The 14 in the tech inspection tent at Sonoma 2014. (Photo Credit: Amy K Marbach)
“Sonoma is one of those tracks where you just don’t get a break. There’s really nowhere in the lap where you get a chance to relax and catch your breath. It’s a very busy lap around Sonoma.” — Tony Stewart
The 14 in the technical inspection tent at Sonoma Raceway 2014
It’s that time of year when I head north from here on the central coast of California to the road course of Sonoma Raceway (which just happens to be on CA 37- so the Train lyric I used as the title to this post is so true at least for me). So this morning at an hour too early to even consider- I got up and started northbound to pick up Misty who is flying in to SFO from Vegas and then we are off to wine country and more importantly race country!
As always I will be tweeting about my adventures up at the track (and wherever else Misty and I find ourselves- last year besides the track we ended up at the Charles Schulz (he of Snoopy fame) museum so who knows where we will end up this year). Feel free to follow along with our adventures by following myself on twitter: @BadGroove and you can follow Misty as well: @Fyrstorm24
In the meantime check out this Mobil 1 GridTv video about Somoma:
Every single time I go to type Sonoma it comes out Sonomo. I can’t explain why but I can tell you that over the last week or so I have had to correct myself umpteen times. So anyway- Sonoma. I went to this race last year…I sat in turn 7 where all the action was this race…or a lot of it and thought these seats were pretty good except for the potty situation (only portapotties…and nasty gross ones at that…although I do admit I have never been it a portapotty that was the epitome of cleanliness). As a matter of fact this picture here where they are all coming down the hill …this was heading right towards my seat:
SONOMA, CA - JUNE 20: Tony Stewart drives the Office Depot Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 20, 2010 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)
So Tony qualified 7th for the race. The word of the day even before the race started is “forward bite” everyone seemed to find it elusive and unfortunately the 14 team was no different, adjusting on the car even on their last pit stop with 24 laps to go. Unfortunately because they were green flag pit stops that put Tony out on the track in 24th. Fortunately Tony was able to fight his way up the field and ultimately finished 9th. He is now 10th in the standings. The race winner was Jimmie Johnson getting his first road course victory in his home state.
Notes on Infineon:
Did you know that there was an after race altercation between Tony Stewart and Boris Said? Of course not- because TNT failed to mention it. After the checkers Tony went up and knocked into the side of Boris’s car in retribution for a previous on track incident. Said’s crew chief chased Tony into the garage area. You can read about it here.
Jeff Gordon has made no friends at Infineon. Martin Truex Jr. wants his pound of flesh and made no bones about telling all the television viewers so. Elliott Sadler was also a victim of Jeff’s aggressive driving and wasn’t too pleased either.
Our last installment of the Road Course Adventure had us never making it to the track on Saturday. Well not past the parking gate anyway. I am warning you right now that this is a LONG post (filled with lots of pictures) as Sunday was A LONG day. If you are on dialup though I don’t want to kill your ability to see my site so continue on to read the adventure of Sunday at the Races….