Sonoma Raceway is considered among the most challenging tracks in North America. Some have espoused that if you can be fast at Sonoma, you can be fast anywhere. It’s a track that never lets you rest, has many corners that are off camber, have blind exits, or little room for error. And it’s intimidating. Luckily, for those who will race at the California track for the first time at the 2018 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, we have found some local experts to offer a few tips.
“There are big consequences at [Sonoma], so you have to be mindful and respectful of some of the corners,” says Mark Drennan, who calls nearby San Jose home and is one of the favorites to win the Spec Miata title. “Turn 10 is probably the most treacherous and the highest-consequence corner. It’s super fast and there really isn’t much before you hit the wall, so it’s better to be safe than sorry for that corner.”