Martinez Business Beat, June 20, 2018

Sonoma Raceway Offers Enhancement for Toyota/Save Mart 350 Events

The Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR weekend Friday through Sunday will introduce fans to several enhancements to Sonoma Raceway, track officials said.

Sonoma Raceway will honor first responders and local heroes as part of its Sonoma Rising program that acknowledges those affected by the devastating wildfires that swept through the North Bay last October. Fans have nominated residents who were particularly heroic during the fires, and those selected will participate in prerace ceremonies. Representatives of North Bay first responder agencies will accompany the top 10 drivers during driver introductions.

Martinez’s own DC Solar, which has been involved in NASCAR as a sponsor, has partnered with the track to provide solar power stations for fast charging of phones and other devices and mobile solar light towers throughout the parking lots.

Levy Restaurants, with a variety of loaded fry bread nachos, Farmstand Deli innovative sandwiches and salads are bringing new food items to the track, and will be accepting credit cards at their stands.

Fans 21 and older may purchase race-themed vodka drinks from tito’s Handmade Vodka, an official raceway sponsor. Also returning as a raceway sponsor is Mike’s Hard Lemonade, and several area breweries are bringing beers and ales.

If the temperatures are high, the track will have 10 Portacool cooling stations, including Turns 2, 4, 7, 9 and 10, the Ticket Pit Stop information booth and the main paddock shuttle stop. Portacool coolers provide relief from warm temperatures through evaporation.

For the fourth season, the Breaking Zone will be sete up for social media activity in the main paddock, including a photo booth and a virtual reality ride around the track. That’s also where drivers, NASCAR personalities, music and other entertainment will take place.

Sonoma Raceway’s party zone for fans is the RevZone at Turn 7, which will have twice the shade and more picnic tables. Entertainment and interviews with drivers also will take place there. Two Grill Garden seating and shade areas will be above Turn 2 and Turn 9. The track has worked with Humboldt Redwood Company to build a bar area with redwood pergolas and arbors.

Tickets range from $25 to $140 for a single day and $95 to $180 for weekend passes. Parking is free. Children 12 and younger are free Friday and Saturday, and $10 Sunday. Military and group discounts are available. Those interested may call 800-870-7223, visit

The Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend at Sonoma Raceway will have activities Friday through Sunday, culminating in the Carneros 200 NASCAR Pro Series West race Saturday and the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sunday. The track is at the intersection of California Highways 37 and 121 in Sonoma.

Chamber Lunch And Learn Today

The Martinez Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn class, at noon today in the Shell Western States Credit Union, 1700 Pacheco Blvd., will be on the topic of cyber security. The presentation, by Martinez Police Department, is free to Martinez Chamber of Commerce members and $10 for nonmenmbers.

Those attending should pack a lunch and bring a business card, according to the Chamber notice.

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