2019 Sonoma Speed Festival RecapRyan
The Sonoma Speed Festival hosted its inaugural event at Sonoma Raceway from May 31st to June 2nd, 2019 at Sonoma Raceway. The event highlighted over 300 of the world’s most iconic street and historic racing cars on track, alongside special demonstration runs from Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and others. Thousands of enthusiasts attended through the course of the event.
Guests enjoyed unprecedented access to a selection of the world’s most historic and valuable racing cars both on and off the track, with highlights including three Ferrari 250 GTOs, four ex-John Wyer Gulf Racing vehicles including two Ford GT40s and two Porsche 917Ks, the Lotus Type 77 driven by Mario Andretti, a rare one-of-ten McLaren F1 GTR Longtail and much more. Demonstration runs from Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport throughout the race weekend in the 2016 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport F1 W07/04 Formula 1 car, driven by team test and simulator driver Esteban Gutierrez, yielded a fastest lap time of 1:15.430 on the “full-course” configuration, the fastest lap ever recorded on the circuit.
Watch the run here:
Off the track, event highlights included the gourmet Sip & Savor Pavilion, featuring exceptional wines from a wide variety of high-end California wineries and distilleries. This was coupled with the Food Park, offering guests unique chef demonstrations and distinctive delicacies. The Radwood display featured a curated selection of automotive icons from the 1980s and 1990s, including the Porsche 959, Audi Quattro, Skyline GT-R R33 and more. The Driver’s Lounge Presented by Gooding and Co. offered race competitors and VIP guests a luxurious relaxation area with an exclusive view of the track. BringATrailer.com hosted a special Alumni Gathering at the event on Saturday, June 1 for over 75 distinctive collector vehicles previously bought or sold on its website.
“The inaugural Sonoma Speed Festival was a great success,” said Ryan R. Turri, General Manager of the Sonoma Speed Festival. “We’ve exceeded our expectations in almost every way, and we’re thrilled with the experience we were able to provide for our guests and participants. We’d like to send a huge thank you to all that attended this year’s event.”
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