Drag racing fans can go head-to-head against stars of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on the Sonoma Raceway Karting Center at the 13th annual NHRA Tour de Charity.

Speedway Children's Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, will host the fundraising  event on Saturday, March 21, with all proceeds benefiting Sonoma County youth groups. The event has generated more than $130,000 since 2003.

Funny Car drivers Ron Capps and Jack Beckman, as well as Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Scotty Pollacheck will return to participate in this year's event. While this is Pollacheck's second year participating in the event, his high-speed brethren, Capps and Beckman, have been regular Tour de Charity participants since its inception, and look forward to returning each year.

"It's a great event for charity and it's so much fun to interact directly with the fans" said Capps.  "This is all for charity but after lunch the competitive juices start to flow and that's what really makes this fun."

The cost of the event is $325 per person with only a limited number of slots still available. Participants will receive a full day go-kart rental, race suit, helmet, professional driving instruction, catered lunch, plus meet-and-greets and autographs with the NHRA racers.

The karting center provides the karts, race suits, classroom instruction and on-track pointers for all competitors. There will be giveaways during the day, and the top-10 qualifiers (race fans) will compete in a 10-lap timed race at the end of day for the NHRA Experience, which includes two tickets to the NHRA Sonoma Nationals (July 31-Aug.2). All karting levels are welcome.

To reserve your spot, visit http://sonoma.speedwaycharities.org/events/tour_de_charity/, click on the "Register Now" button and complete the online form.  For more information contact Cheri Plattner at (707) 933-3950 and [email protected]