NAPA, Calif. (KTVU) - The roar of NASCAR engines and the cheers of pumped up racing fans are filling the wine country on Sunday.
NASCAR is holding one of its rare road course events for the Toyota/Save Mart 350.
This year's competition has added significance, as "The Carousel" is being brought back.
The original 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course is being used, as part of Sonoma Raceway's yearlong 50th anniversary celebration.
Sonoma Raceway officials said the full track layout was originally unveiled when the facility opened in 1968, and incorporates the raceway's signature sweeping downhill corner affectionately nicknamed "The Carousel."
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Gates at the raceway opened at 7 a.m. Sunday, with the green flag dropping at noon.
As usual, fans heading to the raceway are encountering gridlock. Both Highways 121 and 37 are expected to be congested throughout the day.<
KTVU's Elissa Harrington reported from the garage area, where racing teams were preparing for the big race, while fans had a chance to check out the cars and see some of NASCAR's top drivers.