Starting from pole for the fifth time in a row, Lorenzo lost ground to his rivals at the fearsome downhill turn one and was relegated to third first time around. For the first few laps there was little he could do except hang on behind Pedrosa and Stoner but on the sixth lap Stoner ran wide and Lorenzo stormed through to take second. By now Pedrosa was nearly a second clear but Lorenzo’s pace had begun to improve and he started to push as hard as he could and exert some pressure on his fellow Spaniard.
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.
The following statement is attributable to Ms. Gill Campbell, CEO/General Manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The 54-year old road course is the current site of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, featuring MotoGP World Championship, annually staging the World Championship class since 2005.
Beginning Wednesday, November 2 at 8 a.m. PT MotoGP fans can get their hands on tickets to next year’s Red Bull United States Grand Prix, which is returning to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca July 27-29, 2012. This will be the eighth consecutive year on the Monterey Peninsula for the popular and action-packed race.
MotoGP is the world’s premier motorcycling championship with 18 Grand Prix race weekends on three continents bringing an elite list of riders from every corner of the globe atop the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers such as Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Ducati.
The schedule for the 55th consecutive year of racing at world renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has been modified, moving the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival, powered by Mazda from a previously announced July date to its new date of September 7-9, 2012.
An infectious laugh nearly always preceded Dave Coffin’s entry into a room. And as the door opened into a bustling media center, heads almost always turned and serious faces melted to smiles to greet the prominent motorsports writer who had an uncanny knack of making friends wherever he went.
Born June 26, 1944, Mr. Coffin succumbed to cancer Friday, November 18, 2011.
Porsche Cars North America President Detlev von Platen has announced that Norbert Singer, the only Porsche race engineer who contributed to each one of the Company’s 16 overall Le Mans victories, has been named a Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV Grand Marshal for the October 14 – 16 event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
MONTEREY, Calif. (Nov. 30, 2011) – There is still time to donate. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is hosting a Toy Drive to benefit the Monterey Peninsula Salvation Army and as an extra incentive, all donors who bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child up to the age of 12 will receive a free ticket to the Sunday of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 19, 2012.
The Toy Drive ends December 6, 2011. Donors can bring their unwrapped toys to the Souvenir Store, which is located in the paddock, next to the Skip Barber Racing School or to the SCRAMP administrative offices.