Following a successful 2011 season with ABC/ESPN which resulted in a double-digit increase in audience size, the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón today unveiled its full broadcast schedule for the 2012 season, highlighted by four live broadcasts, four ABC broadcasts and an entire season of lap-by-lap coverage online.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was among six local businesses honored by the Monterey County Business Council at its 16th Anniversary Gala held this past Saturday. The world renowned race track received an Economic Vitality Award in the tourism category for its ongoing work in attracting significant business revenue and worldwide media exposure to the Monterey Peninsula.
The Yamaha Factory Racing Team completed the first test of the 2012 season at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. Riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies spent the three track days working to develop the base set up of the 1000cc YZR-M1 ahead of the second Sepang test in one month’s time.
The distinctive pitch of Ferrari V12 engines will be reverberating through the hills of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca May 20-22 for Ferrari Racing Days. The three-day event features some of the rarest and most sought-after models ever constructed by the Italian automaker.
From historic Grand Prix race cars and the rare 860-horsepower FXX supercars to 458 Challenge and near modern-day Formula One cars that rev as high as 17,000 rpm, the weekend will be an automobile enthusiasts’ delight to see the renowned cars that made Ferrari one of world’s most iconic companies.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s popular monthly bicycle rides that are enjoyed by hundreds of local riders each month return in 2012 with the added pedal power of Rabobank, which becomes the presenting sponsor.
“Rabobank invests in cycling throughout the world,” says Harry Wardwell, regional president of Rabobank. “Our investment is not limited to sponsoring professionals, like our Rabobank Pro team, but also supporting recreational cycling in its broadest sense.”
For nearly two decades the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) has offered special services for its disabled spectators designed for ease of accessibility. For these efforts the Monterey County Commission on Disabilities recently awarded the organization special recognition.
The collection of more than 550 historic vehicles gathered in the race paddock will be complemented by the broadest range of activities ever experienced in the Yamaha Marketplace at the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Aug. 19-21.
Today, Porsche Cars North America took the veils off of the official Rennsport Reunion IV artwork that will symbolize the world’s greatest gathering of historic and contemporary Porsche race cars and their drivers October 14 to 16, 2011.
Because this year’s event will feature as a special highlight the decades-long success story of the 911 race cars the poster depicts two of the most exciting protagonists, the 1981 factory 935 long tail in Martini colors and Al Holbert’s 911 RSR from 1974.
An unprecedented gathering of Porsche historic and modern race cars from around the world, and many of the famous drivers who piloted them to victory, will descend on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for three days of racing, story-telling and camaraderie at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV on October 14-16, 2011.
Sponsored by Porsche Cars North America, the weekend will be punctuated by on-track racing, an open paddock for visitors to get up close to the cars and talk to their owners, and a variety of other activities that celebrate the legendary history of Porsche.