“We Race for Fun, But Sometimes for a Cause”
For historic racers, the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 Classic Sports Racing Group’s Charity Challenge is well-established as the premier fall event in Northern California. Ample track time for all nine race groups on the challenging Sonoma Raceway is the prime attraction, but for drivers, team members and spectators, there’s an additional draw: The money raised for the Sonoma (Calif.) chapter of the Speedway Children’s Charities.
Since its inception in 2004, the CSRG Charity Challenge has raised $1.1M for the SCC’s critical work supporting the success and wellness of Sonoma’s children. The club is focused on its new goal of $2M, and in partnership with the Raceway and the support of the drivers, guests and volunteers, they will get there.
Charity rides during the lunch hour (for a tax deductible donation starting at just $125) provide a three-lap tour in a historic race car around the 2.52-mile Sonoma Raceway (nee Sears Point).
So many drivers donate their time and their race car’s passenger seat—a rare chance to ride in a priceless Jaguar or Ferrari, an American V8 fire breather, or European sports, GT or production car.
As for the racing, among the weekend highlights will be the 2022 Crossflow and Morton Trophy finales, the former for Formula Ford and the latter for Datsun, Alfa Romeo and BMW small sedans honoring a very special 2- and 2.5-liter class in 1960s-1970s Trans Am history.
The off-track Car Corral, meanwhile, will feature classic cars and motorcycles on display, with classic warbirds overhead via vintage aircraft flyovers.
The good news for spectators, though, really starts with this: Admission to this year’s event is free!
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