“I remember the GTP cars of the 1980s,” said Dempsey. ‘It will be fantastic to drive the most powerful Mazda IMSA car built in that era and compare it to my current RX-8 race car.”
Dempsey’s current team, which competes in the Grand-Am Rolex Sport Car Series GT class, fields Mazda RX-8 sports cars. He drives when his filming schedule allows it and other drivers take his place when he can’t. The Mazda RX-792P will be joined by 23 other GTP cars in the FIA Mfg. Championship & IMSA GTP race group at the event.
Mazda is involved in so many major and grassroots road racing series in the country that it is not uncommon to have the Zoom-Zoom teams scattered far and wide on any given weekend. When multiple victories are scored on the same weekend it’s a big deal; it is especially sweet when those wins are from customer teams.
On August 13-15 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Edelbrock will be showcasing a collection of vehicles dedicated to over 72 years of American Performance. An “Evolution of Power” starts with Vic Edelbrock Sr.’s original 1932 Ford Roadster, the TLC show Rides ‘32 Roadster, the Hot Rod Magazine 1967 Chevy Camaro and the line of Edelbrock E-Force Supercharged vehicles. This timeless dedication to improving automotive performance will be showcased in the Power Alley in the Yamaha Marketplace.
The Webcor/Alto Velo Bicycle Racing Club will be hosting the Twilight Cycling ride at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Wednesday, August 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. This Twilight ride replaces the Twilight ride that was scheduled for August 10.
Sir Stirling Moss, OBE is traveling to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to race in his recently acquired 1961 Porsche RS 61 Sports Racing Spyder for the first time – a sister car to the one he raced in the Targa Florio. Sir Stirling’s return to racing after his serious fall down an elevator shaft in March is testament to his remarkable conditioning regimen. His return will be in race group 1A against an impressive list of Porsches, Listers, Lotus’ and Maseratis on August 13-15.
Over the years, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and its Corkscrew have taken on an almost mythical status in the world of racing, despite the fact-or perhaps because of it-that the circuit wasn’t the creation of a famous designer like Hermann Tilke. Instead, the track was the brainchild of a humble Salinas architect named Wallace Holm and his Equipment Operator, Jerry Blair. Holm is no longer with us, but track’s PR manager, Jennifer Capasso, recently tracked down Blair and asked him to recall the process of creating a legend.