The fourth annual Race ‘N’ Rod Nationals presented by Mothers, Saturday, September 8th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature a stunning colorful array of some of the most beautiful cars and trucks ever built and customized. The popular event will be held in the Yamaha Marketplace during the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival powered by Mazda September 7-9, 2012.
Participants may enter for a low $35 fee that includes two Saturday race day general admission tickets, a T-shirt, Poker Run, Mothers Goody Bag and an on-track parade lap.
Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies were the star guests this afternoon for the ‘First Ever’ International MotoXpo Show in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). The MotoGP riders arrived in Malaysia early for the second of the two Sepang tests to attend the event as guests of Hong Leong Yamaha Motor.
MONTEREY, Calif., February 23, 2012 – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kicks off its 55th season with the American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patrón, an exhilarating six hour endurance race, May 11-12.
Featuring multiple classes of high-tech sports cars competing together, the American Le Mans Series sees constant passing and on-track battles throughout each race. The six hour endurance race takes competitors from daylight, to dusk and into the darkness, pushing drivers’ and crews’ mental and physical abilities.
The 2011 American Le Mans Series Championship was secured, with one race to go, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last fall by Dyson Racing who won the LMP1 Drivers and Team Championships. At that same race Mazda won the Engine Manufacturer title and Dunlop the Tire Championship. Dyson Racing wrapped up the Michelin Green X Challenge championship for the year at the season-ending Petit Le Mans.
A notable new entry to the 2012 American Le Mans Series is Lotus Alex Job Racing. This is the first time a factory backed Lotus has participated in the Series and they couldn’t have chosen a better partner; Alex Job Racing is the longest competing and most successful team in the American Le Mans Series. IndyCar veteran Townsend Bell and ALMS Founders Cup winner Bill Sweedler are the team’s drivers.
The Mazda MX-5 Cup, Unlimited Racing Championship, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda, Cadillac Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama support races provide on-track activity throughout the weekend. Off-track offerings include driver autograph sessions, grid walk, race simulators, tech talks, and of course, plenty of food, beer, wine and Patrón.
Advance purchase general admission is $60 for a two day pass. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. There is free parking and VIP parking available for $30. Hospitality options start at $250 per person.
MONTEREY, Calif., February 27, 2012 – With a unique sound all their own, historic Ferraris and their modern-day relatives will take to the race track May 18-20 for Ferrari Racing Days.
“We had a tremendous response to this event last year,” says Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “Ferrari’s have such a loyal following and we had participants and spectators from around the world turn out to see these cars in their natural environment – the race track.”
From the 14-year-old who snuck into a Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) volunteer barbecue to the well-respected race car driver he is today, Townsend Bell, will be a welcome sight as he returns to his home track at the American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patrón May 11-12, 2012.
America’s Car Museum (ACM) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (MRLS) have entered into a reciprocal marketing agreement that provides advertising and display opportunities for the museum during events at the raceway in Monterey, Calif., with similar opportunities for MRLS at the new automotive museum opening in Tacoma, Wash. in June.
Under the five-year agreement, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will become the “Official Race Track of America’s Car Museum,” receiving advertising opportunities in museum publications and access to ACM’s Club Auto satellite facilities.
The Coalition of Monterey County Chambers of Commerce held a special reception February 16 to present Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with the 2012 Economic Leadership Award. The recognition was for Campbell’s dedicated leadership in economic development and contribution of substantial resources to chambers of commerce throughout the Monterey county region.
Following a successful 2011 season with ABC/ESPN which resulted in a double-digit increase in audience size, the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón today unveiled its full broadcast schedule for the 2012 season, highlighted by four live broadcasts, four ABC broadcasts and an entire season of lap-by-lap coverage online.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was among six local businesses honored by the Monterey County Business Council at its 16th Anniversary Gala held this past Saturday. The world renowned race track received an Economic Vitality Award in the tourism category for its ongoing work in attracting significant business revenue and worldwide media exposure to the Monterey Peninsula.
The Yamaha Factory Racing Team completed the first test of the 2012 season at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. Riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies spent the three track days working to develop the base set up of the 1000cc YZR-M1 ahead of the second Sepang test in one month’s time.