Northern California native Scott Pruett will drive the Toyota Camry pace car to kick off the Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, June 24.
Pruett, who lives a few hours northeast in Auburn, wrapped his 50-year racing career following the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in January. Recognized as the most-decorated road racer of the modern era, Pruett is a five-time champion in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with 60 series wins. Since 2004, Pruett has led an astonishing 5,262 laps in full-time sports car competition, and in the last 10 years he’s led 2,010 laps in the Rolex 24 alone. He is tied with Hurley Haywood for the most overall wins in the Rolex 24 at five.
Pruett has also competed in both NASCAR’s premier Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the IndyCar Series, where he won twice. He earned three top-five finishes in 40 starts in the Cup series, including a runner-up finish at Watkins Glen (2003) and a third-place finish in Sonoma (2004).
“I’m so honored and excited to be back at Sonoma,” said Pruett, who has seven Cup Series starts and a Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car victory on his home track in Sonoma. “I love this track. It’s right in my backyard, and I have many great memories here. I can’t wait to lead those boys to the green flag, and just hope I remember to pull off into pit lane!”
Pruett, who in 2017 was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame and the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, and wife Judy began making award-winning wine under Pruett Vineyard in 2007. They continually earn ratings in the mid-90s from Wine Spectator; their 2012 vintage Championship Cuvee was rated the best Syrah in America, followed up by their 2014 vintage Championship Cuvee, which was tied for highest-rated Syrah in the world. The couple has also written and published a number of children’s books about racing, published by their company Word Weaver Books.
Pruett will be recognized during the NASCAR drivers’ meeting and the Toyota/Save Mart 350 pre-race show prior to hitting the track.