Eleven IndyCar drivers completed a one-day test session at Sonoma Raceway on Thursday.
Participants included Team Penske's Helio Castroneves, Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan and this year's Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport. Power won last year's Sonoma race.
It marked the final test scheduled for the 12-turn, 2.38-mile course before race weekend. The Grand Prix of Sonoma is Aug. 24.
"Driving a Verizon IndyCar here is a rush. There's really no comparison to driving a stock car here," said Montoya, who won a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Sonoma in 2007.
Cal's Carmen Gutierrez Ballon and USC's Victoria Morgan advanced to Friday's 18-hole final of the 48th California Women's Amateur in Carmel. Gutierrez Ballon ousted Pleasanton's Alexandra Sborov 4 and 3 in the quarterfinals at Quail Lodge, then beat 17-year-old Sydney Babiak of Martinez 3 and 2.
In the Helen Lengfeld flight, Ty Akabane beat Hailey White 7 and 6 in the semifinals. Both teens are from Danville.
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron submitted Team New Zealand's entry to the America's Cup ahead of Saturday's deadline. The venue for the 35th regatta in 2017 has been narrowed to San Diego or Bermuda. The challenge was submitted to San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club, the Cup's official holders. Team New Zealand lost 9-8 to Oracle Team USA in last year's finals in San Francisco Bay. Other teams expected to enter are Britain's Ben Ainslie Racing, Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge, Sweden's Artemis Challenge and Team France.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.