Courtesy of Sonoma Raceway News
Photo by Mike Doran Images
SONOMA, CA, APR. 30, 2014
The 20th annual 3J’s Motorcycle Track Day raised more than $30,000 for charity on Wednesday at Sonoma Raceway.
Nearly 120 riders converged on the raceway for a day of recreational riding around the 12-turn, 2.28-mile road course, which also featured a catered lunch, a T-shirt, a 20th-anniversary commemorative water bottle, a charity raffle and an evening reception. All proceeds from the event will go to qualified youth groups in Sonoma County through Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway.
“You really can’t beat riding all day and supporting the charity,” said Livermore’s Ramsay Ackad. “It’s a great day, filled with great people, and all for a great cause.”
3J’s Motorcycle Track Days have generated nearly $450,000 since 2003. Jere Starks, vice president of facilities at Sonoma Raceway, along with Jenah Smith, operations manager at Sonoma Raceway, and Santa Rosa’s Jim Randolph, run the 3J’s program. For more information, visit 3Jsmotorcycledays.com.
“The event we started a long time ago has morphed into something else,” said Starks. “It’s a charity-driven event that allows us to do what we love to do with people who want to share that experience.”
The event kicked off festivities for this weekend’s Sonomafest motorcycle extravaganza, which will feature the Arai Pacific Nationals, the second round of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout presented by Yamaha, American Federation of Motorcycle(AFM) racing, Supermoto USA and American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA).
For more information, visit www.racesonoma.com/sonomafest.
About Speedway Children’s Charities
Speedway Children’s Charities is the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway. The mission of Speedway Children’s Charities is to care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need to help them lead productive lives. The Sonoma Chapter of SCC has distributed more than $4.5 million to qualified Sonoma County youth groups since 2001. Much of the funds distributed by Speedway Children’s Charities are raised at special events held throughout the year, mostly tied to race weekends at Sonoma Raceway. The Sonoma chapter is one of eight chapters throughout the country, all affiliated with Speedway Motorsports Inc. speedways. For more information on SCC, visit www.racesonoma.com/scc.