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Fri, 09 Mar 2018, 09:53 AM

Universal Technical Institute Named Official Sponsor of Sonoma Raceway’s Drags and Drift Program
Courtesy of Diana Brennan

Program Kicks Off Next Wednesday, March 14

SONOMA, Calif. – Sonoma Raceway has signed a two-year contract with the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) to be the official and exclusive sponsor of the raceway’s popular Sonoma Drags and Drift program.

UTI, the nation’s leading provider of technical training for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, marine, CNC machining and welding technicians, will team up with Sonoma Raceway to bring some horsepower to the popular weekly Drags & Drift program. Wednesday Night Drags & Drift powered by UTI, which runs most Wednesday evenings from March 14 - Nov. 14, features drag racing on the quarter-mile drag strip, as well as the skill and smoke of drifting competition in the main paddock.

The contract also includes booth displays throughout the drag racing and drifting events in addition to the raceway’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and Verizon IndyCar Series event weekends.

Universal Technical Institute boasts 12 campuses across the country including three in California. With more than 200,000 graduates in its 52-year history, UTI’s transportation-related technician training programs provide students with fundamental skills applicable and transferable to a variety of related professions requiring the ability to diagnose, service and repair gas and diesel engines, mechanical, electrical and hydraulic equipment and electronic systems. For more information about UTI, visit

Wednesday Night Drags begins at 3:30 p.m. with eliminations starting at 7 p.m. The cost for students with a valid high school ID is only $15 and $25 for all other competitors. Sonoma Drift runs from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Drivers interested in participating in Sonoma Drift should pre-register online; entry fee is $40 in advance or $50 at the gate. For more information, visit

Sonoma Drift and Drags Powered by UTI is a great spectator even. Spectator admission is just $10, while kids 12-and-under are admitted FREE and parking is FREE.

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