Sears Point Raceway
Highways 37 & 121
Sonoma, CA 95476
Tel: 707 938-8448. Fax: 707 938-8430.
Distance: 2.520 miles (12 turn). Also includes 1.949 mile short course.
How To Get There
Located north of San Francisco. From SF, take the Golden Gate Bridge north on
Rte 101 and at Petaluma turn east on Rte 116. At Schellville, turn north on
Rte 12 towards Sonoma. The track is at the intersection of Hwys 37 & 121.
Where To Stay
Sugarloaf Ridge, Adobe Canyon Rd, Santa Rosa. Tel: 707 833-5712.
Petaluma KOA, 20 Rainsville Rd, petaluma 94952. Tel: 707 763-3601.
Best Western, 200 S.McDowell Blvd, Petaluma CA 94954. Tel: 707 763-0994.
Quality Inn, 5100 Montero Way, Petaluma 94954. Tel: 707 664-1155.
Holiday Inn, 1000 Fairgrounds, Vallejo, CA. Tel: 707 644-1200. Fax: 707 643-7011.
Sears Point - A Brief History
Entering its 26th year (1994) of racing, Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma,
California, has played host to an array of exciting races and has welcomed
some of the world's greatest drivers. After opening in 1968, the Point
hosted its first professional race in September of 1969, when big names
such as Dan Gurney, Mark Donohue, George Follmer, and Parnelli Jones visited
Sears Point. Soon after, the Point served as the venue for an IndyCar USAC
event, the Golden State 150, which attracted a "who's who" list of entrants,
including Mario Andretti, AJ. Foyt, Al and Bobby Unser, Bill Vukovich, Gary
Bettenhausen, Gordon Johncock, and Johnny Rutherford. The first drag race at
Sears Point, in March, 1969, featured "Big Daddy" Don Garlits. The track
closed for several years, then reopened in 1973 and took up where it left
off, hosting a number of events including NHRA drag racing, SCCA Trans-Am
and AMA motorcycles. In the mid-1970's, the Point welcomed the exotic IMSA
GT cars and the AMA Motocross. In 1980, the name of the track was changed to
Golden State Raceway, but it was changed back to Sears Point Raceway one year
later. As the 80's progressed, the Point grew in stature and attendance before
the motorsports world. Adding an NHRA national event in 1988 and the Winston
Cup tour in 1989 solidified the Point's status as one of America's most
complete motorsports facilities. (In addition to its 2.52 mile road course,
Sears Point maintains a world-famous quarter-mile drag strip.)
The original circuit layout.
On Monday 6th August 2001, the traditional 12-turn 2.52 mile circuit became
a 1.83 mile, 9 turn circuit as a link was constructed between turns 9 and 1
in order to allow upgrading of the track facilities. This was due to last
for six months. After completion, the naming rights to the track were sold,
and on the 23rd June 2002 the track became known as Infineon Raceway, after
the German based Semiconductor company.
Click here for an in-car video of a lap of the track.