SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 27, 2008) - Two events hosted by the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities raised more than $17,000 for Sonoma County youth groups, Aug. 22-24. The fundraisers were held as part of the PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County at Infineon Raceway.

The IndyCar Series Charity Auction, which was held on Sunday morning, generated $6,985 for Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of Infineon Raceway. All proceeds will be distributed to qualified youth groups in Sonoma County.

More than 20 items were featured in the auction, including the chance to ride with 17 different drivers during driver introductions. Top sellers included a Helio Castroneves signed poster ($700), the Helio Castroneves Dream Package ($675) and the Danica Patrick Dream Package ($675). The dream packages included a lap with each of the drivers, as well as an all-access pass to watch pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions prior to the drop of the green flag.

In addition to the charity auction, the Children's Champion's IndyCar Grand Prix Fiesta generated $10,100 for Speedway Children's Charities. The banquet, which was held at B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen on Friday night, featured IndyCar® Series drivers Enrique Bernoldi and Jaime Camara and Grand-Am Series drivers Memo Gidley and Brad Jaeger, as well as a three-course dinner.

The Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities has raised more than $2.6 million for Sonoma County youth organizations since 2002. For more information on the Sonoma chapter, visit or call 800-870-RACE.