SONOMA (CBS SF) – Disney•Pixar’s John Lasseter will be driving the Toyota Pace Car to kick off this weekend’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma. Fittingly so as he is the executive producer of Cars 3, Disney•Pixar’s latest hit movie.


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“I’m so excited to be driving the pace car for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 this weekend,” Lasseter said in a statement. “It’s an honor to lead these amazing drivers, around my hometown track–Sonoma Raceway. This is where we first started our research on the racing world for CARS. I can’t wait!”

In 1999, Lasseter was the Grand Marshall of the Toyota/Save Mart 350. This year, the honor falls to comedian Cristela Alonzo, voice of trainer “Cruz Ramirez.”

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 10: Executive producer John Lasseter poses at the World Premiere of Disney/Pixar’s “Cars 3" at the Anaheim Convention Center on June 10, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

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As part of a nationwide 27-city tour, “Road to the Races” will make Sonoma its final stop on Sunday, June 25th. The event features life-size versions of the Cars 3 stars Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm.

Tickets are available through Sonoma Raceway’s website.


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