New cable guardrails enhance sightlines at Sonoma Raceway.
Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif., was looking to enhance its sightlines for better race viewing. A guardrail was to be installed in two areas: a corporate hospitality area overlooking the track and another corporate hospitality section located alongside the track. Both locations were completed just prior to the 2015 Sprint NASCAR race, which took place in June.
The primary “driver” for this project was to create areas with high visibility while also ensuring the safety of race-goers. The VIP viewing platform, which is situated just above the main grandstand, was designed with vital sightlines in mind.
The 400-ft. lawn area, which is used for VIP sponsors’ tents and race-day parties, also required a railing system that would enable guests to enjoy the full Sonoma Raceway experience. The lawn location also needed to incorporate a safety barrier system to protect attendees from standing too close to the track. Finally, the design team wanted to incorporate building materials sourced from the region as a way to support local businesses.
According to Jere Starks, vice president of facilities and operations at Sonoma Raceway, Feeney’s CableRail was a top choice from the start. “While conducting our initial research on railing options, we discovered that Feeney’s CableRail catered to our needs for maximum viewing capabilities, while offering a stylish appearance that complemented the existing architecture,” says Starks.
The CableRail assemblies were paired with posts and top rails constructed from California redwood. Designers chose CableRail for its open design, durability, low maintenance, customer service and the company’s proximity to the raceway.