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.
The Rolex Sports Car Series is one of the most competitive professional road racing championship in North America. The series’ Daytona Prototype class has attracted the attention of superstar drivers and universally recognized teams, in the process revolutionizing sports car racing with close-fought battles at the front of the field and close finishes.
One stop that’s on each competitors “must drive” schedule in the American Le Mans Series is Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. For six demanding hours, drivers and crews will be put to the test on the 2.238-mile, 11-turn course that thrills drivers, but also demands their respect.
The race begins in bright sunshine, but darkens each passing hour to end in darkness. An explosion of fireworks greets the winning driver as the checkered flag waives them across the finish line.