WHAT: 26th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals, the 15th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Drivers in four categories – Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle – earn points leading to 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series world championships.
WHERE: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif. The track is located at the intersection of Highways 37 and 121
WHEN: Friday through Sunday, July 26-28.
FRIDAY, July 26 – LUCAS OIL SERIES qualifying and MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 4:15 and 6:15 p.m.
SATURDAY, July 27 – LUCAS OIL SERIES eliminations and MELLO YELLO SERIES qualifying at 12:15 and 2:15 p.m.
SUNDAY, July 28 – Pre-race ceremonies, 10 a.m. and MELLO YELLO SERIES eliminations begin at 11 a.m.
Saturday, July 27, ESPN and ESPNHD will televise two hours and 30 minutes of qualifying highlights at 7 p.m. (ET).
Sunday, July 28, ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will televise three hours of eliminations coverage starting at 8 p.m. (ET).
SATELLITE (Digital HD feed):
Friday, July 26, 11:30 p.m. – Midnight (ET), SES 2 / Transponder 24C
Saturday, July 27, 9:30 – 10 p.m. (ET), SES 2 / Transponder 24C
Sunday, July 28, 9 – 9:30 p.m. (ET), SES 2 / Transponder 24C
(4180 MHz, vertical; Data Rate: 40.46147055 Mbp; Symbol Rate: 29.27 Ms; FEC: ¾; Bandwidth: 36 Mhz)
Video news release contains race action highlights each day and winners’ interviews on Sunday.