Mention Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to anyone who has been to the famed Monterey circuit, and more often than not two words come to mind.
Year in and year out, the Corkscrew proves to be one of the most difficult corners in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. It’s one-of-a-kind in motorsports, and here is what makes the hard-left, hard-right combination so spectacular:
• At the apex to Turn 8 (the lefthander and entry to The Corkscrew), the elevation change is a 12 percent drop.
This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans will mark the 50th anniversary of Corvette’s first participation in the world’s most prestigious sports car race. Chevrolet will celebrate this motorsports milestone with a salute to the Corvette Legends of Le Mans at the American Le Mans Series Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 21-22.
May 12 is the date that recreational and racing cyclists will not only get to experience the thrill of riding Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, but will share the track with Rabobank’s Cycling Team’s 11-time Dutch national cycling champion Lars Boom and teammate Tom Leezer.
The 2010 season marks the 53rd year of motorsport at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Always a fan-favorite, the venue has a rich history of sports car competition dating back to its earliest days. So it’s no surprise that Patrón Highcroft Racing’s Marino Franchitti also has a soft spot for the picturesque circuit on the Monterey Peninsula.
Endurance is synonymous with sports car racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. It’s the ultimate test of both man and machine with both being pushed to their limits. The third round of the 2010 season is at the demanding Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which is even tougher when the race is six hours in length – taking competitors from daylight to dusk and then darkness.