Northern California has provided cooler-than-normal temperatures for the 2010 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which started yesterday and runs through Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, so fans have been thankful when morning mist has lifted, seemingly on cue, by noon each day to let the sun shine on more than 600 historic automobiles racing in 19 different competition groups. The event has now put two days of practice and qualifying behind it, and the races that count will kick off after lunchtime over each of the weekend days ahead.
When it’s Classic Car Week in Monterey, automobile enthusiasts from around the world make California their destination. And while a plethora of swanky events-including Concours gatherings, rallies, auctions, and parties–vie for audience attention, it is only the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion that delivers the thrill of full-on racing, organizing 600 of the world’s most significant cars into 19 competition groups that recreate a timeline of historic automobile racing reaching back to the early 1900s.
Motorsports enthusiasts have been descending on the Monterey, California peninsula each August to enjoy the world’s finest pre- and post-war race cars competing as they were originally intended on the challenging road course. The Pre-Reunion is the first event during classic car week and the two-day race kicked off the week in style and at speed. 312 beautifully prepared vintage race cars in ten race groups took on the 2.238 mile, 11 turn circuit at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Pre-Reunion.
Vintage Racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a celebrated yearly tradition on the automotive calendar that is a must-see for any car nut or motorsports enthusiast that can get to California in August. With the latest chapter of that tradition ready to unfold this weekend, Piloti has unveiled a new model to celebrate its involvement in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
“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.
When the dust cleared it was Martin Cardenas and his M4 Monster Energy Suzuki that rode to his sixth and maybe best win of the 2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike by AMSOIL season. Certainly for Cardenas, winning today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca had special meaning but it is the way that he won that also made for another thrilling day of racing in this competitive series.
TV broadcast will be late tonight (Sunday) at 12 a.m. midnight ET (9 p.m. PT) on SPEED –
Some of the most remarkable and historically-significant race cars ever associated with Dan Gurney will come together for the first time as the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion honors one of the true legends of motorsports – Dan Gurney. The feature entitled: Dan Gurney, the Cars He Built, the Cars He Drove celebrates his impacting role in shaping motorsports history. The celebration will be held August 13-15 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
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.
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.