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August 24, 2014

Officials OK Sonoma IndyCar race after track passes inspection for quake damage

Somona Raceway escaped damage from this morning’s 6.0 earthquake in nearby American Canyon, clearing the track to host its annual IndyCar race as scheduled Sunday afternoon.

Somona Raceway escaped damage from this morning’s 6.0 earthquake in nearby American Canyon, clearing the track to host its annual IndyCar race as scheduled Sunday afternoon.

Officials inspected the 12-turn, 2.4-mile road course plus the grandstand and other track facilities and found no problems, according to track spokesman Dianna Brennan. No fans or campers at the Sears Point track were injured during the quake.

In addition, all emergency responders will be on-site at the facility, as planned, Brennan said.

The IndyCar GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma is scheduled to start at 1:40 p.m. The event annually attracts about 40,000 fans.

But getting to the track may be problematic. The westbound connector between Interstate 80 and Highway 37 — the main access route to the track for Sacramento fans — was closed Sunday morning due to cracks and damaged pavement, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Race fans are advised to check current traffic reports and road conditions for the best routes to and from the raceway, Brennan said.

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