Story and photos by Dennis Gray
The Classic Sports Racing Group (CSRG) kicked off its 43rd season at Infineon Raceway on April 9-11, 2010. The event featured testing on Friday, with vintage racing on the 12-turn, 2.52-mile road course on Saturday and Sunday. A full field of vintage race cars graced the road course over the weekend, which also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Alfa Romeo with special Alfa-only events.
Friday was a perfect day for racing – sunny and warm with just a touch of a breeze. Over sixty Alfa Romeos were on hand, ranging from the pre-war cars of Martin Swig’s 6C 1500 Sport Zagato, Peter Gidding’s 1935 Tipo 8C-35 and Tom Price’s 1932 8C 2300MM to post war examples of a Tipo 33 and many Giulia Spyder Veloces, Giulettas and Berlinas.
Not to be left out, Sweden was represented by seventeen Volvos and two Saabs participating in the Volvo Celebration Grid for Volvos manufactured before 1973, as well as Sports Racers and GT Cars powered by pre-1972 Volvo engines.
A reward for arriving early Friday was the chance to see and hear the Maserati 250F of Tom Price circulating in preparation for shipment to the Monaco Historic GP race on May 1-2. The 250F has been missing from recent historic events and it was great to see and hear it back on form.
Saturday opened to a heavy cold overcast that grew darker as the day progressed. By mid-day Saturday, CSRG had a full pit area with over 200 cars.
Saturday night most drivers and cars headed home rather than exposing themselves to Sunday’s forecast for a monsoon. The weather report was unfortunately correct, as heavy rains soaked the track and kept participants at bay. By noon so few cars were left that we included qualifying times but not race results.
CSRG returns to Infineon Raceway, October 1-3, 2010 for the CSRG Charity Challenge. CSRG generously donates the proceeds from its event weekends to the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of Infineon Raceway. CSRG has contributed more than $425,000 to Sonoma County youth organizations through Speedway Children’s Charities since 2002.
For more information, visit www.csrgracing.org.
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2010 CSRG Season Opener at Infineon Raceway Sears Point – Photo Gallery (click image for larger photo, description and qualifying time)
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