Last season’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca may be traced back to where the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team drew first blood in the ultracompetitive GT Le Mans category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and international FIA World Endurance Championship. On September 21-24, the team returns to the Monterey Peninsula as conquering heroes.
Imagine filling up your car and changing all four tires in less than 25 seconds. That’s exactly what happens during a pit stop – and much more. With the format of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship events, a lot happens during a routine pit stop.
What To Watch For:
No one is allowed over the wall until the car comes to a full stop.
A tire mechanic connects an air hose to the car and pneumatic jack lifts the car.
A minimum of two drivers are required for every race, with up to three to five drivers used in the endurance races at Daytona International Speedway, Sebring International Raceway, Watkins Glen International and Road Atlanta.
During a driver change, a crewman is allowed over the wall to assist connecting the driver’s drink tube, radio, hoses and safety belts, along with the four crewmen allowed over the wall to work on the car. In addition to refueling and tire changes, crewmen routinely perform other work on the car, especially in the longer endurance races, including changing brake pads and rotors, wing adjustments, repairing damage resulting from contact and other mechanical work to the car.
A speed limit of 60 kilometers per hour is strictly enforced for cars driving in the pit lane. Anyone caught speeding will be black flagged and must serve a drive-through penalty down pit lane.
The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix featuring AMERICA’S TIRE 250 comes to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on September 21-24. Fans anxious to see great racing from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will be delighted by the prototypes and grand touring cars battling it out on the Corkscrew during the penultimate race of the season.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is once again honoring the men and women who serve or have served in the United States Armed Forces by hosting Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, September 23, during the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix featuring AMERICA’S TIRE 250 which takes place September 21-24.
In conjunction with the unveiling of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season schedule, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is proud to announce a three-year extension of its agreement with the premier North American sports car endurance racing series beginning next season.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was the centerpiece of the final day of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda and race fans at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca once again witnessed history in the making and a local team besting the competition to earn the top step of the victory podium.
Prototype/GT Le Mans
Ford broke through with a first-time win for the Ford GT at the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Sunday, but Ford wasn’t the car and the manufacturer most were expecting to own the day.
Ever overhear team members talking in their pits and wondering what language they’re speaking? Here’s a handy glossary from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship folks to help decipher motorsport talk.
Air Pressure – Measurement of a tire’s internal pressure.
Alternator – Device mounted on the front of an engine used to recharge a car’s battery while the engine is running.
The No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Honda HPD Ligier JS P2 with drivers John Pew and Oswaldo Negri, Jr., lead the field in both of Friday’s practice sessions for the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The quick lap of 1:19.028 minutes at an average speed of 101.949 mph took place in the late afternoon session on the 11-turn 2.238-mile road course.
Among the field of more than 100 drivers competing in this weekend’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, powered by Mazda, one in particular hopes to capitalize on his home field advantage. Nick Galante of the No. 57 Racers Edge Motorsports Mustang Boss 302R returns to his Monterey roots in his chase for victory.
North America’s premier sports car racing series, the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, is closing in on its return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for its second season of unparalleled action with the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda, May 1-3.
After a successful inaugural season the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship announced that it will return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next year for a May 1-3, 2015 race weekend.
“Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is one of the finest road tracks in the world,” says Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager. “A perfect venue for the return of the TUDOR Championship. Credit is truly due to the hard working volunteers who put on our events and the loyal fans who continue to support sports car racing in America.”
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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