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Sonoma Raceway not at ‘immediate risk’ as wildfires rage nearby

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The California wildfire epidemic has reached the grounds of Sonoma Raceway, but track officials say the facility is not in immediate danger.

Several fires have swept throughout Sonoma and Napa counties on Monday, prompting California Gov. Jerry Brown to issue an emergency proclamation. The alerts include the areas near Sonoma Raceway, Highway 12, 121 and 37 — each closed to traffic.

The track released the following statement in response.

“All of us at Sonoma Raceway extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those who have been touched by the devastating North Bay fires. 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. We appreciate all of the good wishes that have flooded in from friends around the state and country.”

The track opened in 1968 with NASCAR and IndyCar highlighting the track’s schedule during that time. IndyCar made its debut back in 1970 with the NASCAR Cup Series joining in 1989. There is also a quarter-mile drag strip on the facility that has sporadically hosted NHRA events.

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