During Classic Car Week, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is reserved for three days of historic automobile racing while the rest of California’s Monterey Peninsula hosts a cornucopia of indulgent events for car lovers of every kind. This morning, before practice got underway for 500 cars entered in weekend racing at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion, a magical thing happened in the soft sunshine at the track, and it drove home—no pun intended—the reason this world-class race circuit exists.
Make no mistake about it.After three days of competition at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion, there were awards to be won, but they were not necessarily bestowed upon the actual winners in 16 different classes that took to the straights, curves, hairpin turns and challenging drops of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.In fact, Rolex Awards of Excellence were awarded in each race category to individual drivers who were determined by an independent panel to be “most deserving,” and the event’s highest “Spirit of Monterey” honor, which is coupled with the awarding of a specially engraved 18k stain
For thousands of historic car racing fans at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion, Saturday was the day to snag an autograph from Sir Jackie Stewart, and, if particularly lucky, also catch a glimpse of other driving legends mingling with the crowds. Sir Jackie, the British former Formula 1 driver from Scotland who has won three World Championships, participated in the event as a Rolex Testimonee and special guest, while other motor sports luminaries came with no official agenda, just one of relishing the best moments that today’s activities at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca had to offer.
With Chevrolet’s Corvette as its honored marque this year, the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion is celebrating an American sports car legacy over three action-packed days that cap off the Monterey Peninsula’s annual Classic Car Week. A total of 45 Corvettes are racing among the Reunion’s 550 historic automobile entries, which are racing in 16 groups and representing nearly every era of sports car racing.In addition, the Corvette Heritage Display features a collection of the most important cars in Corvette’s evolution, starting with a 1954 car from the earliest “generation 1” and endi
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) and Cessna Aircraft Company announced an addition to their sponsorship by fielding a second Daytona Prototype (DP) in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday, Sept. 8.
With just two races separating eni FIM World Superbike’s return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, September 27-29, for its lone stop in the United States, Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia) is setting his sights on the German Round that will take place this weekend at the Nurburgring. The young Italian had a difficult time at Silverstone three weeks ago, after crashing out and hurting his right foot during the Saturday’s Tissot-Superpole.
To say it’s crowded at the top would be the understatement of the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season as all eyes set their sights on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, September 7-8. Ten drivers representing five teams are within five points of the Daytona Prototype lead, which is unprecedented in DP history.