An important part of a race weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is the operation of the Pace Car and Safety Vehicles. These vehicles are used to pace the races to the green flag, as well as to bring the race cars under control in the event of a full-course yellow flag. They are also used for demonstration laps for VIPs and special guests.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is the only race track to have its pace car program involved in every major event each year and throughout every aspect of the facility. Started in 2003 with the support of Mazda, the program has an impeccable safety record of more than 5,000 track laps without a single injury, accident or failed car part.
The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Pace and Safety Car program has has hosted a number of illustrious guest drivers such as Mario Andretti, Danny Sullivan and Nigel Olson, famed drummer for Elton John. The team has also welcomed some famous guests in the passenger seat including Brad Pitt, Patrick Dempsey, F1 Legend Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby, famed Mazda RX-8 designer Ikuo Maeda and Peter Birtwhistle Chief Designer of the Mazda MX-5, among others.