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.
Britain’s Chaz Davies continued his hot ways by grabbing pole position for Round 9 of the Superbike World Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Fans descended on the circuit to witness not only Davies’ first pole position in World Superbike, but also see the first-ever MotoAmerica champion crowned in Yamaha’s Joe Roberts.
Gates open at 7 a.m. for the full day of racing, paddock shows, stunt shows, autograph sessions and more for fans to experience the full power of world championship motorcycle racing. For ticket information, click HERE.
The early morning marine layer quickly gave way to bright sunshine on the surrounding hills and 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for a full day of Superbike World Championship Free Practice sessions 1 and 2. And at the end of the day, Aruba.IT Racing-Ducati SBK Team’s Chaz Davies sat atop with the fastest time of the day recorded in Free Practice 2.
Here is a full recap of Day 1 of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round.
More than 2,300 community volunteers are descending on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this week to help host the eni FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round July 17-19. The army of volunteers will put in more than 8,500 hours in exchange for donations to their clubs and charities.
An automobile museum that springs to life is one way to describe the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. It is an international gathering of rarely seen race cars that spans decades of racing history by returning them to the race track to compete as they once did. Entering its 38th year of vintage racing, the event is a cornerstone with the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance of the famed Monterey Classic Car Week that annually attracts thousands to the picturesque Monterey peninsula for events, auctions and a sundry of activities.
Suit up, strap in and tune in for the premiere airing of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion special at 8:30 a.m. PT on Saturday, Sept. 26 on FOX Sports 1. The one-hour program chronicles the people who race their extraordinary historic cars and provides a glimpse into Monterey’s world-famous Classic Car Week.
For four beautiful sun-drenched days visitors to the Monterey coastal community bore witness to one of the finest collections of historic race cars competing in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. A record 65,422 visitors entered iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to pay homage to motorsports history.
It was significant that Zak Brown’s Lola T332, in the hands of Richard Dean, won Sunday’s Formula 5000 race at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion: when the last professional Formula 5000 race was held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 40 years ago (October 12, 1975), it was won by Mario Andretti in the same car.
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.
The Pirelli World Challenge/Mazda Road to Indy weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca officially got underway at the iconic 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course for practice, qualifying and even the first race. Qualifying and racing resumes today 8 a.m. and is nearly non-stop until the last checkered flag waves at 4:30 p.m.
One of the high points of a weekend packed full of highlights during Porsche Rennsport Reunion V at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was Saturday afternoon’s Concours on Pit Lane where thousands of Porsche race fans and enthusiasts gathered on the pit lane after the day’s on-track activities concluded to take in the sights of the more than 100 Porsche race cars which lined up Le Mans style on the pit wall.
The lobby of the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey may be mistaken as a Porsche Museum as it has been transformed into a showcase of some of the rarest Porsche race cars from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
The transformation of the Portola, the location for the opening night gathering for Porsche Rennsport Reunion V, includes a large Porsche Racing mural outside and branded elevator doors inside as well as small touches like Porsche Rennsport pillows in the rooms and key cards adorned with the graphics of the event poster.
For the Porsche Rennsport Reunion V taking place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend, September 25-27, both the men and the machines they drove are expected to outdraw one of the largest crowds in track history – the last Rennsport Reunion held in 2011. Pre-event buzz from the passionate Porsche enthusiasts and collectors indicate that this iteration of Porsche Rennsport Reunion will outdo all others that came before. Another indication to the size and scope of the upcoming weekend: ticket sales are approximately thirty percent higher than four years ago.
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.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca offers some of the coolest apparel in all of motor racing, from wind-breakers and sweatshirts, to ball caps and jackets. Be sure to visit the track souvenir store and make your choice.
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