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Celebrate the Holidays at Simraceway

As we approach the end of the year, it’s time to start planning holiday festivities.

Whether you are planning a corporate holiday event, a family celebration or activity, or even a bachelor party, Simraceway offers a one-of-a-kind experience to make a big impression. 

The Greatest Corporate Event You’ll Ever Throw

Simraceway offers the perfect alternative to the stale company holiday party we all know.

Corporate Events Bay Area

Instead of giving your hard-working employees a couple of drink tickets in a nearby hotel conference room, why not treat them to a hair-raising, adrenaline-fueled experience that they’ll be talking about for years? 

Simraceway has a reputation for being experts at corporate entertainment, and we pride ourselves on being engaging, fun, and safe.  

Go Karts – Arrive and Drive: $150 Per person/Min 24 People, for Up to 2 Hours

Our Go Kart Arrive and Drive experience will put your staff behind the wheel of high-performance 70-mph Go Karts on the longest and most challenging circuit in California with all necessary equipment over the course of two hours.

Go Kart Racing at Simraceway

Everyone will get as much seat time as they could possibly want, and your employees will leave with an adrenaline rush.

Additionally, our packages and experiences encourage people to push their limits, become more competitive, work together as a team, and seek perfection in everything they do.

While many employees may roll their eyes at “company team-building exercises,” our bolt-on experiences like the Go Kart Relay Race, Junkyard Challenge, and F1-Style Pit Stop Challenge will challenge them to work and grow together in a fast-paced and fun environment:

  • KTM X-Bow Demonstration Laps: $195 per person, for up to 30 minutes
  • Go Kart Relay Race: $75 per person, for up to 1 hour
  • Go Kart Junkyard Challenge: $50 per person, for up to 30 minutes
  • F1 Style Pit Stop Challenge: $50 per person, for up to 30 minutes
  • Autocross Time Attack: $295 per person, for up to 1.5 hours

KTM Experience: $795 Per Person/Min 6 People

If you’re looking to reward a few exemplary employees or a top client with something downright magical, our KTM Experience is a better “thank you” than any gift card or plaque.

KTM Experience Bay Area

Your employees will get behind the wheel of the 300-horsepower carbon fiber KTM X-Bow R and take it around one of America’s premier racetracks at full speed. Needless to say, save the drinks and celebrations for after the victory lap.

Go Kart Competition: $275 Per Person/Min 8 People, for Up to 3 Hours

Do you have hordes of people descending on your home from out of town for the holidays and need a reason to get out for some fun?

Our Go Kart Competition package is perfect for smaller groups like families and friends, encouraging you to compete with each other and have more fun than you can imagine. It is the perfect opportunity to insert a bit of levity into your group and break up the monotony of holiday traditions.

Simraceway has Fun for Everyone

Simraceway also offers options for those who are too young to drive but have a budding interest in all things automotive.

Our garage tours will allow them to come face to face with some legendary racing cars, exotics, and a few other surprises that are kept at Sonoma Raceway. We also offer the Polaris Circuit Tour, in which a professional driver will take you around the track’s perimeter road in our off-road buggy, showing off its capabilities, giving you a thrill ride along the way. 

  • Polaris Circuit Tour: $50 per person, for up to 30 minutes
  • Garage Tours: $50 per person, for up to 30 minutes

Book Your Event Now!

If you are interested in hosting an event at Simraceway, visit our Holiday Party page to make reservations online, or call 1-800-733-0345.

For more on the facilities and programs, be sure to check out our website to see all that we have to offer. 

Join the T1 Club: Simraceway’s Private Motorsport Club

If you’ve experienced the adrenaline rush that comes with driving at speed on a racetrack, you’re probably itching for more. 

The T1 Club Program at Simraceway is our private motorsports club for graduates of our Performance driving and racing school programs. It’s for drivers looking to explore their passion at a deeper and more frequent basis than a few track days a year can offer. The T1 Club will help you develop your skills beyond what standard courses and schools can offer, and transform you into the driver you know you can be.

Get More Track Time

If you plan on joining a private motorsports club like the T1 Club, you should expect opportunities to enjoy it. To that end, members have access to an unparalleled 60 on-track dates a year which are hosted between four and eight times per month. These days are exclusive to T1 Club members and can be used in either our Full or Express days format. 

Full days consist of four or five 30-minute track sessions with breaks for performance debriefs and lunch, while an Express day offers two 30-minute sessions with a break in between. As the name suggests, a Full day will run from 8 AM to 3 or 4 PM, while Express days are usually offered in the morning from 8 to 10 AM allowing you to get some track time in before work or other important matters. 

If you have a fully track-prepped race car, or at least a racing license, you can also use your Full days on Sonoma’s Open Testing days to get it prepared for events. We’re also working hard to increase the number of T1 Club track days to bring members even more value.

