A large contingent of Yamaha’s supported racers descended upon Yamaha Motor Corporation’s headquarters in Cypress, Calif. to recognized by Yamaha employees for their hard work and amazing accomplishments during the 2010 racing season, and to participate in Yamaha’s fourth annual Feed the Children Charity Day with the Star Touring and Riding Association.
Former Yamaha Racing executive and current president of Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Company in Newnan, Georgia, Mr. “Tony” Iio was celebrated in retirement yesterday at Yamaha’s corporate headquarters in Cypress, California.
In an age where aspiring race car drivers have to work harder than ever to find adequate financial support, Skip Barber Racing School has consistently provided scholarships over the years to assist young drivers in pursuing their dreams. In its 14th year, the Annual Skip Barber Karting Shootout is a four day event that allows young karters to strap into a Formula Skip Barber open wheel race car and compete for $200,000 in scholarships.
Former Yamaha worldwide President Mr. T. Kajikawa was presented a specially commissioned painting today to commemorate his years of service during a brief stop at the headquarters of Yamaha U.S. in Cypress California.
The special painting features Valentino Rossi at the top of the famous corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the inaugural MotoGP event at the facility in 2005.
I am very pleased to announce that Yamaha has won the 2010 MotoGP “Triple Crown” of Rider, Team and Manufacturer titles for the third year in a row, following our 2008 and 2009 Triple Crowns. As in years past, we feel that this great achievement was made possible by the strong support of Yamaha fans around the world and the corporate sponsors that have backed our teams. For this support, I would like to express our heartfelt appreciation.
The Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear today made the first in an upcoming series of major announcements with the release of the series’ 10-weekend, 11-race schedule (with one TBA) for the 2011 season; included are fiveIndyCar weekends, two with American Le Mans, one with USAC and one where Star Mazda will race a double-header as the co-feature. Rising racing stars from around the world will hone their driving skills at three road courses, four street circuits and three ovals.
Patrón Highcroft Racing’s remarkable back-to-back championship success in the American Le Mans Series has drawn praise from the Governor of Connecticut, M. Jodi Rell, key industry leaders, media experts, team partners and motorsport legends. Victory in the LMP2 class by David Brabham, Simon Pagenaud and Marino Franchitti clinched the LMP title for Highcroft at Saturday’s Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta.
The Global Tuner Grand Prix (GTGP) on October 22-24, 2010 is the only event of its kind in North America where both the best tuners and racers in the world will compete around this legendary circuit, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The GTGP is the season finale for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and features the Global Tuner Grand Prix, Challenge Race, Pirelli Drivers Cup and historic stock car races.
Here is a brief overview of each class competing in the GTGP:
The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 is returning to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on July 8-9, 2011, the raceway and GRAND-AM announced today.
“It is great to see the return of the Rolex Sports Car Series to the West Coast and particularly to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the home of sports car racing,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “These drivers put on one of the best shows, the racing is great and the drivers are very approachable.”
Aboard his Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R1, Josh Hayes claimed his first career AMA Superbike championship at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. on Sunday, Sept. 26. The championship is also the first for Yamaha in America’s premier road-racing class since Thomas Stevens took the crown in 1991. Meanwhile Team Graves YZF-R6 mounted Josh Herrin finished third in the AMA Daytona SportBike championship, while Austin Dehaven won the AMA SuperSport title on his R6.