Together. Again. Alex Gurney edged Scott Pruett for the fastest lap with minutes remaining in Friday’s second practice for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Powered by Mazda at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The two finished a fraction of a second apart – Gurney winning – in last year’s Daytona Prototype event at the 2.238-mile, 11-turn circuit.
After a wild two-and-a-half hours of GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge action at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday, co-drivers John Edwards and Matt Bell found themselves soaked in victory champagne for the second straight year, while Derek Whitis and Tom Long earned another Street Tuner victory at the storied road course for Freedom Autosport.
For Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato, the GRAND-AM Rolex Series Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Powered by Mazda was a battle that enabled them to win the season-long war for the Rolex Series GT championship.
For Richard Westbrook and Antonio Garcia, Sunday’s race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca represented their Rolex Series-leading third Daytona Prototype victory of the season. And for Dane Cameron and Wayne Nonnamaker, the race allowed them to score a popular breakthrough GT race victory.
Next year’s race schedule for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is shaping up to be the best season ever for motorcycle race fans with organizers announcing today that the eni FIM Superbike World Championship will be joining the MotoGP World Championship on the 2013 calendar. World Superbike will take place September 27-29, 2013 and is the series’ only U.S. appearance.
The MotoGP™ World Championship will make its ninth consecutive appearance at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix July 19-21, 2013. The current agreement calls for the MotoGP World Championship series to continue at the highly acclaimed circuit through at least 2014.
At this weekend’s Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera de Rimini in Misano it was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo who charged to a dominant victory in a dramatic race ahead of Valentino Rossi and Álvaro Bautista.