Need to get some work done when you’re at the track? Our clubhouse is well equipped, allowing drivers to check in or take video calls and attend to work between sessions.

Become a Better Driver

Both Full and Express days include free base level instruction with our expert professional instructors posted at key corners of the track taking notes to help you debrief during breaks. During the debrief, they’ll give you key takeaways that you directly apply to your next session to help you cement improvements and reduce your lap times. 

Additionally, T1 Club members have access to schedule 1:1 private coaching with our professional instructors, all of whom have decades of experience in professional racing careers. It is by far the best way to improve your skillset and get the most out of your passion.  

Additional Membership Benefits and Services

T1 Club members receive more than just expanded track time and coaching services. We know that some of the best cars for driving on the track are not ideal on public roads and highways, so all members receive complimentary car storage for one vehicle at the track. Members also have the option of expanding their storage options to up to five vehicles for an additional fee.

Vehicles stored with Simraceway are also eligible for the Arrive-and-Drive Pit Lane Concierge Service, wherewith advance notice we will get your car cleaned and prepped for the day so all you have to do is show up. If your vehicle requires maintenance, you can use Simraceway’s mechanical support at a preferential rate depending on the vehicle. 

Lastly, members can bring up to three non-driving guests with them at any time, and they’ll have access to the clubhouse during normal business hours. Members also receive six annual guest passes. Qualified guest drivers can bring their own car as long as it meets mechanical standards and they are suitably experienced per Simraceway’s sole discretion. 

How to Join the T1 Club

In order to qualify for the Tier 1 club, you must be referred by an existing member or one of our instructors. That typically occurs through participation in our racing schools or high performance driving programs, which we strongly encourage as it gives us the opportunity to get to know you, your current driving skill level and future targets. You’ll also need to have graduated from either Stage 2 or Stage 3 of the Performance Driving Stage programs. This is to ensure safety and a high standard of driving performance on the track so you get the most of your membership.

If you are interested in joining, please fill out this form to apply

Simraceway Series: Weekend 2 this month (and 1 seat left)

If you caught the action last month, then you know our KTM X-Bow Cup is sure to bring thrills and excitement to anyone involved. Don’t waste another weekend sitting around when you could be behind the wheel taking charge.

From August 23rd to the 25th, drivers can take advantage of several, arrive and drive race packages for KTM and F3. F3 and F4 vehicle owners are also welcome to join the weekend in their own machine provided it is inspected and approved by us. Of course, every driver receives coaching and feedback throughout the weekend.

  • X-Bow cup – Waitlisting drivers
  • F3 series – 1 arrive and drive seat remaining at $11,995
  • F4 series – Drivers welcome

Formula Car Cup: Race 3 & 4

Following a similar format as the X-Bow Cup USA Race Series, the Formula Car Cup is specifically for F3 and F4 drivers wanting to hone and test their race craft against other gentlemen drivers in cutting edge machines. The class is a unique opportunity to enter the world of top tier motorsport without the expense of starting your own race team. If you have desires of a racing career in LMP3, TCR, GT4, Ferrari Challenge, Maserati Trofeo, Blancpain GT World Challenge then the Formula Car Cup provides the ultimate development ground, tool and launchpad to the next level.

Race Weekend Agenda:

  • 8 am to 8:20 am: Check-In
  • 8:20 am to 8:50 am: Driver Meeting
  • 9:00 am to 9:20 am: Practice 1
  • 10:50 am to 11:20 am: Practice 2
  • 11:20 am to 12:20 pm: Lunch
  • 1:20 pm to 1:50 pm: Qualifying
  • 3:20 pm to 3:50 pm: Race

If interested in reserving the final seat, please email shawn.jackson@simraceway.com

KTM X-Bow Cup USA Single-weekend & Three-Race Weekend Packages

The KTM X-BOW Cup USA has launched in the Americas for the very first time! This one-make, highly competitive racing series comes across the pond, landing in a new home at Sonoma Raceway. Four weekends of racing, 16 races in total make up the full Championship. With results from the best 3 weekends making up a driver’s championship standing.

This is the second round of races and drivers have the choice between a single-weekend package for $9,950 or a three-race weekend package for $28,495. The second round of races happens from October 18th to the 20th.

This weekend the class will be supported by the addition of a full parts store/trailer for the KTM fleet to provide manufacturer scale support and keep all cars in as new condition. However, if the first weekend is anything to go by, this will be a lonely place as we had zero incidents in the entire 4 race weekend. The X-Bow platform is proving a phenomenal platform for drivers looking for a safer more modern manner to enter the world of racing.

