Nestled just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, Miller Motorsports Park played host to the 2010 Rolex Sports Car Series season-finale. For SpeedSource the race marked an important step in the company’s 15 year history through the claiming of the GT Team and Driver’s championships. Additionally, SpeedSource’s direct involvement in constructing the Mazda RX-8 helped bring Mazda its first Grand Touring Manufacturer Championship since 1991.
Moving into its first weekend day, the four-day Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion generated tens of thousands of spectators at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where 600 historic automobiles are racing just as they did “back in the day.” The action started this morning with the balance of 19 different competition groups completing their qualifying and segued into lunchtime parade laps, a picnic for the public with famed driver Dan Gurney, and a flyover by four Nanchang CJ-6A aircraft before the Star Spangled Banner signaled the official start of competition for today’s 10 scheduled groups, which
Ducati and Valentino Rossi have signed a two year agreement for the nine-times World Champion to race with the “Rossa” of Borgo Panigale in the Ducati Marlboro Team from 2011.
The arrival of Valentino in Ducati opens a new and exciting chapter in the Italian factory’s sporting history and, indeed, of the whole MotoGP Championship. The opportunity of lining-up such an extraordinary rider and character is considered by Ducati to be a huge value to the whole Ducati MotoGP project.
As the final day of racing action concluded at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, entrants representing 13 countries and competing in more than 600 historic cars gathered to celebrate their accomplishments at the Rolex Awards Ceremony at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Sunday afternoon’s awards ceremony was hosted by Mike Joy from SPEED and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s CEO/General Manager, Gill Campbell.
When it’s Classic Car Week in Monterey, automobile enthusiasts from around the world make California their destination. And while a plethora of swanky events-including Concours gatherings, rallies, auctions, and parties–vie for audience attention, it is only the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion that delivers the thrill of full-on racing, organizing 600 of the world’s most significant cars into 19 competition groups that recreate a timeline of historic automobile racing reaching back to the early 1900s.
Northern California has provided cooler-than-normal temperatures for the 2010 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which started yesterday and runs through Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, so fans have been thankful when morning mist has lifted, seemingly on cue, by noon each day to let the sun shine on more than 600 historic automobiles racing in 19 different competition groups. The event has now put two days of practice and qualifying behind it, and the races that count will kick off after lunchtime over each of the weekend days ahead.
Vintage Racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a celebrated yearly tradition on the automotive calendar that is a must-see for any car nut or motorsports enthusiast that can get to California in August. With the latest chapter of that tradition ready to unfold this weekend, Piloti has unveiled a new model to celebrate its involvement in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
“I remember the GTP cars of the 1980s,” said Dempsey. ‘It will be fantastic to drive the most powerful Mazda IMSA car built in that era and compare it to my current RX-8 race car.”
Dempsey’s current team, which competes in the Grand-Am Rolex Sport Car Series GT class, fields Mazda RX-8 sports cars. He drives when his filming schedule allows it and other drivers take his place when he can’t. The Mazda RX-792P will be joined by 23 other GTP cars in the FIA Mfg. Championship & IMSA GTP race group at the event.