“Don’t try to cross the track. At least, you are exposing yourself to arrest. And you may be tempting a quick and painful and final end to your day’s spectating,” read an excerpt from the first program sold at the “Eighth Annual Pebble Beach Sports Car Road Races” November 1957. This first race nearly 60 years ago was the beginning of what is now called Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Reigning World SBK champion Jonathan Rea has excelled during pressure-packed situations on the race track. On Wednesday, July 5, he will be asked to perform under new circumstances when the rider of the Monster Energy Kawasaki stands on the pitcher’s mound in front of tens of thousands of fans at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum to deliver the ceremonial opening pitch before the Oakland Athletics host the Chicago White Sox in Major League Baseball competition.
The race that started it all was an upset of sorts. With big-name drivers like Carroll Shelby, Richie Ginther, Fred Knoop, Jim Hall and John von Neumann in the field driving more powerful machines from the likes of Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, Maserati and Porsche, few gave Pete Lovely and his year-old 2-liter Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa much of a chance.
There is so much to see and do when visiting Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, whether it’s making a quick overnight stop to see a race, or if you’re making a weekend of it and checking out all the cool attractions in the Monterey County area.
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