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.
The first major event on the international motorsports calendar will take place this weekend when GRAND-AM Road Racing rings in the new year with the “Roar Before the Rolex 24,” a three-day test featuring a star-studded lineup at Daytona International Speedway.
Picking up where he left off last year, Scott Pruett ran the fastest laps Friday at Daytona International Speedway to lead the opening day of the “Roar Before the Rolex 24″ in the car that dominated last year’s Daytona Prototype championship.
Ryan Dalziel won the 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona with Action Express Racing, and finished second with Peter Baron’s operation in the 2007 event. Sunday, Dalziel served notice that Baron’s Starworks Motorsport is a team to watch in the 49th running of the Rolex 24 later this month, unofficially breaking the Daytona International Speedway track record with a lap of 128.194 mph (1:39.973) in the No. 8 Corsa Car Care Ford/Riley.
For Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato, defending their hard-fought GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 GT Championship of 2010 is high on the priority list for the 2011 season.
MotoGP Rookie of the Year and Team Yamaha Factory MotoGP pilot Ben Spies is scheduled to make a special fan appearance at the Long Beach Progressive Insurance International Motorcycle Show next Friday, December 17.
Fresh off a spectacular first test session on the Factory Yamaha M1, Ben will be in the Yamaha booth from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday signing autographs and he’s anxious to see his Southern California friends and fans once again.
A diverse list of race groups for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion have been determined and entry request forms are now available online at www.MazdaRaceway.com. The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a cornerstone of the Monterey Classic Car Week held August 19-21, 2011 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
“We are keeping the event fresh with new race groups such as Can-Am,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “It was a free-wheeling era in motorsports when all the rules were pushed to the extreme.”
Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S. in conjunction with its performance line GYTR and Roland Sands Design proudly unveiled a specially crafted WR450F Supermoto bike for MotoGP Rookie of the year Ben Spies.
Former Yamaha AMA 250cc National Champion Roland Sands, world-renowned for his custom designed motorcycles, was commissioned by Spies to build a bike for “quick runs to the grocery store.” The bike features a host of genuine Yamaha GYTR accessories and a host of other high performance accessories.
One of the more popular community events held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is the monthly Twilight Cycling Ride, which gives rare access to the 2.238-mile undulating road course. This month, for a low entry fee of $10, cyclists of all ages can hit the track on Wednesday, February 16 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
No prior experience is necessary to ride and cyclists will have the opportunity to go where racing legends typically speed by. The Twilight is informal and helmets are required