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.
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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.
For the fourth consecutive year, a panel of expert judges for the International Historic Motoring Awards has named the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion a finalist for the Motorsport Event of the Year. Last year, the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) was awarded the top honor for Porsche Rennsport Reunion V that was held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The four incredible and historic days in August that were the 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca have been produced into a one-hour show which will air in prime time Thurs., Sept. 22 on CBS Sports Network.
The one-hour broadcast is scheduled to begin 6 p.m. Pacific Time and will re-air Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. An event-record four-day total of 70,525 spectators joined in the incredible celebration of motorsports history at the raceway where so much of it has been made over the past 60 years.
Race fans, officials and competitors alike were met with a thick marine layer at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca each morning of the Mazda Road to Indy. But, once the sun shone through, the all Mazda-powered championship open-wheel and sports car competition hit the track and all were witness to some of the most memorable racing of the year. A total of 82 drivers and 19 countries were represented during 12 races over the weekend in what some referred to as “Mazdapalooza.”
President and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, Masahiro Moro, today waved the inaugural green flag for the Mazda MX-5 Cup Global Invitational. Eighteen drivers from eight countries took the historic race start on Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The 45-minute race had a familiar pole sitter, with current 2016 Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires points leader Nathanial Sparks leading the pack. Japanese racer Yuui Tsutsumi was the top international racer in qualifying, and began the race in fifth.
The MX-5 Cup race cars are the same ones that raced at Mazda Raceway just five months ago, but there are many new faces behind the wheel. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as a part of the Mazda Road to Indy season finale weekend, the inaugural MX-5 Cup Global Invitational will take place. Ten American Mazda racers will be going head-to-head with five European racers, and two each from Japan and Australia, all in identically prepared Mazda MX-5 Cup race cars.
The 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season finale last weekend provided sports car racing fans the opportunity to see some of the most exciting GT racing of the year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Pirelli World Challenge race stewards have penalized initial GT winner Johnny O’Connell of Flowery Branch, Ga., for an on-track infraction on the final lap of Sunday’s Round 20 GT/GTA/GT Cup season finale in the Pirelli World Challenge Championships presented by Nissan at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The final professional sports car race-weekend of 2016, the Pirelli World Challenge season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, added to the season’s Mazda race win and championship count. After two races each for Touring Cars (TC), Touring Car A (TCA) and Touring Car B (TCB), Mazdas scored a clean sweep of six race wins this weekend.
Johnny O’Connell, Martin Fuentes and Corey Fergus scored the poles for GT/GTA Round 20 and GT Cup Round 19 part of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Finale Weekend presented by Nissan at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The 45-minute segment was held under sunny, breezy 71-degree weather conditions.
GTA and GT Cup competitors took to the track first for their 20-minute session.
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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