Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosts The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) for its 15th and final season of sports car racing.
ALMS is the Global Leader in Green Racing, its technology-intensive race cars showcase tomorrow’s automotive advancements as the Series encourages automotive manufacturers to test their latest technical innovations on the race track. Featuring multiple classes of high-tech sports cars competing together in each race, ALMS provides a dynamic that offers constant passing and on-track battles throughout.
There are three classes of high-tech, high-speed Le Mans prototypes (P1/P2/LMP) and two for GT cars (GT/GTC) from Acura, Porsche, Mazda, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ford, Dodge, BMW, Jaguar and Ferrari competing in a four-hour race taking competitors from daylight to dusk, pushing drivers’ and crews’ mental and physical abilities.
May 9-11, 2013
Advance purchase general admission: $60 for a two day pass. General admission and paddock is free for Children 12 and under with a paying adult. Hospitality packages range from $250-$495.
3:30-7:30 p.m., Saturday May 11
Mazda MX-5 Cup, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda and IMSA GT3 Challenge by Yokohama.
Parking and Gates:
Free parking available. VIP parking: $30.
Gates open at 7 a.m.
Sunday, May 12, 2013 – 1:00 p.m. PDT – ESPN2
Live Streaming: Saturday, May 11, 2013 – 3:15 p.m. PDT – ESPN3/XBOX LIVE
Live Qualifying: Friday, May 10, 2013 – 4:45 p.m. PDT – ESPN3/XBOX LIVE
Bio: Grew up and went to school in Pacific Grove and enjoyed attending events at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as a young man. I worked for the Santa Clara County Parks department before moving to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Hometown: Pacific Grove, CA
Favorite Racing Series: Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Favorite Racer: Mario Andretti
First Time You Realized You Like Racing: In 1974 I was selling tee shirts for Young Life at the track and I knew I was hooked.
Favorite Book: It is hard to pick just one.
The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on July 8-9, 2011 with the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival, powered by Mazda.
One of the most competitive professional road racing championships in North America, the series’ Daytona Prototype (DP) class has attracted the attention of superstar drivers and universally recognized teams, in the process revolutionizing sports car racing with close-fought battles at the front of the field and close finishes.
The 2011 season will be the fourth in GT for team owner/driver Patrick Dempsey with his Mazda RX-8 race car and team.
Feature Race: Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
Saturday, July 9, 2:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 9, 9:15 – 10:10 a.m. Mazda MX-5 Cup
Saturday, July 9, 10:45 – 1:15 p.m. Continental Tire Challenge
Saturday, July 9, 5:30 – 5:55 p.m. World Superkarts
Why Go?: The race is a battleground for the world’s top automobile manufacturers where high-performance, production-based cars go wheel-to-wheel for top honors. The lightning quick Daytona Prototypes race simultaneously, making the on-track racing one of the most thrilling of the season with non-stop passes.
The Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV features the world’s largest gathering of Porsche race cars and drivers. Sponsored by Porsche Cars North America, Rennsport Reunion IV brings together an unprecedented gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current race cars, as well those who have driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races.
Location: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Garage Gate
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Donation: $10 per rider
Details: SBRacing.org is a local race promotions and cycling team founded on the premise of developing young riders and introducing new riders to the healthy and fun lifestyle afforded by bicycling.