Speeding away from cop cars would normally get you in a heap of trouble, but starting Wednesday night, Marin high schoolers will join students from throughout the Bay Area to do just that at Sonoma Raceway's Top the Cops program.
The event, now in its 20th season, is part of the raceway's Wednesday Night Drags program.
It's a rare chance for high school students to try to legally outrace police along the quarter-mile drag strip.
Both the students and police officers have practice runs starting at 4:30 p.m. Racing takes place between 5 and 10 p.m.
Participating law enforcement agencies include the Sonoma, Windsor, Novato, Fairfield, Fremont, Napa, and Sebastopol police departments, the California Highway Patrol and Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.
The fee is $15 for students with a school identification card and $10 for spectators.
Police will compete in their marked squad cars.
"Top The Cops" runs through August 14.
Here's more from RaceSonoma.com:
The program "offers an alternative to illegal street racing and gives teens the chance to race against law enforcement officers, who compete in full uniform in their official vehicles. The program also provides a unique environment for the officers to talk with teens about safe driving and the rules of the road.
The nine participating law enforcement agencies are:
- California Highway Patrol
- Fairfield Police Department
- Fremont Police Department
- Napa Police Department
- Novato Police Department
- Sebastopol Peace Officers Association
- Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department
- Sonoma Police Department
- Windsor Police Department
Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with racing spanning from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Cost is $15 for students (with high school ID card) and $10 for spectators. For more information about the Top the Cops or Wednesday Night Drags program, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit www.racesonoma.com/wnd.
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