By whatever means available, Porsche loyalists will find their way to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca October 14-16 for the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV. The event makes its first West Coast appearance and brings together some of Porsche’s most historic racing models as well as featuring the North American debut of the 2012 Porsche 911.
By the late 1950s it was obvious to Porsche that the 356, which was the company’s sole product line since 1948, needed to be updated. Replacing it was necessary, yet perilous. Who knew that the eventual replacement for the 356, the 911, would surpass its predecessor in sales, longevity and glory? Or that it would be so fanatically cherished by its owners that Porsche hasn’t been allowed to replace it. Or that the Company would be introducing its latest iteration all the way in 2011?
With more than 35,000 spectators on hand over three days enjoying autograph sessions with 50-plus legendary Porsche drivers, German music and food in the Biergarten, museum quality display cars and plenty of on-track Porsche action – Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV is in the books as the best ever on all accounts.
On Sunday, October 23, during the MotoGP race at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Italian rider Marco Simoncelli suffered a serious accident wherein he sustained critical injuries.
The race was stopped immediately with the red flag and Simoncelli was transported by ambulance to the circuit medical center where the medical staff worked to resuscitate him. Despite their efforts, Marco sadly succumbed to his injuries at 4:56 p.m. local time.
In an effort to continue to enhance its technology capabilities, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca recently began a collaboration with Recurrent Technologies of Santa Clara, CA. Recurrent Technologies now serves as the raceways’ Information Technology and Network Infrastructure Provider, supplying Mazda Raceway with a comprehensive network upgrade, converting a dated 10/100 network into a redundant gigabit Cisco Network capable of 10gig. With the assistance of their certified Cisco engineers, Recurrent was able to design and implement a fully redundant network with Cisco 6500, 3750 Seri
MONTEREY, Calif. (November 29, 2011) – It’s time to get revved up for the 2012 race season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Beginning Wednesday, December 7 motorsports enthusiasts may purchase tickets to all of the premier events on the 2012 calendar.
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.
Scott Shelton proved that persistence and practice makes perfect. Shelton will follow in the footsteps of Andrew Caddell, Brad Rampelberg, Justin Piscitell, and Nick Evans, the four previous Mazda shootout winners. He also joins the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Driver ladder program class of 2011. The MAZDASPEED ladder has been a critical part of the success of up-and-coming racers including Raphael Matos, John Edwards, Conor Daly, Joel Miller, Connor De Phillippi, Dane Cameron, Jason Saini, Todd Lamb, Eric Foss, Adam Christodoulou, Sage Karam, Spencer Pigot, and Felix Serralles.
Over the years, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and its Corkscrew have taken on an almost mythical status in the world of racing, despite the fact-or perhaps because of it-that the circuit wasn’t the creation of a famous designer like Hermann Tilke. Instead, the track was the brainchild of a humble Salinas architect named Wallace Holm and his Equipment Operator, Jerry Blair. Holm is no longer with us, but track’s PR manager, Jennifer Capasso, recently tracked down Blair and asked him to recall the process of creating a legend.