NASCAR To Use Sonoma Carousel in 2019
When NASCAR returns to Sonoma Raceway in the summer of 2019, fans will have a new layout to watch the racing action from. For the first time since 1997, NASCAR will race on the circuit’s classic carousel instead of the shorter short-chute they have used since the 1998 season.
NASCAR previously used the carousel portion of the track from 1989 to 1997. The decision to revert back to the more commonly used carousel layout coincides with the track’s 50th Anniversary season.
“The Carousel is a corner where history has been made, and as we celebrate the half-century of track history in 2019, we are excited to re-introduce this signature turn on the Sonoma Raceway circuit,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. “We look forward to seeing a new generation of racers battle through this challenging corner and create moments fans will remember 50 years from now.”
Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Jeff Gordon says he is excited to watch the action on a layout he enjoyed in the past.
“I really enjoyed that course, and I was looking forward to maybe one day getting a victory on that course,” Gordon told Racer Magazine. “I’m excited. I think this is a great. It adds a completely different element to the technical skills it’s going to take from the drivers. It’s a much more demanding track.”
The 2019 NASCAR Toyota/Save Mart 350 will take place on June 23, 2019.
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