|Sonoma Raceway’s Cardinale dies at 47
John Cardinale, a longtime employee of Sonoma Raceway who was beloved for his tireless efforts to make the race day experience wonderful for anyone who ever visited, died at the age of 47 on March 21.
Cardinale served as the raceway’s vice president of communications. Cardinale had been battling gastric cancer for two years and was surrounded by his family when he passed, the raceway said.
Earlier this year, Cardinale led the second annual John’s March Against Stomach Cancer at the raceway. This unique fundraiser was a chance to help raise funds for No Stomach for Cancer (www.nostomachforcancer.org) and enjoy a symbolic “march” around the raceway’s 12-turn, 2-52-mile road course.
“We are all so fortunate to have had John in our lives and to have shared in his intelligence, his wit, his integrity and his brave spirit, said Steve Page, general manager of Sonoma Raceway.
He 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 daughters.
For those who would like to make a donation in John’s honor, a memorial fund has been set up on behalf of his family. Donations may be sent to the John Cardinale Memorial Fund, care of Sonoma Raceway, 29355 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476.