Twists and turns: Inside Sonoma’s unique layout, location

Welcome to Sonoma Raceway, where the course is long and the turns are right. Sunday’s race (3 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) is the first of two road course for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series this year.

To get ready, read on for a full track printout and five interesting facts about Sonoma.

– The track length is 1.99 miles, and the road course itself features more than 160 feet of elevation change from the highest point (Turn 3a, 174 feet) to the lowest. (Turn 10, 14 feet).

– Drivers who complete Sunday’s Monster Energy Series race will make 1,100 turns around the road course. The race is scheduled for 110 laps.

– Nearly 4,000 sheep, housed at the raceway, provide, uh, natural land care and help maintain the facility’s grasses and fire lanes. So, yeah, animal lawnmowers.

– The NASCAR configuration of the Sonoma Raceway road course is lined with 1,000 tire packs made up of 25,000 tires, 90,000 screws, 90,000 clips and 180,000 washers.

– One of the more unique Victory Lane settings in the sport, winners in Sonoma celebrate with a sip from the Champion’s Goblet in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle. The goblet, which is handcrafted by a local glass blower from Sonoma, was introduced in 2006 and incorporates the raceway’s rich wine country heritage.