Seeing a Porsche out front at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is nothing new. Klaus Graf set the fastest time in Thursday’s test session for the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patrón. He set his best lap of 1:15.444 in the Muscle Milk Team CytoSport Porsche RS Spyder, a car that has had tremendous success at the circuit on the Monterey Peninsula.
Guy Smith put Mazda power out front at its home track with the fastest time in Friday’s first official practice session for the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patrón. Dyson Racing’s English ace posted a best lap of 1:14.335 (108.385 mph) in the Lola-Mazda coupe that he will drive with Chris Dyson and Andy Meyrick.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced that the drivers from the American Le Mans Series, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship, the Patrón GT3 Challenge by Yokohama, USF2000, the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear and Playboy Mazda MX5 Cup teams will be on track – but on bicycles to kick-off American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patrón. The Twilight Ride will take place on Wednesday, May 19 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on the world-renowned circuit and fans are invited to join them.
The American Le Mans Series’ first six-hour race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will feature the most race cars for a Series event at the famed Monterey, Calif., venue in a decade. In addition to the nine races for the weekend, there is plenty of action to enjoy off track as well
To the international cast of rising open-wheel racing stars that comprise the grid of the 2010 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear, high-speed, wheel-to-wheel racing on a legendary 2.238-mile road course one weekend, followed by the ‘tempest in a teapot’ action of 100 laps on a 5/8ths mile oval the next weekend, is all part of their education.
It turns out that former Indy 500 Champion Danny Sullivan had more in common with the folks at MAZDASPEED than he knew. Sure, they both loved racing, especially at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Last year, however, they discovered that both are active animal advocates interested in the promotion of shelter adoptions.
Danny and his wife Brenda are active with the SPCA for Monterey County. The SPCA is located directly across the street from the main entrance to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
“Look out, Junior,” might be the call in the paddock during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion as a group of historic Stock Cars take the grid. For the first time in the event’s celebrated history, Stock Cars with drum brakes will be roaring through the corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca August 13-15.
Keeping to its edict of being a championship “For the Fans”, the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón will stream the full six-hour round of the 2010 season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. A worldwide audience can catch flag-to-flag action during the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patrón, set for 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, May 22.