Longtime raceway employee Cardinale dies

John Cardinale, a longtime employee of Sonoma Raceway who was

beloved for his tireless efforts to make the raceday experience

wonderful for anyone who ever visited, has died. He was 47.

Sonoma Raceway announced Friday that Cardinale, its vice

president of communications, had died a day earlier following a

two-year battle with gastric cancer. He died at home surrounded by

his family, the raceway said.

Steve Page, raceway president and general manager, said

Cardinale’s passing left ”a hole in the heart of this

organization.” Page also called Cardinale ”as true a friend, as

loyal a colleague, as devoted a husband and father and as fine a

human being as you could ever hope to know.”

Cardinale is survived by his wife, Andrea, and the couple’s two


Services were pending.