Last Week's Pick to Win (Scott Dixon) - finished 7
The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway is the 15th race on the
2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.
Located about 30 miles north of San Francisco, Sonoma Raceway opened as a
2.52-mile road course and drag strip in 1968. This course has been re-
configured numerous times. It is 2.385 miles in length for IndyCar events.
This track was formerly called Sears Point Raceway (1981-2001) and Infineon
IndyCar has been competing at Sonoma once each year since 2005. Tony Kanaan
won the inaugural race that year.
Will Power from Team Penske is the only driver with multiple victories at
Sonoma. Power won back-to-back races there from 2010-11. He also has the most
poles at this course with three (2010, '11 and '12).
Team Penske has the most victories at Sonoma with four. Ryan Briscoe won last
year's race there in his final season with Penske. Helio Castroneves gave the
team its first win at this course in 2008.
Dario Franchitti led all 75 laps en route to victory in the 2009 race, but
Briscoe challenged him for the top spot in the closing laps. Franchitti beat
Briscoe to the finish line by just 0.2488 seconds, which is the closest margin
of victory in an IndyCar event at Sonoma.
Scott Dixon won the 2007 race at Sonoma from the fifth starting position,
which is the furthest back in the field a driver has started and won there.
Marco Andretti's first career win in IndyCar came in the 2006 Sonoma race.
The next race is the Sept. 1 Baltimore Grand Prix on the streets of Baltimore.
Ryan Hunter-Reay is the defending race winner.
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