The Sports Car Club of America has announced the host sites of the next three SCCA® National Championship Runoffs®, including the first visit for amateur road racing’s top event to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014. Daytona International Speedway, in 2015, and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in 2016, will also hold events over the next three years.
The return to the west coast and Monterey’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca comes 50 years after the inaugural event at Riverside in 1964. The event alternated between Riverside and Daytona for six years.
Statement from Gill Campbell, CEO/General Manager, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on the passing of Henny Ray Abrams:
The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca family was deeply saddened to hear today of the passing of Henny Ray Abrams and we send our love, support and prayers to staff of Cycle News, his family and friends at this difficult time. He had become a personal friend as well as a welcome fixture in our media center. Henny will never be forgotten for many, many reasons and for all the ways that he affected our lives.
Yamaha Motor Company, LTD is the world’s largest piano maker and in 1955, then Yamaha CEO Genichi Kawakami, took Yamaha into the field of motorized vehicles.
The company’s intensive research into metal alloys for use in acoustic pianos had given Yamaha wide knowledge of the making of lightweight, yet sturdy and reliable metal constructions. This knowledge was easily applied to the making of metal frames and motor parts for motorcycles. The Yamaha corporate logo is composed of three tuning forks placed on top of each other in a triangular pattern.
On any given weekend, there are more Mazdas on the road-race tracks of America than any other brand of vehicle. At the track, you’ll see MX-5 Miata, RX-8, MAZDA3, MAZDA6, RX-7 and other vintage Mazda models competing, because every Mazda has the soul of a Sports Car.
In fact, the largest road-racing class in the U.S. is the SCCA’s Spec Miata class, with more than 2,500 first- and second-generation Miatas tearing up America’s race tracks, making it the most-raced production car in the world.