You’ve heard of the love train? Well, now you can take the NASCAR train to Sonoma race

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If you’re heading to Sonoma Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on June 22, racetrack officials want you to get into training for the event.

No, the track doesn’t want you to start doing pushups or lift weights. Rather, for the second straight year, track officials want fans to hop on board an actual train and head to the racetrack in comfort, leaving the driving to someone else.

The NASCAR Express will leave Sacramento, with stops in Davis and Suisun City, and “traverse some of Northern California’s most spectacular scenery before dropping passengers just steps from the raceway’s main entrance,” according to a media release from the racetrack.

Last year’s first NASCAR Express sold out nearly a week before the race, and with more lead time for publicity and promotion, it’s expected to once again sell out early, if not earlier than last year.

“The NASCAR Express was a resounding success in its first year,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. “Our fans told us it turned the race experience into a full day’s adventure and they can’t wait to board the train again this June.”

Admittedly, the train ticket is a bit pricey at $199, which is probably more than most race tickets. However, you get a good return on your investment:

* A reserved-seat in the Main Grandstand.

* Round-trip travel from Sacramento, Davis or Suisun.

* VIP main-gate entry.

* On-track access to driver introduction and pre-race ceremonies.

* Special T-shirt commemorating the train ride.

* You can avoid what can be lengthy and frustrating traffic delays into the track.

* You won’t have to worry about parking at an appreciable distance (the train station is literally at the track’s front gate).

* You can have breakfast on the way to the track in one of two café’ cars, as well as a post-race meal on the way home.

“Fantastic, awesome, best day ever,” said race fan Terry Donigan, who rode the NASCAR Express in 2013. “The train ride through the Napa back country is just beautiful and it was a great way to get to the race. I can’t wait to do it again this year!”

Click here for more information on the NASCAR Express.

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Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.