Tight competition among a variety of American and international manufacturers has become a trademark of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series’ GT class, a fast-paced fact underscored by last Saturday’s Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park.
When the two-hour, 45-minute battle was complete in the second race of the season, three different manufacturers were represented on the GT podium. Five manufacturers – Mazda, Audi, Porsche, BMW and Chevrolet – shared the top six positions. The Barber field overall featured seven manufacturers with eight different models.
With a dramatic swoop of the cloth shielding the painting from view, the official poster art of the 2012 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion was unveiled today at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/general manager Gill Campbell and the race track’s official artist, Bill Patterson, were on hand for the reveal which took place in front a crowd of race enthusiasts and motorsports journalists.
Shelby Cobra is this year’s featured marque and is a name that evokes images of muscle, brute power and American ingenuity. This year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-19 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, is expected to be the largest 50th anniversary celebration of the esteemed marque.
“The Cobra represents more than a car. It represents an era, the best of American can-do ingenuity and bench top engineering. It’s the perfect marriage of brawn and brains and an unapologetic demand to win,” said Bill Patterson. “It launched a copy cat war that continues unabated 50 years on, and inspires a generation of enthusiasts and artists, including this one.”
This year’s poster captures the Shelby Cobra as it crests The Corkscrew, the signature turn of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and site of many breathtaking racing moments. The artwork will be featured on the souvenir magazine and limited-edition posters that will be sold exclusively through the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca souvenir store.
A highlight of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which will include 550 of the finest authentic, period-correct, sports cars in the world in 17 race groups, is bound to be the dedicated race of 45 authentic Shelby 289 and 427 Cobras. Their thunderous engines will surely turn heads as the green flag waves and they power past the start line.
In addition to the bustling race paddock filled with pre- and post-war cars, visitors can stroll among hundreds of classics in the Yamaha Marketplace and adjacent car corrals. While Shelby Cobras will be taking center stage in the race paddock and car corral (they are, after all, the most replicated cars of all time), there will be car corrals for nearly every marque, including Mustang, Alfa Romeo, Corvette, Porsche, Ferrari, Mazda, Pantera and many more.
Advance purchase general admission tickets start at $50 with a three day pass for $130. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Hospitality options start at $200 per person. Free parking is available and VIP parking can be purchased for $75.
This past weekend, Sonoma’s Infineon Raceway staged the second Ferrari Racing Days of the season, the first in North America, providing the perfect backdrop to a special event that saw over four hundred Ferrari owners take to the track. Providing further excitement were the Ferrari Challenge races and sessions for those entered in the F1 and XX programmes, who were able to drive their own cars, under the guidance of engineers from the Corse Clienti department and instructors, including the Scuderia’s Marc Gene.
The American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patrón is providing an opportunity for VW car owners/clubs to unite and join in on the fun and racing action May 11-12.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s VW Car Corral experience includes a two-day general admission and paddock ticket with open grandstand seating, one souvenir program and preferred parking with other VWs, all for just $90.
“We’ve put this offer together so VW enthusiasts can enjoy a VIP experience as part of our world-class event,” says Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Acting has opened a lot of doors for Patrick Dempsey, “Dr. McDreamy” of the ABC TV show Grey’s Anatomy and star of a number of motion pictures. But he has put in some long hours and plenty of hard work to turn the dream of being a professional race driver into reality.
This year’s American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón is the 14th race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. A number of drivers and teams seem to find Monterey as a home away from home given their amount of success at the 2.238-mile, 11-turn circuit.
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