Wednesday nights. Sideways cars. Screeching Tires. White Smoke. All this can only mean one thing: the return of Sonoma Drift.

Sonoma Drift runs in conjunction with the weekly Wednesday Night Drags program, providing a safe, legal and controlled environment in which professionals and amateurs can perfect their drifting skills. Drifting is a high-skill motor sport that calls for drivers to control a high-horsepower car while it slides sideways at high speeds through a marked course. This is a sport where drivers are judged on style and execution rather than who finishes with the fastest time.

Each week, racers will drift on a specially-designed course in the Sonoma Raceway paddock area. Entries can range anywhere from the style and curves of a Nissan 350z to the pure power of American-made muscle cars. All cars must pass a simple technical inspection before drifting begins at 4 p.m.

The cost to drift is $50 if you pre-register or $60 at the gate. Ride-alongs are $10 (with valid, state-issued photo ID; ages 16 and 17 need completed notarized waiver). We recommend pre-registering as most events sell out in advance. Only 70 entries are allowed each week. Spectators are $15, paid at the gate. *Special event pricing: Drift $60 in advance; $70 at gate; spectators are $20. Kids 12 & Under are FREE