Sonoma, CA — Charitable giving and high-speed racing will come together during this weekend’s 16th annual Classic Sports Racing Group (CSRG) Charity Challenge at Sonoma Raceway as the vintage racing organization races to raise $1 million for Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC). Since 2004, this event has generated more than $960,000 for the Sonoma chapter of SCC.
Charity Track Rides take center stage in CSRG’s fundraising efforts during the Charity Challenge. Fans can pick their dream ride from a variety of vintage race cars, including Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Morgan, Porsche, Lotus, Corvette, BMW and Mini Cooper, among others.
The experience includes three thrilling laps around Sonoma Raceway’s road course on Saturday and Sunday. Rides start at just $75 (a tax-deductible donation) and go up for bid at 9 a.m. each day. The rides sell out quickly, so arrive at the track early to reserve your spot.
Charity ride participants must be at least 16 years old and wear a long-sleeve shirt, pants and closed-toe shoes to ride. The rides are slated to begin at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday and 12:50 p.m. on Sunday.
More than 260 vintage race cars will hit the track throughout the weekend on the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course. The event will feature vintage Formula cars, Prototype and Production sports cars and IMSA cars spanning from the 1930s through the 1980s.
Veteran racer John Morton, famous for driving Trans-Am, Can-Am, IMSA GTP, F5000 and many other race car types, will serve as Grand Marshal of the Charity Challenge, and will race in the season finale of the Morton Trophy, a series created for small sedans from the 1960s and 1970s.
The weekend will be highlighted by three feature groups, including the Crossflow Cup that celebrates 51 years of Formula Ford; the USRRC G4 Series that pays homage to the USRRC Series from the 1960s, the forerunner of the Can-Am; and Morton Trophy. Detailed schedule.