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La Gala Seca Community Dinner Celebrates Mazda Raceway Heritage

As part of the yearlong celebration of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s 60th anniversary, the La Gala Seca celebration was revived to gather enthusiasts from the racing and local communities to celebrate the occasion and raise funds for a worthy cause. Attendees dressed in black and white filled the hospitality pavilion at the iconic road course on the night of Saturday, May 20, of the inaugural Spring Classic vintage races to do both. 

A lively panel discussion moderated by Blackhawk Museum executive director Tim McGrane included special guests Dan Davis, publisher of Victory Lane Magazine; John Doonan, director of motorsports for Mazda North American Operations; Doug Fehan, leader of the Global Corvette GT Race Program; Ron Maydon, founder of Masters Historic Racing; and veteran racer John Morton. Many laughs were shared between shifting topics such as the storied history of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the state of motorsports.

The enchanted evening included a silent auction that served to benefit two nonprofits run by the Road Racing Drivers Club: the SAFE is Fast foundation and the Team USA scholarship. SAFE is Fast provides skills and guidance needed for young drivers to be both safe and successful on the track. The Team USA Foundation provides opportunities for American drivers in the early stages of their careers. In addition to the many items donated for auction was a painting by artist Bill Patterson that he created throughout the dinner and panel discussion. A total of $6,015 was raised.

“It was a wonderful evening full of great people and stories about our track,” said Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a place that will grab your heart and never give it back. It was lovely to revel in its 60 year history while being able to donate to two worthy causes in SAFE is Fast and the Team USA scholarship.”

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