An important part of a race weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is the operation of the Pace Car and Safety Vehicles. These vehicles are used to pace the races to the green flag, as well as to bring the race cars under control in the event of a full-course yellow flag. They are also used for demonstration laps for VIPs and special guests.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is the only race track to have its pace car program involved in every major event each year and throughout every aspect of the facility. Started in 2003 with the support of Mazda, the program has an impeccable safety record of more than 5,000 track laps without a single injury, accident or failed car part.
The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Pace and Safety Car program has has hosted a number of illustrious guest drivers such as Mario Andretti, Danny Sullivan and Nigel Olson, famed drummer for Elton John. The team has also welcomed some famous guests in the passenger seat including Brad Pitt, Patrick Dempsey, F1 Legend Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby, famed Mazda RX-8 designer Ikuo Maeda and Peter Birtwhistle Chief Designer of the Mazda MX-5, among others.
An automobile museum that springs to life is one way to describe the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. It is an international gathering of rarely seen race cars that spans decades of racing history by returning them to the race track to compete as they once did. Entering its 38th year of vintage racing, the event is a cornerstone with the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance of the famed Monterey Classic Car Week that annually attracts thousands to the picturesque Monterey peninsula for events, auctions and a sundry of activities.
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There are very few places where racing fans can go to witness the melodic sounds of Ferrari racing cars, such as the race-equipped F430 and F458, and the track-honed 599XX, FXX and Formula 1 at full throttle. This May, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will provide that rare experience for fans of the Italian coachbuilder and car lovers alike.
At 860 horsepower, the Ferrari FXX is a mean, yet sleek drivable race car that is capable of sprinting from 0-62 mph in just 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 249 mph.
The Ferrari F1 Clienti program is the pinnacle of recently-retired Ferrari Formula 1 cars. Here’s where the revs jump to ear-plugs-necessary levels. An F1 car can accelerate from 0-62 mph in under two seconds and decelerate even faster. Ferrari plans a full grid of these exceptional single-seat former F1 cars.
In GRAND-AM Road Racing, the Rolex Sports Car Series features Daytona Prototypes and production-based GT cars running simultaneously. The Daytona Prototype (DP) category has revolutionized sports car racing with ample battles at the front of the field and close finishes in practically every race. Like the DP class that has redefined prototype racing, the GT class has done the same for high-performance, production-based sports car racing.