The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón’s first six-hour race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will feature the biggest grid for a Series event at the famed Monterey, Calif., venue in a decade and one of the largest for any professional championship at the circuit. It marks the third consecutive race that the Series has seen significant entry increases over the previous year.
American Le Mans Series Monterey Presented by Patrón
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA
May 20 -23, 2010
Entry List as of 04/26/2010
Patrón Highcroft Racing Patrón/ GE/ Forbes/ Michelin/
David Brabham / Henley-on-Thames, UK
Simon Pagenaud / Indianapolis, IN
Marino Franchitti / Edinburgh, Scotland
The 2010 season marks the 53rd year of motorsport at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Always a fan-favorite, the venue has a rich history of sports car competition dating back to its earliest days. So it’s no surprise that Patrón Highcroft Racing’s Marino Franchitti also has a soft spot for the picturesque circuit on the Monterey Peninsula.
Endurance is synonymous with sports car racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. It’s the ultimate test of both man and machine with both being pushed to their limits. The third round of the 2010 season is at the demanding Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which is even tougher when the race is six hours in length – taking competitors from daylight to dusk and then darkness.
Highcroft Racing returns to a happy hunting ground at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – bringing back happy memories of clinching its 2009 American Le Mans Series championship.
And while the team is keen on repeating its title win in 2010, the Duncan Dayton-led squad has one eye on its next event – Highcroft’s debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
With Simon Pagenaud aboard a Peugeot in the French endurance classic this year, Highcroft recently secured three-time race winner Marco Werner to join Marino Franchitti and last year’s victor David Brabham.
New for 2010 is a seasonal club membership open to all kids 12 years of age and younger – The Corkscrew Kids Club.
The $20 member ship includes free admission to all Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca events and many other benefits. A free child’s admission pass to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, National Steinbeck Center Kid’s Club Pass and the MY Museum are some of the perks of the membership.
All Corkscrew Kids Club members receive a free Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca lunch bag, a special edition birthday card and many more exciting activities throughout the race season.
Spectators visiting Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this year will be greeted by an impressive three-sided video display and scoring tower system from Daktronics. This state-of-the-art system features the latest in LED video technology and the capability to engage racing fans with live and recorded video images, integrated real-time race information, colorful animations and vivid graphics.
Skip Barber Racing School will head west to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this December for the 14th edition of its annual Karting Scholarship Shoot-out. The event, the largest and single most important event for karters transitioning to race cars, is scheduled for Friday, December 3rd through Monday, December 6th at the Salinas, Calif. facility.
Close to 800,000 people stop by an ARCO station every day. The fuel stops will be quicker on the streets of the Long Beach Grand Prix April 17 and at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca May 23rd. BP’s prominent west coast brand, ARCO, will be sponsoring the #16 Mazda Lola coupe of Dyson Racing for the second and third rounds of the 2010 American Le Mans Series. This is a continuation of a partnership started last year when ARCO branded a Dyson Racing Mazda Lola entry at the then season-ending race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is looking for a group of talented entertainers with an combination of dance and musical skills to perform at the world-renowned race track as part of the pre-race entertainment for the 2010 season. It is the perfect opportunity for performers who like being in front of thousands of people, screeching jets and revving engines.