Area’s largest drifting event will host over 300 drivers at Sonoma Raceway
SONOMA, Calif. (December 14, 2022) – Winter Jam, Northern California’s largest drifting event is back Saturday and Sunday, December 17-18, 2022 at Sonoma Raceway. Hosted by Sonoma Drift, the event will take place in six different locations with varying configurations around the Sonoma Raceway facility including the road course and main paddock.
This year sees the 11th event and the return of the “Shootout,” a Pro-Am competition at Turn 7 on Sunday with drivers competing for a Formula Drift PROSPEC competition license. Spectators will also be treated to an exciting “Team Tandem Competition” at Turn 11 on Saturday at 2:00 pm. For the ultimate thrill, spectators 16 and over can get a ride-along pass allowing them to ride as a passenger with drifters on the course. Good all weekend long, the pass is free with a $20 donation to Speedway Children’s Charities which gives grants to local Sonoma County non-profits.
Organized for pro and enthusiast drivers alike and welcoming beginners, there is a course for every skill level to gain experience and have a great time on track in a safe and regulated environment. Sonoma Raceway’s 2.52-mile track will have courses going up through Turns 2-4, at Turn 7, through the Esses of Turn 8 and around the hairpin at Turn 11. Two other locations including the main paddock will also be home to closed loop courses.
Visit the Sonoma Raceway website for a schedule of events, printable map and tickets for both spectators and PROSPEC Shootout participants. Ride-along passes for ages 16 and up can be purchased at the event, though minors aged 16 and 17 years must have a parent present to sign a waiver. If a parent is not able to accompany the minor, a notarized waiver signed by a parent must be presented. Children 12 and under are FREE.
Sonoma Raceway is a 2.52-mile and 12-turn road course and quarter-mile drag strip located at Sears Point in Sonoma County, California. Built in 1968 the track is carved into rolling hills with 160 ft of total elevation change. It is host to one of the few NASCAR Cup Series races each year that are run on road courses. It is one of the world’s busiest racing facilities, with track activity scheduled an average of 340 days a year. A complete and versatile motorsports complex, it is home to one of the nation’s only high-performance automotive industrial parks with approximately 70 tenants.