Legendary McLaren to highlight historic car fest

The second annual Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, to be held at Infineon Raceway on June 3-5, will feature the iconic McLaren marque.
    
        
“McLaren, like Ferrari and Porsche and other great names in motorsports, created the bloodlines that we worship today in historic automobile racing,” said Steve Earle, president of General Racing, Ltd.

Earle has been organizing historic car racing events for over 40 year. He produced the Wine Country Classic, predecessor to the June event, for 24 years, as well as the Monterey Historic Automobile Races. 

      
       
 “Choosing McLaren means we will pay special tribute to the name, the teams, and the cars that McLaren has produced in the past and will produce in the future,” Earle said.

The first edition of the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, held at the scenic 2.25-mile Infineon Raceway in 2010, hosted 375 historic race cars, some dating as far back as 1915, in a series of 13 race groups.

This year’s highly-anticipated event has already reached the maximum 400 entries, 26 of which are authentic McLarens that were raced since the famed Bruce McLaren of New Zealand founded the McLaren racing team in 1963.

             
“These beautiful machines on the track combined with the Sonoma wine country experience makes our historic car weekend unlike anything else on our schedule,” said Infineon Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page. “Adding the allure of McLaren and the racing heritage that name represents will make the 2011 Sonoma Historics a weekend we’ll look forward to all year.”

      
        
The weekend’s events will include a series of historic races each day, the Sonoma Valley Vintage Race Car Festival in Sonoma Plaza benefiting Speedway Children’s Charities, wine country tours, seminars and other special programs to be announced. 

   

Tickets are $40 day/$60 weekend for adults; youth (Ages 13-20): $20 day/$30 weekend for ages 13-20; and children 12-and-under are free. Fore information contact 800.870.RACE or sonomahistoric.com.


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