In his return to the Pirelli World Challenge Series after having won the driver’s championship last year, Patrick Long clinched victory Saturday at at Miller Motorsports Park. Having won pole position, Long fell to second at the start, to the charging Cadillac of Johnny O’Connell. Long and O’Connell gapped the rest of the field for the first six laps before Long was able to pass the Cadillac into turn one, and once at the front of the race, checked out to win by 3.032 seconds over championship leader O’Connell.
Acting has opened a lot of doors for Patrick Dempsey, “Dr. McDreamy” of the ABC TV show Grey’s Anatomy and star of a number of motion pictures. But he has put in some long hours and plenty of hard work to turn the dream of being a professional race driver into reality.
This year’s American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón is the 14th race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. A number of drivers and teams seem to find Monterey as a home away from home given their amount of success at the 2.238-mile, 11-turn circuit.
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MotoGP™ championship leader Jorge Lorenzo was joined by reigning World Champion Casey Stoner, Nicky Hayden, Cal Crutchlow and CRT rider Randy de Puniet at the press conference marking the second MotoGP round at the Gran Premio bwin de España in Jerez.
Factory Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, who has enjoyed significant success at the Spanish track over the years, taking the last two wins here in the premier class, is confident ahead of Sunday’s race and is looking to extend his lead at the top of the standings.
Project Libra is pleased to announce it will enter a Radical SR9 in the American Le Mans Series’ next race, the American Le Mans Monterey Presented by Patrón, on May 10-12 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
Open-wheel standouts Andrew Prendeville and Rusty Mitchell (a graduate of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear) plus one other driver yet to be determined will drive the car, which will compete in the LMP2 class in the 6-hour endurance race.
After a dazzling start to the 2012 season under the floodlights of Qatar, the MotoGP paddock returns to Europe for the Gran Premio bwin de España at the Jerez circuit. Yamaha Factory Racing arrive in confident mood following an inspired start to the Championship from rider Jorge Lorenzo. The Mallorcan claimed an historic victory for the first ever 1000cc MotoGP race, also his first at Qatar in the premier class. The Andalucian circuit is a favourite for Lorenzo with two successive 250cc wins in 2006 and 2007 and two premier class victories in 2010 and 2011.
Some may only take steps to be green around Earth Day (April 22), but the American Le Mans Series is green year-round and it brings its unique, eco-conscious style of racing back to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca May 11-12.
As Ferraris challenge the race track May 18-20 for Ferrari Racing Days, owners of the prancing horse may take their place alongside them in the paddock with the new Ferrari Car Corral.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s Car Corral experience includes two three-day general admission and paddock tickets with open grandstand seating, two souvenir programs and exclusive premium parking in the paddock with other Ferraris, all for just $75.
“We are inviting Ferrari owners to join in on the fun of this exhilarating single marquee race series,” says Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “Ferrari enthusiasts will have their own spot in the paddock amidst the action of Ferrari Racing Days.”
The series allows owners and gentleman drivers seeking to sharpen their skills to compete against each other on some of the finest race tracks in the U.S. and Canada. The vehicles have the same overall appearance and engine as road-going Ferraris while utilizing track-oriented modifications and features.
Ferrari 458s will compete against their predecessor the F430s in the Ferrari Challenge. There will also be separate 599XX and FXX races. The highlight of the weekend might just be the F1 Clienti races, where the high pitch whine of these extraordinary machines reverberates through the race track and surrounding hillside. There is a nothing like the sound of an F1 tearing down the straightaway.