Fifty-seven years ago this weekend the motor racing landscape forever changed. That’s when the first sports car race was held here at the new Laguna Seca Raceway.
The beginnings of now-named Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is traced back to the Pebble Beach Road Races that began in 1950. And by 1956, this popular race had swelled to more than 50,000 spectators crowding the tree-lined forest course. International driving stars regularly competed and the atmosphere was punctuated by both motorsport gear heads and an upscale social happening.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most recognizable road racing cars of the ‘60s – the Shelby GT350 Mustang – as the 2015 featured marque August 13-16, 2015 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Shelby GT350 Mustang came onto the scene just one year after the Ford Mustang debuted. Ford Motor Company, already having success with Carroll Shelby in the Cobra program, enlisted Shelby to make the new Mustang competitive. And together they did, winning three consecutive SCCA national championships in its maiden years.
What: Porsche Rennsport Reunion V will be the world’s greatest gathering of Porsche race cars and the drivers who drove them to victory. Hosted by Porsche Cars North America, it will showcase the widest variety of Porsche’s most historic racing models, from the nimble 550 Spyder of the mid-’50s through the mighty 917 and 956/962 of the ’70s and ’80s to the highly successful RS Spyder of the last decade.
Last held in 2011, Porsche Rennsport Reunion is nirvana for not only Porsche enthusiasts, but everyone interested in motorsports and automobile history. A special Porsche Concours will also be held that presents some of the finest road-going Porsches in one location.
What: The eni FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round features international riders, teams and manufacturers racing high-performance bikes very similar to the ones right off the showroom floor.
There is plenty of nail-biting racing to enjoy with two races during the weekend. This is the one chance to see these skilled riders, as it is the series’ only visit to the United States. Nearly 30 riders line up on the starting grid, making for an entertaining sprint toward the tight Turn 2 and continuous hard-fought battles for the lead throughout the course.
When: July 17-19, 2015
TV Times: Race will be broadcast on the beIN network.
Tickets: Tickets go on sale January 14, and may be previewed HERE.
What: One of North America’s finest, longest running auto racing series, the Pirelli World Challenge, will crown their 2015 champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, at its season finale.
The popular Series features more than 80 cars from more than 15 manufacturers including Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Lamborghini, Nissan, McLaren and Porsche that are battling wheel-to-wheel. The competition consists of six classes of vehicles: grand touring (GT); touring car (TC); grand touring sport (GTS); touring car B-spec (TCB), touring car A (TCA) and Porsche GT-Cup (GT-Cup).
When: September 11-13, 2015
Tickets: Tickets are on sale and may be previewed HERE.
Parking: Free parking available.
Gates: Open at 7 a.m.
TV Times: Broadcast channel/air dates and times TBA. Please check back for updated information.
Before filling up on all the delicious Thanksgiving Day dishes and settling in to watch the football games, entire families can participate in a little morning exercise at the second annual Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Turkey Trot to benefit the Food Bank for Monterey County. For only a $10 cash or check donation, visitors can enjoy a run, jog or walk on the 2.238-mile race circuit from 7 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 27.
The eni FIM Superbike World Championship returns to the famed Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on California’s scenic Central Coast for a third consecutive year July 17-19, 2015, and its only U.S. appearance.
“We continue to be pleased with the growth of the fan base for the Series,” says Gill Campbell, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/general manager. “With the continuation of GEICO as title sponsor, it seems clear that the U.S. motorcycle industry also sees this as an important event in which to reach out to their enthusiasts.”