June began with the Historic Race Car Festival at Sebastiani Winery during our Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival weekend. Due to the late spring rains, we decided to move the event from the Sonoma Plaza, as to not further damage the lawn. It turned out to be a wonderful event with a record turn out.

Funds from this event will be divided between the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation and the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau. Also going on over the weekend was the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival and the 2nd annual Celebrate Sonoma Day.

Kicking off the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend was the Children’s Champions Grand Marshall’s Banquet on Friday, June 18 at Cline Cellars. This year’s Grand Marshall was legendary San Francisco 49ers running back, Roger Craig. In addition, the evening also featured NASCAR drivers David Ragan, Clint Bowyer, and Boris Said. Funds from the banquet will be divided between Speedway Children’s Charities and Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley. On Sunday, the 8th annual KFOX Race-n-Rock Charity Auction generated $35,000. Top selling items included a Jeff Gordon signed fire suit which sold for $2,500, a Dale Earnhardt Jr signed helmet ($2,200) plus a Brooks & Dunn signed guitar ($2,050). SCC also generated funds over the weekend from fans who made a donation to ride the new Ferris Wheel at the track, as well as the sale of tickets for the Kasey Kahne guitar raffle. All combined, the weekend events raised more than $130,000!

Coming up next is the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals Full Throttle Drag Series from July 16 – 18. Thursday, July 15 marks the 4th annual Autotrader.com Eric Medlen Nitro Night at the Stone Tree Golf Club in Novato. This is a new location for the event which is named in memory of drag racer Eric Medlen who succumbed to injuries sustained from a testing accident in 2007. SCC will also be the recipient of funds donated at the Eric Medlen Ice Cream Social, which takes place on Sunday at the conclusion of the races.

A bit of sad news, Bob Burke from Bob Burke’s Kids in Guerneville passed away on June 10th. His sister plans to continue the program, which SCC has funded, that helps kids with terminal illnesses.

Think that brings you up to date for now………….

Denise Silver
Director, Sonoma Chapter
Infineon Raceway