Sonoma Raceway Sheep Program

Adopt a sheep? You can at Sonoma — and for a great cause

Sonoma Raceway’s famous grazing sheep are now doing more than mowing the hills in preparation for race season.

Admirers and race fans alike can now symbolically adopt a sheep of their own and help local children and families in need at the same time.

“Our sheep herd is one of the most unique and lovable assets at Sonoma Raceway, and now fans can symbolically adopt one of their own,” said Jill Gregory, Sonoma Raceway’s executive vice president and general manager. “By adopting a sheep, people can make a big impact for children facing hardships in the Sonoma County community. Just one adoption could provide a week of groceries for a family in need or two nights of shelter or even basic essentials for foster children.”

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The sheep at Sonoma, which range from 650 in the winter to nearly 2,500 in the summer, are on-site daily to help maintain the track’s 1,600 acres of grassland. On average, 500 sheep can graze up to five acres per day, providing an eco-friendly alternative to mowing. The role of the sheep has become an especially critical tool in the effort to reduce fire danger by reducing fuel load, particularly in areas of the track that aren’t easily accessible by machinery.

Seeing the animals on the property when visiting Sonoma Raceway is just one of the “experiential” things that can happen when a fan visits one of the most idyllic settings for a race in all of NASCAR.

NASCAR returns to Sonoma Raceway June 11-12 for a doubleheader with the Cup Series (June 12) and — for the first time at Sonoma since 1998 — the Camping World Truck Series (June 11).

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To adopt a sheep and learn more about Speedway Children’s Charities Sonoma, visit www.speedwaycharities.org/sheep.