Today was the day everyone was waiting for, or at least the 30 or so thousand people flocking to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion were waiting for it: the chance to see 45 competition Shelby Cobras charging around California’s famously challenging 2.238-mile road course known as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Cobras are part of the Reunion’s celebration of the Shelby Cobra’s 50th Anniversary, and besides those signed up for racing, there were hundreds more in the paddock, surrounding corrals, and even in a museum-quality Heritage Display, not to mention those driving the s
It’s not every day that the chairman of an automobile company swaps his suit and tie for a Nomex driving suit and straps himself into a race car, but that’s Ludwig Willisch’s style. As head of BMW North America, Willisch will pilot a 1975 BMW 3.0 CSL at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 17-19 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Race fans eager to see FIM World Superbike return to the Monterey Peninsula may purchase tickets beginning December 5 at 8 a.m. PT online at MazdaRaceway.com or by calling the ticket office at 800.327.7322.
World Superbike will be making its only U.S. appearance at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca September 27-29, 2013.
With a merger of the two finest in sports car racing series on tap for 2014, their separate return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next year will surely be a treat for race fans. The American Le Mans Series will compete May 9-11 and GRAND-AM Road Racing will race September 7 and 8 with two competitive series, Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Challenge, within the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival, powered by Mazda event.