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Sonoma Raceway To Honor Joe Gibbs, Robert Marshall
June 19, 2019
The Northern California track will add the legendary NASCAR team owner and track founder to its Wall of Fame during this weekend's Toyota/Save Mart 350 Cup Series race.
Sonoma Raceway To Honor Joe Gibbs, Robert Marshall

Sonoma Raceway will add a legendary NASCAR team owner and one of the raceway's founders to its Wall of Fame during this weekend's Toyota/Save Mart 350 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, June 21-23.

Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee, will join fellow NASCAR legends Rusty Wallace (2005), Mark Martin (2005), Jeff Gordon (2006), Ricky Rudd (2007), Rick Hendrick (2010), Ernie Irvan and Tony Stewart (2016) on the Raceway's Wall of Fame.

JGR has competed on the Sonoma Valley road course in the NASCAR Cup Series since 1992, debuting with driver Dale Jarrett in the Save Mart Supermarkets 300. Over more than 25 years, JGR has visited victory lane four times with Tony Stewart (2001, 2005) and Kyle Busch (2008, 2015). JGR also boasts 13 top-five finishes and 25 top-10 finishes over 65 driver starts and more than 300 laps led in Sonoma.

Raceway founder Robert (Bob) Marshall also joins inductees who have made a significant impact on the raceway, including Bruton Smith, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (2006), Bob Piccinini, Save Mart Supermarkets (2007) and original raceway executive Ken Clapp, Sears Point Raceway (2008).

Marshall, an attorney from nearby Marin County, was an avid sports car enthusiast. While not a racer himself, he was a Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) member and a willing crew member for several local amateur SCCA racers.

Marshall took on the valiant effort of collaborating with a strategic group of investors, developers and racing advisors to make his dream of a "drivers' track" a reality and broke ground on Sears Point Raceway on Aug. 14, 1968.

"The Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame honors individuals who have had a significant impact on the legacy of this facility, and as we celebrate our 50th anniversary, I can't think of two more appropriate additions," said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager.

Marshall's son, Jack, will accept the Wall of Fame honor on his fathers' behalf on Friday during a 50thanniversary press conference at Sonoma Raceway. Gibbs will be inducted into the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame on Sunday during pre-race ceremonies.

The Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame is designed to honor those who have excelled not only in their form of motor racing but also in Sonoma. 

For more information, visit sonomaraceway.com.