The inaugural Blues & Brews featuring a number of area craft beer breweries will take over the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Marketplace from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 for a full evening of entertainment. This all-new event combines the legendary Laguna Seca Recreation Area with nationally known music performances, the area’s best breweries and delicious food experiences.
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.
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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.
As the GEICO U.S. Round drew to a close on Sunday afternoon at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, it was World Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) who took the victory, with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) also on the podium.
Motorcycle racing fans from around the world walked onto the 2.238-mile racing circuit last night in honor of the late Nicky Hayden, who won his first ever MotoGP race in 2005 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. More than 800 visitors joined together after the second day of racing and raised a total of $4,015. All proceeds go directly to the Nicky Hayden Memorial Fund that will benefit charities in Hayden’s hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky.
Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) made a statement of intent with the fastest time on day one of the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO U.S. Round, returning to action after his Misano injuries with a 1’23.425 time in Free Practice 1 to put him ahead of his rivals. Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) was second quickest thanks to a 1’23.436 lap in FP2, with Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) third on the combined timesheets – with his best time (1’23.778) coming in the afternoon session.
The Monterey Pre-Reunion brought over 300 vintage race cars with historical provenance to the grid of the iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on August 12-13 in a relaxed atmosphere that preludes the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion taking place on August 17-20.
For six decades the Monterey Peninsula has been the Mecca of sports car and motorcycle racing. Enjoy an excerpt and photographic journey through our history as part of our 60th anniversary celebration.
People flock to the scenic Monterey Peninsula from all over the world to see some of the most historically prominent automobiles in the world gathered for Monterey Classic Car Week. The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the only event during the week where vintage race cars do what they were originally designed to do – race!
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.
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.
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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