RACE ADVANCE: Sonoma Raceway
Loved by race fans, Germain Racing team members and GEICO employees alike, the No. 13 GEICO Military Camaro ZL1 is en route to Sonoma Raceway for this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. The GEICO Military paint scheme has been a fan favorite since it debuted on Germain Racing’s No. 13 machine in 2014. The scheme is highlighted by the unique “geckoflage” that adorns the black Chevrolet. In the scheme’s history, it has only been run during Charlotte Motor Speedway’s speedweeks around Memorial Day, the July 4th event at Daytona International Speedway and the fall races at Texas Motor Speedway and ISM Raceway for Veterans Day.
This will be Dillon’s third race at the 2.52-mile road course. With 90 laps of hard racing action, the Save Mart 350 will consist of 1,080 turns.
Wagner Family of Wine
A long-time partner of Bob Germain and Germain Racing, the Wagner Family of Wine and Caymus Vineyards will be featured on the No. 13 Camaro ZL1 this weekend.
It has been over 40 years since Chuck Wagner’s family founded Caymus Vineyards in Napa Valley, and today they are proud to showcase a collection of wines that have a reputation for quality and consistency, produced from the premiere winegrowing regions in California. The Wagner family embraces a hands-on work ethic and are constantly looking for ways to keep improving the quality of their wines, resulting in the pairing of tradition with innovation. Caymus, Conundrum, Mer Soleil, Red Schooner and Emmolo are all produced by Wagner Family of Wine. For more information about Wagner Family of Wine and Caymus Vineyards, please visit www.wagnerfamilyofwine.com.
Changes at Sonoma
NASCAR will return to Sonoma’s original, 12-turn road course for the first time since 1997. The full track layout incorporates the raceway’s signature sweeping downhill corner known as “The Carousel,” which plunges from Turn 4, down through Turns 5 and 6 and navigates a more than 200-degree radius turn before dropping onto the raceway’s longest straightaway into the Turn 7 hairpin. From 1998-2018, NASCAR competed on a shorter, 1.99-mile configuration, which utilized a bypass connecting Turns 4 and 7 known as “The Chute.” The last NASCAR event on full road course was the 1997 Save Mart Supermarkets 300.
Dillon Weekend Chatter
How do you prepare for road course racing?
“I spent some time in the GM simulator to get used to the new track configuration that we will have this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. It was tough to get into a rhythm since I’ve worked so much over the past two years learning the old layout. It was good, though. I was mentally able to get back into the thought processes of shifting. Road-course racing is such a different mindset that comes with a whole different set of mental checklists that you’re constantly going through over the course of the weekend. We only visit Sonoma once a year, so it’s definitely a challenge. But, I enjoy the challenge of road-course racing. Our GEICO Military team always performs well at these tracks, but we have just run into some bad luck. I’m looking forward to getting on track this weekend. The new configuration will make it exciting, and it will sort of be a great equalizer for the field as everyone adjusts to it.”
Dillon will stop by the Germain Racing merchandise rig on Sunday morning to kick off race day! If you don’t have your No. 13 team gear yet, you’ll be able to purchase t-shirts, hats, koozies and more for him to sign.
When: Sunday, June 23 at 8:55 a.m. PT
Where: Sonoma Raceway Fan Midway
Tickets and Tune In!
The Save Mart 350 will be run on Sunday, June 23. Tickets to Sonoma Raceway can be purchased at NASCAR.com/tickets.
The race will air live at 3:00 p.m. ET on FS1, Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.