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Sonoma Raceway issues status update from fires

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Sonoma Raceway officials issued a statement Monday, saying that the race track has been spared major damage from several wildfires threatening Northern California.

Fires have scorched Cougar Mountain and other grassy areas around the road course’s hillside property. Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page said the track’s buildings are safe for now.

“All of us at Sonoma Raceway extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those who have been touched by the devastating North Bay fires,” Page said in a statement provided by the track. “Our facilities team and a number of local fire companies have been battling grassland fires on Cougar Mountain and elsewhere around our property, and at this point it does not appear any of the raceway’s structures or other facilities are at immediate risk.”

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The multi-purpose road course and drag racing facility has hosted the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series each season since 1989. The event has been held in late June since 1998.

Thousands of residents have been evacuated from Napa and Sonoma counties, north of the San Francisco Bay area, since the blazes began Sunday. The wildfires have spread quickly, whipped by strong winds and dry conditions.

Sonoma Raceway staff said that additional updates on the wildfires’ impact would be provided as needed. Page said that he was thankful for the outpouring of support.

“We appreciate all of the good wishes that have flooded in from friends around the state and country,” Page said.

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