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Touring car series race set for this weekend at Sonoma Raceway

FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) racers from all over the world have headed stateside for the second consecutive year in an attempt to tame the Sonoma Raceway circuit this weekend.

The series, which features competition among entries from BMW, SEAT and Chevrolet, has welcomed new teams from Honda (Tiago Monteiro and Gabriele Tarquini) and LADA for the 2013 season. On-track action has been better than ever so far this year, with eight different drivers posting victories.

This weekend's event in Sonoma marks the series' only stop in North America, and will feature two all-out, 30-minute sprint races on Sunday. The grid for Race 1 is based on qualifying results, then for Race 2, the first 10 positions are inverted, creating an all-out battle for the lead.

Chevrolet teammates Muller (France) and Huff (United Kingdom) recorded victories at Sonoma's inaugural WTCC event in 2012.

The weekend will also feature the return of the U.S. Touring Car Championship, as well as the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA West Series, the premier point of post-Porsche Club racing in the United States featuring Porsche 996 and 997 GT3 Cup Cars. Fans will also enjoy Formula Drift demonstrations, presented by Yokohama.

Tickets are still available and, new for 2013, each ticket includes a garage pass. Tickets start at $25 on Saturday and $40 on Sunday. Fans can visit their nearest O'Reilly Auto Parts store and purchase a $20 WTCC ticket for either Saturday or Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. For tickets or more information on the FIA WTCC weekend at Sonoma Raceway, visit racesonoma.com/wtcc or call 800-970-RACE (7223).

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