Race Weekend Agenda:

  • 8 am to 8:20 am: Check-In
  • 8:20 am to 8:50 am: Driver Meeting
  • 9:20 am to 9:50 am: Practice 1
  • 11:20 am to 11:50 am: Qualifying
  • 11:50 am to 12:50 pm: Lunch
  • 1:50 pm to 2:20 pm: Race 1
  • 3:50 pm to 4:20 pm: Race 2

Other Notable Weekend Events…

August is one of the nicest weather weekends of the years, so even if you don’t want to race but still want to hit the track, you can still enjoy many other engaging activities.

Private Track Time for T1 Club Members

On Saturday, Aug 24th, T1 Club Members and their guests can take advantage of private track time from 7:30 am to 5 pm.

Performance Driving Stages 1 & 2

From Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, drivers can enjoy stages 1 & 2 of Performance Driving classes.

In Stage 1, drivers undergo a specially-developed combination of classroom instruction and in-car exercises to help participants understand the full capabilities of their vehicles. And then it’s onto Sonoma Raceway’s world-famous 2.52-mile race track, where drivers, bolstered by the expert feedback of our skilled instructors, will discover exactly what they and their cars can do! Completion of Stage 1 graduates trainees to Stage 2.

In Stage 2, drivers will learn skid-pad car-control exercise, plus they’ll have four 25-minute track-lapping sessions; the first two of which will be in a lead-follow format to help students acclimatize to the world-famous track. After that, it’s time to go solo, with two open-lapping sessions allowing drivers to demonstrate their capabilities. Once back in the classroom, participants will receive targeted and detailed feedback on their performances, with our expert instructors suggesting areas of improvement and next steps.

Stage 1 costs $495, and Stage 2 costs $595.

Open Practice Karts: Reverse National

Finally, on Friday between 9 am and 5 pm, Sonoma Raceway is hosting an open practice for go-karting. Bring your competitive spirit and race your friends to see whose the fastest on the track.

For more information on karting experiences and prices, please click this link.

What’s Happening in July at Simraceway

The sun is shining on track all month long during July at Simraceway. When you’re not watching fireworks or barbecuing, you’ll find exciting driving experiences and racing throughout July at the track.

The spotlight this month is on Go Karts with the chance to practice on the Reverse Pro National Course on selected Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Turn 1 Club Karting is available on Tuesdays. Don’t miss the ROK Arrive and Drive Kart Racing Series on Saturday, July 13.

Go Kart Racing, Kart Rentals, Practice Days at Simraceway in July

Simraceway’s Karts run on California’s premier and longest Go Kart track. If you know an enthusiastic driver age 13 and older who’d like to try the excitement of Go-Karting at speeds of up to 70 miles an hour, they can sign up for the Kart Race School or try open practice on the Reverse Pro National Track. The fourth race in Simraceway’s 2019 Karting Arrive and Drive Series – which welcomes all experience levels, including first-time racers – is Saturday, July 13. 

Turn 1 Club members can schedule Karting time on Tuesdays throughout the month. If you want to schedule Karting time at the track, be sure to check the calendar: dates are filling fast and the Kart Track will be closed from July 25 through 28 for NHRA. You can rent an LO206 or ROK Powered Tony Kart, but be aware that the ROK Karts have to be reserved at least two days (48 hours) ahead of time.

July: A Great Time to Check Out Simraceway’s Performance Driving Program Series 

If you’ve wondered what it would be like to drive your own car in a track environment, Simraceway’s Performance Driving Program series offers a full day High-Performance Driving Experience (HPDE). The program takes place on Sonoma Raceway’s 2.52-mile track. All three stages of Simraceway’s Performance Driving Program are offered in July.

Stage 1 of the Performance Driving Program combines classroom instruction and in-car exercises along with car-control drills. After you complete instruction, you’ll practice on the autocross track before completing the day driving on Sonoma Raceway’s full track.

If you’ve completed Stage 1 or have comparable experience from another program, you are eligible to move on to Stage 2 of the Performance Driving Program. Stage 2 starts out with an autocross competition, then moves on to four 30-minute track laps on Sonoma Raceway. You’ll end the day going solo in open lap sessions, and then return to the classroom for targeted, supportive feedback from Simraceway’s expert instructors.

Stage 2 graduates and other experienced drivers can move on to Stage 3 runs all 5 of its sessions on the main track with instruction by radio from corners. This stage is designed to maximize your understanding of your car and capabilities as a driver. 

KTM X-Bow Experience And Other July Events at Simraceway

You can drive the incredible KTM X-Bow Competition R in July at Simraceway. This half-day experience offers the opportunity to drive the high-tech track car around Sonoma Raceway’s challenging course. 

As always, T1 Club members can take advantage of T1 driving days on select Tuesdays and Fridays during July. Prospective SCCA racers can sign up for the 3-day SCCA License School in the KTM X-Bow — but don’t delay — the F3 3-Day SCCA Race School is already full.

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