Racecar fans will have an opportunity to pilot their own cars around the Sonoma Raceway as the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities hosts the 5th annual Laps for Charity event Jan. 20.

The once-a-year-opportunity allows participants to take their vehicle for a few laps around the 12-turn road course. For $150, the unique experience includes a pre-lap classroom safety briefing with professional drivers, three lead-follow laps around the 2.52-mile circuit, a picture of your car on track, plus a “hot lap” in the instructor’s car.

All proceeds benefit kids in need through Sonoma County youth organizations. SCC, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, has distributed more than $6 million to Sonoma County youth groups since 2001.

A limited number of spots are now available between 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Jan. 20. Participants must be at least 18 years old; passengers are not permitted. All cars must have shoulder strap seat belt restraints, mufflers and pass a basic technical inspection. For more information or to register, visit www.speedwaycharities.org/events/sonoma/5th-annual-laps-for-charity/registration/ or contact Cheri Plattner at cplatter@SonomaRaceway.com.