Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Another Piece of the Puzzle Falls into Place: Infineon to Change Date for 2011

208676 (August 11, 2010) Infineon Raceway will return to its more traditional date for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend in 2011.

The Toyota/Save Mart 350 will take place, June 24-26, the final weekend in June. The race had been held on Father’s Day each of the last two years.

“This is a small change on the calendar, but a very positive development overall.  We’ve had lots of feedback from fans over the last two seasons that the Father’s Day date presents a conflict with their traditional family plans," said Steve Page, president and general manager of Infineon Raceway.

The raceway had hosted the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series the final weekend in June for a number of years before moving to Father’s Day in 2009.

Page is confident the move back to the final weekend in June will be welcomed by race fans.

“This is the anchor event on the Infineon Raceway schedule and we’re delighted to be back on our old date,” Page said.

This will mark the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ 23rd consecutive visit to the Sonoma Valley. Jimmie Johnson became the sixth different driver in six years to take the checkers at this past June’s Toyota/Save Mart 350. It was the first-career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road-course victory for the four-time defending NASCAR champion.

The 2011 race weekend will also boast the Thunder Valley Casino Resort 200 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event on Saturday, June 25. Canadian Andrew Rangers took the checkers in June.

Race fans interested in getting an early start can renew their tickets or sign-up for priority pre-sale by calling 800-870-RACE today.

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