Conceived by entrepreneur Don Panoz and based on the format and
rules of the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, the American Le
Mans Series has become the world’s premier sports car series in
just 12 years.
What Makes it Unique?
The American Le Mans Series, like the 24 Hours of Le Mans, has
multiple classes of cars racing on the track at the same time,
making for exciting passing and confrontations throughout the
Each car has two drivers (three for the longer endurance races)
who can switch during the course of the race.
Neel Jani won his second straight pole position in the American
Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón on Friday with a lap
of1:13.429 (109.722 mph) in Rebellion Racing’s No. 12 Rebellion
Timepieces/Lemo Connectors/Speedy Garage Toyota-powered Lola
coupe. On his first ALMS trip to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Jani
went 0.377 seconds quicker in qualifying for Saturday’s American
Le Mans Monterey than Dyson Racing’s Guy Smith in the No. 16
Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Mazda-powered Lola.
Rebellion Racing turned the quickest lap in Thursday’s two-hour
test session at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in preparation for
Saturday’s American Le Mans Monterey, the third round of the 2013
American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.
It’s never too early to look at the championship picture in the
American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. Through two
rounds, all five classes have points battles that feature close
margins – razor-thin in most cases.
Next week’s American Le Mans Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna
Seca will go a long way toward further determining this year’s
championship contenders. Because of the extended duration of the
race on Saturday, May 11 – four hours – the contest features two
additional championship points per position. Here’s a quick
glance at the battles so far…
This past weekend, Sonoma’s Infineon Raceway staged the second
Ferrari Racing Days of the season, the first in North America,
providing the perfect backdrop to a special event that saw over
four hundred Ferrari owners take to the track. Providing further
excitement were the Ferrari Challenge races and sessions for
those entered in the F1 and XX programmes, who were able to drive
their own cars, under the guidance of engineers from the Corse
Clienti department and instructors, including the Scuderia’s Marc
Race fans eager to see FIM World Superbike return to the Monterey
Peninsula may purchase tickets beginning December 5 at 8 a.m. PT
online at MazdaRaceway.com or by calling
the ticket office at 800.327.7322.
World Superbike will be making its only U.S. appearance at Mazda
Raceway Laguna Seca September 27-29, 2013.
In GRAND-AM Road Racing, the Rolex Sports Car Series features
Daytona Prototypes and production-based GT cars running
simultaneously. The Daytona Prototype (DP) category has
revolutionized sports car racing with ample battles at the front
of the field and close finishes in practically every race. Like
the DP class that has redefined prototype racing, the GT class
has done the same for high-performance, production-based sports
Work starts in earnest this week for the owner of CJ Wilson
Racing as the Major League Baseball season gets underway after
six weeks of pre-season training. For All-Star pitcher, CJ
Wilson’s Austin based Grand Am Continental Tire Sports Car
Challenge team; Round 3 at Barber Motorsports Park offers the
chance of a fresh start and a genuine swing at the title next
With uniqueness and modernity at the forefront, the new United
SportsCar Racing platform was revealed (#TheReveal) today at
Sebring International Raceway, resulting from the merger of
GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by
An unprecedented gathering of Porsche historic and modern race
cars from around the world, and many of the famous drivers who
piloted them to victory, will descend on Mazda Raceway Laguna
Seca for three days of racing, story-telling and camaraderie at
the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV on October 14-16, 2011.
Held every three years, this is the first time Porsche Rennsport
Reunion has been held on the West Coast. Be sure to plan ahead,
as this will be Porsche paradise for enthusiasts.
MotoGP is the premier motorcycle racing world championship; an
18-race series visiting 14 countries, four continents and with
pan-global television coverage. Seven nationalities of the
world’s most skilled riders line a grid armed with cutting-edge
motorcycle technology with prototype machinery fielded by four
manufacturers: Ducati, Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki.
Dani Pedrosa clinched his maiden victory of this year’s MotoGP™
World Championship, winning the Gran Premio bwin de España on
Sunday, as teammate Marc Marquez spiced up proceedings by barging
past Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo for second place in
the final corner.
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.
The field for this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is
taking shape as 533 historic race cars have been initially
accepted for the August 16-18 event. The Governing Committee has
the option of accepting an additional 17 cars to complete the
grid for the annual race at Mazda Raceway Laquna Seca.
“What a joyous moment it is to get the notification that my car
and I have been accepted to the event,” said Pen Pendelton of Los
Angeles, Calif., who will be driving a 1961 Alsbury Special. “It
is really an honor to be a part of something so special.”
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.
There are numerous ways to get your brand noticed through a
marketing and advertising program with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,
either through a custom-built official partnership all the way up
to an event title sponsorship.