• How can a racetrack be sustainable?
  • Sonoma Raceway in partnership with Panasonic have installed nearly 1,700 solar panels, supplying over 40% of the track's energy needs.
  • Sonoma Raceway hosted the debut of the TTXGP U.S. Championships which marked the first zero-emission motorcycle race on American soil.
  • The raceway is home to 3,000 sheep, which help to maintain the grasses and fire lanes around the facility.
  • The pace car at the 2010 Toyota/Save Mart 350 was a Toyota Camry Hybrid.
  • Since 2004, Sonoma Raceway has recycled more than 141 tons.

Accelerating Sustainable Performance

Sonoma Raceway began its comprehensive recycling program in 2004 and since then, the facility has taken its green initiatives to new heights. Below is a snapshot of the raceway’s Accelerating Sustainable Performance program.

Solar Energy

Sonoma Raceway is home to a major solar-electric-power-generating installation with a capacity of more than 350 kilowatts, along with a dual-sided, solar-powered LED display board along Highway 37. A total of 1,652 solar panels were installed at the raceway in 2011. The solar power produced by the new system will provide for 41-percent of the raceway’s overall energy usage.

Recycling

Since 2004, the track has recycled more than 402 tons of materials (805,514 pounds). It was recognized by the State of California Department Division of Recycling for its efforts and works with Safety-Kleen during events to recycle used oil products.

Organic Garden

Sonoma Raceway, in partnership with Levy Restaurants and Sonoma Valley High School, planted the raceway’s first organic garden in 2013. Fruits and vegetables from the garden are used at the Raceway Café and in Levy catering. During summer months, the garden yields tomatoes, peppers, edible flowers, green beans, lettuces, kale, chard and eggplant. Winter crops include lettuces, chives, spinach, beets and herbs. In spring, we plan to slope the whole side with potatoes, squash, pumpkins, zucchini, etc.

Mowing Green

Nearly 3,000 sheep that live on track property provide an invaluable service, helping to maintain the grasses and fire lanes around the facility.

Novvi Engine Oil, Performing Green

Sonoma Raceway is increasing the use of Novvi Engine Oil, a high performance oil sourced from plant sugars. The oil is a drop-in replacement for traditional lubricating oils, but is also renewable. Novvi Oil provides enhanced performance while reducing the environmental impact.

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