More than 200 historic sports cars graced Sonoma Raceway road course during the Classic Sports Racing Group (CSRG) Charity Challenge. The field included an incredible collection of cars, ranging from Can-Am, Trans-Am and Formula cars to Production Sports Cars that were the genesis of sports car racing in the U.S in the early ‘50s.
This “rolling car show” featured historic and rare racing machines valued well into the millions of dollars, including a 1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa and 1963 Ferrari GTO. The last public sale of similar cars valued them at more than $39 million each. Other rare cars that took to the track include a 1953 Jaguar C-Type, 1959 Maserati Birdcage, 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ and many more.
Race fans had a unique chance to experience the power of many of these cars first-hand during the popular spectator rides. Car owners offered three-lap rides during the Charity Track Rides. Prices for the Charity Track Rides ranged from $75-$500, depending on the chosen car.
The Charity Track Rides are the primary focus of CSRG’s fundraising efforts during the Charity Challenge, which has generated more than $780,000 to the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities (SCC) since 2004. The Sonoma chapter of SCC, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, is dedicated to raising money for Sonoma County youth organizations. SCC has distributed more than $5.1 million since 2001.