BUTTONWILLOW RACEWAY

Address: 24551 Lerdo Hwy, Buttonwillow CA 9320

Phone: 661-764-5333

Website: http://buttonwillowraceway.com

General Directions: Buttonwillow is located 1/2 mile west of Interstate 5 on Lerdo Highway, which is about 10 miles north of the I-5 Buttonwillow/Highway 58 interchange (about 28 miles from Bakersfield, 196 miles from San Jose, and 126 miles from Los Angeles)

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Track Specifics: Buttonwillow is multi-configurational, with the longest track (Big Track) being ~3.0 miles. The AFM runs clockwise, using what Buttonwillow calls the #13 configuration. The course is in the flat cotton-fields but has some man-made elevation changes to make things more interesting and challenging. The overall elevation changes are small at around 10-15 feet. Almost the whole course can be seen from the pit area, which is well laid out and with excellent facilities.

PDF - Buttonwillow Track Map

Buttonwillow Paddock Layout:

Buttonwillow Paddock Overview

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 Local Accommodations and Resources: There are a number of motels to choose from in Bakersfield, and off I-5 (at interchanges of Lerdo Highway, Stockdale Highway, Hwy. 58), as well as restaurants, and gas stations. Bakersfield has the closest auto parts stores and motorcycle shops.


SONOMA RACEWAY

Address: 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, California 95476

Phone: 800-870-RACE

Website: http://www.sonomaraceway.com

General Directions:

From Alameda and Contra Costa Counties: Take I-580 west to I-80 east to I-580 west again toward the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge. Once over bridge take Highway 101 north. Take Highway 37 eastbound. Left at Highway 121. Track is one-quarter mile up on the left.

From Los Angeles, Fresno and Stockton Areas: Take I-580 westbound through Dublin and Castro Valley into Oakland where I-580 will merge with 80 eastbound. Follow to the I-580 west exit for the Richmond/San Rafael bridge towards Highway 101. Proceed north on 101 to the Highway 37 junction. Take Highway 37 eastbound. Left at Highway 121. Track is one-quarter mile up on the left.

From Reno, Sacramento and Fairfield Areas: Take I-80 west from Sacramento to Vallejo. Take Highway 37 westbound towards Novato and Sonoma. Right at Highway 121. Track is one-quarter mile up on the left.

From San Francisco: Cross the Golden Gate Bridge to Highway 101 north. Take Highway 37 eastbound toward Vallejo. Left at Highway 121. Track is one-quarter mile up on the left.

From Ukiah, Santa Rosa and Petaluma Areas: Take Highway 101 south to the Highway 116 east exit in Petaluma. Follow Highway 116 southbound. Left at Highway 37 eastbound. Left at Highway 121. Track is one-quarter mile up on the left.

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Track Specifics: The AFM configuration for Sonoma is about 2.3 miles long, in a clockwise direction. The track itself includes a multi-configurable ~2.51 mile roadcourse and 1/4 mile drag strip. The roadcourse follows the terrain to give numerous elevation changes and "blind turns". The steepest portions of the track are at a 15% grade and numerous pedestrian bridges cross the track to allow spectators to easily access all turns. The roadcourse has only two straight sections of any length, giving few places for riders to relax.

PDF - Sonoma Track Layout

Sonoma Paddock Layout:

Sonoma Facility Aerial View

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Local Accommodations and Resources: There are many motels to choose from in Novato, Petaluma, Vallejo, Sonoma, as well as a number of restaurants, grocery stores, parts stores, and malls. Petaluma, Vallejo and San Rafael have the closest motorcycle shops. Other points of interest in the area are numerous wineries - as Sonoma Raceway is near the heart of California Wine Country.


THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

Address: 5250 Hwy 162, Willows California 95988

Phone: 530-934-5588

Website: https://www.thunderhill.com

General Directions:

From wherever you are: make your way to I-5 and head north or south (as is appropriate) towards Willows. At Willows, take the Hwy 162 exit and head west for about 7 miles until you reach the Thunderhill gate which will be on your right.

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Track Specifics: Thunderhill as the AFM runs it is approximately 3 miles long, in a counter-clockwise direction. The course is in the low foothills and is laid out following the terrain. There are elevation changes, but the overall change is small at around 15-20 feet. Almost the whole course can be seen from the pit area, which is good since there are presently no access roads surrounding the course. The SCCA has designed the course to best use the terrain while creating some interesting turns reminiscent of favorite ones from other facilities.

PDF - Thunderhill Track Layout

Thunderhill Paddock Layout:

Thunderhill Paddock Overvew

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Local Accommodations and Resources: There are a number of motels to choose from in Willows, as well as a number of restaurants, fast food, a grocery store, a couple of auto parts stores, and a Wal-Mart. Chico and Sacramento have the closest motorcycle shops.