“In addition to curating these special and accurate racing grids, we want the Invitational to be educational, family friendly, and fun for all ages. We remain committed to showcasing not only extraordinary and historically correct racing machines, but also providing an atmosphere of wine, food, new technology, art, and more to create a truly one-of-a-kind experience.” This is the vision of Velocity Invitational Founder Jeff O’Neill, who “wants to build a Goodwood for the United States.”
After the inaugural event at Sonoma Raceway in May 2019 that employed some of the Goodwood/Peter Auto features, such as keeping the racing cars in tents according to grid, offering great hospitality to teams and creating off-track events and activities, the 2020 event was lost to COVID. However, O’Neil and his team used the delay to further develop the concept. They re-branded it to become the Velocity Invitational and moved to the Monterey Peninsula and the historic Laguna Seca Raceway for the re-launch. After a two-year sojourn at Laguna Seca, Velocity Invitational will return to Sonoma Raceway on 10-11 November, 2023 with the same mission and ambition, to bring the best cars out to race in a low-pressure, highly convivial atmosphere. Amongst the themes this year will be the McLaren 60th anniversary. McLaren, which has had a big presence at the last two events will be bringing the largest display yet of McLaren cars from its heritage collection, for display and for racing, many never seen in North America.
“We’ll celebrate the world’s most iconic, rare and valuable cars through exciting activities and thrilling on-track action. Modern hypercars, historic Formula 1 race cars, popular vintage racing groups, the Mustangs vs. Minis enduro and McLaren’s 60th Anniversary cars will all tackle Sonoma’s challenging 12-turn road course throughout the weekend,” said O’Neill.
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