rudd 7 28 Yates Racing Ford
2003 Robby Gordon 2 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
2004 Jeff Gordon 1 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2005 Tony Stewart 7 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet
2006 Jeff Gordon 11 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2007 Juan Pablo Montoya 32 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge
2008 Kyle Busch 30 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
2009 Kasey Kahne 5 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Dodge
2010 Jimmie Johnson 2 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2011 Kurt Busch 11 22 Penske Racing Dodge

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