The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón (ALMS) today announced its association with the Unlimited Racing Championship (URC) as the new “Heritage Series” for the 2012 season and beyond. The URC will feature identically built NuArt CanAm cars reminiscent of the “glory days” of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am) from the 1960-70s.
Today’s announcement was made on the first practice day of the ModSpace American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patron, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Aston Martin Racing won its first overall race in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, and Dyson Racing and BMW Team RLL each clinched driver and team championships on Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Stefan Mucke, Adrian Fernandez and Harold Primat won the six-hour ModSpace American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patron in their Aston Martin-powered Lola coupe. The trio battled all day with Dyson Racing and Oryx Dyson Racing Lola-Mazdas, and Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing’s Lola-Aston Martin.
Anticipation for the first-ever West coast appearance of Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV October 14-16 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is running high. Complementing the more than 350 of the rarest Porsche race cars competing on the track will be an unprecedented field of 800-plus Porsches staged in the traditional car corral area. The demand is so swift and the support from the Porsche Club of America so positive that an additional parking area with limited space is being designated as another Porsche car corral.
Porsche loyalists will flock to the Monterey Peninsula October 14-16 when Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosts Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV.
Complementing the hundreds of historic Porsche race cars competing or on special display in the open paddock, are a number of fan activities that will appeal to the young and young-at-heart. One of the highlights will be a chance to visit with more than 50 legendary Porsche drivers who will be attending and signing autographs each of the three days. It will be a rare opportunity to mingle and hear stories of their competitive days.
It’s time again to take to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and experience the thrill of pedaling the world famous race track, including the challenging 300-foot climb and high speed descent down The Corkscrew and Rainey curve. The fun happens Wednesday, October 12 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., just prior to Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s official artist Bill Patterson gets to work on creating the award for Best in Show during the Concours on Pit Lane. The Concours attracted a large number of fans who were able to view many of the race cars in one location, while judges evaluated the cars.
It was an ideal ending to a very busy day, that concluded with an evening of live music and a special screening of the film classic, Le Mans in the Porsche Park in the Paddock.
For more information on Bill Patterson, check out www.billpatterson.com.
The Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV entry list for Groups 1 – 6 is now available. Check out the full entry list and see nearly every era of Porsche motorsports history. And not to be outdone, Groups 7 and 8 will also provide plenty of entertainment and Porsche pageantry from the Porsche Club of America.
There are thousands of race car drivers around the world. But there are far fewer who can be called Porsche Legends. At this weekend’s Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV more than 50 legendary Porsche drivers who took this fabled marque to victories at the world’s most demanding race tracks will be on hand to celebrate Porsche racing history, October 14-16 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Monterey Mayor Chuck Della Sala taps the ceremonial keg to open Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Invited guests included Detlev von Platen (president) and Bernd Harling of Porsche Cars North America, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s Dean Fewtrell and Gill Campbell and Rennsport Committee Chair Bruce Canepa.
Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV continues through Sunday, October 16.