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.
The full slate of racing activities that took place today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as part of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda, began at 8 a.m. and concluded 10 hours later with a history making run in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
A spectacular three-day crowd of 61,052 filled the hills and grandstands of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to witness some of the closest and most exciting motorcycle racing ever on the 11-turn 2.238-mile road course during the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round featuring the MotoAmerica Honda Superbike Showdown of California.
Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes took victory in WorldSBK Race 2, heading the Ducati duo of Davide Giugliano and Chaz Davies over the line in a race that would have been impossible to script.
Current Superbike World Championship point leader and reigning champion Jonathan Rea swapped the lead back and forth with Kawasaki Racing Team teammate and Superpole 1 winner Tom Sykes before taking over for good with five laps remaining for his first WorldSBK victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Rea beat his teammate to the finish line by 0.819-of-a-second. The victory came before thousands of enthusiastic fans who filled the paddock, hillsides and grandstands under sun-drenched California skies.
Legendary musician Nigel Olsson, a driving force behind the music of superstar entertainer Elton John since the 1970s, will be the driving force as a pace car driver for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion featuring BMW during its 100th anniversary.
In the largest celebration this year, outside of Munich, BMW will celebrate its illustrious racing history and 100th anniversary of its founding at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Aug. 18-21 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. As featured marque, visitors will be assured that the paddock will be bustling with the cars and people that have defined The Ultimate Driving Machine® for 10 decades.
The competitive racing world knows Joel Miller as the driver of the No. 70 Mazda Prototype in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. But outside the car, the 27-year-old Californian acts as the Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda driver coach and mentor, helping to train the series’ young drivers on what it takes to succeed on the Mazda Road to Indy and beyond.
MONTEREY, Calif. March 10, 2016 – The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season-opening event this weekend on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., elicits fond memories from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where some of the biggest names in open-wheel racing pulled into victory lane.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca annually hosted an Indy Car race from 1983 through 2004. It was under sanction of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) from 1983-2003 and Champ Car World Series in 2004. The great teams and drivers of the era all made their mark there during the 22 years the event was held in the rolling hills just east of Monterey Bay.
A spectacular array of the area’s finest custom cars, trucks, and motorcycles will be on display Oct. 8 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the sixth running of the Race ‘N’ Rod Nationals presented by Who’s Magic Solution™.
The Race ‘N’ Rod Nationals presented by Who’s Magic Solution will be an additional fan attraction during the Pirelli World Challenge sports car sprint races, Oct. 7-9 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The third and final day of the Pirelli World Challenge and Mazda Road to Indy had a little bit of everything: five races, great weather, great fans, intense sports car and open-wheel competition, spins, wins and 10 champions crowned. Here’s a recap of the racing and very special surprises and honors for military families.
It was a packed scheduled for Day 2 of the Pirelli World Challenge/Mazda Road to Indy weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Mazda Road to Indy kicked things off first thing in the morning with qualifying for the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires and Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires and then Race No. 1 of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda. The Pirelli World Challenge followed with qualifying for the four GT classes (GT/GTA/GT Cup/GTS) and the Race No. 1 for TC/TCA/TCB.
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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