Sonoma Raceway’s Strategic Reset: Adapting to Major Shifts in the Motor Racing World
Sonoma Raceway, located north of San Francisco, had a long history of hosting premier motor racing events. However, after decades of growth, fan attendance and viewership had started to decline in the 2010s. Fan demographics were changing, with younger fans looking for a different experience than traditional fans. These challenges confronted the entire motorsports industry. As 2020 began, Sonoma Raceway was in the midst of a major shift in its business strategy, impacting all aspects of its operations.
The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of all of the raceway’s major events, putting additional stress on the raceway.