Bio: Born in Salinas. I just graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a major in Journalism with a Public Relations concentration. I have recently come off an internship with Cal Poly Athletics as a Marketing and Promotions intern.
College: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Favorite Racing Series: Rally America, Tudor United SportsCar Championship
Favorite Racer: Travis Pastrana, Ken Block, Jimmy Johnson.
Favorite Sport Activities: Football, Lacrosse
Bio: I worked in the banking industry for 10 years, and taught an adult education class on Banking Careers. I then decided to take a break for 15 years and raise my family. In 2000 I returned to work in the ticket department at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Hometown: Marina, Calif.
College: Monterey Peninsula College, University California Santa Cruz.
Favorite Sport Activities: Walking
Favorite movie: Phenomenon, Lonesome Dove
Favorite music: Pop, Country, Christian
Hobbies: Spending time with my family, painting, crafts.
Bio: After graduate school Derek worked with the City of Monterey’s Recreation and Community Services Department for eight years and following five years as Facilities Coordinator at the City of Monterey Sports Center he made the move to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Hometown: Concord, CA
College: Chico State
Favorite Racing Series: MotoGP and Indy Car
Favorite Racer: The Bandit
First Time You Realized You Like Racing: Watching figure 8 racing at a local dirt track growing up.
Favorite Book: Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
Bio: Born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. I just graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a major in English and minors in Sports Management and Education. I’ve had several jobs/internships in the sports industry ranging from soccer promotions, sports broadcasting, and game management.
Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
College: University of California, Santa Barbara (Go Gauchos!)
Favorite Racing Series: NASCAR, Formula 1, World Rally Championship, MotoGP
Favorite Racer: Adrian Fernandez, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Jack Sprague, Rick Mears
Bio: I recently graduated in 2011 with a Journalism Media Studies Bachelor’s degree and a minor in economics. I joined Kappa Alpha Theta in college and I am an active alumna member. I have worked in retail since I was 17 years old and interned for a television news station in San Diego, San Diego 6- The CW, as an Event Marketing Intern. Hometown: Salinas, California College: San Diego State University Favorite Racing Series: Porsche Rennsport Reunion
Bio: Joined Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in April 2011 from Ventana Inn & Spa where she was the Director of Sales & Marketing. Prior to Ventana, Johanna was the Marketing Director at the San Luis Obispo County Visitors & Conference Bureau. Other positions include Marketing Communications Manager (Sea Island Resorts), Senior Account Executive (Hunter Public Relations) and Sales/Public Relations Associate (Resort at Squaw Creek)
Hometown: Woodland, Calif.
College: California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
Favorite Racing Series: MotoGP
Bio: Joined Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in October 2009 from RWB Marketing & Communications where he was VP of new business, and corporate and product communications at Mitsubishi Motors North America. Prior to RWB, he was director of communications at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which was formerly a longtime client of his at his own agency, VL Communications Group. As president of VL, Toepke oversaw such clients as Automobili Lamborghini USA, Bonhams & Butterfields, and American Cancer Society, among many others.
Bio: Executive Assistant (2011-Present)
Hometown: Valley Springs, CA
College: California State University of Monterey Bay
Favorite Racing Series: American Le Mans
Favorite Sport Activities: Hockey
First Time You Realized You Like Racing: My first day out at Mazda Raceway when I could hear the Ferrari’s racing just outside my office.
Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby
Favorite movie: Hunger Games and Finding Nemo
Hobbies: Deep sea fishing, running, and photography… just to name a few
Home Town: Red Bluff, California
College: Monterey Peninsula College
Favorite Racing Series: MotoGP
Favorite Racer: Nicky Hayden
Favorite Sport Activities: Trail running
First time you know you liked racing: At age 8 my Dad built me an electric go-cart I’ve been fascinated with cars, motorcycles and racing every since.
Favorite Book: Blue Highways, William Least Heat Moon
Favorite Movie: Office space
Hobbies: Running, travel, riding motorcycles, SCRAMP
Something no one knows about you: I’m an open book!