Race fans, officials and competitors alike were met with a thick marine layer at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca each morning of the Mazda Road to Indy. But, once the sun shone through, the all Mazda-powered championship open-wheel and sports car competition hit the track and all were witness to some of the most memorable racing of the year. A total of 82 drivers and 19 countries were represented during 12 races over the weekend in what some referred to as “Mazdapalooza.”
President and CEO of Mazda North American Operations, Masahiro Moro, today waved the inaugural green flag for the Mazda MX-5 Cup Global Invitational. Eighteen drivers from eight countries took the historic race start on Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The 45-minute race had a familiar pole sitter, with current 2016 Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires points leader Nathanial Sparks leading the pack. Japanese racer Yuui Tsutsumi was the top international racer in qualifying, and began the race in fifth.
The MX-5 Cup race cars are the same ones that raced at Mazda Raceway just five months ago, but there are many new faces behind the wheel. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as a part of the Mazda Road to Indy season finale weekend, the inaugural MX-5 Cup Global Invitational will take place. Ten American Mazda racers will be going head-to-head with five European racers, and two each from Japan and Australia, all in identically prepared Mazda MX-5 Cup race cars.
Mazda Motorsports is involved in an array of racing categories, both open-wheel and sports cars. No matter the series, one of the key tenets for Mazda helping further the careers of drivers, engineers, mechanics and teams. That will be on full display this weekend as five different Mazda-powered categories will race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. More than 80 drivers from 19 countries will compete in 12 races Saturday and Sunday at the renowned 2.238-mile track.
A thrilling climax to the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season is in store this weekend, September 9-11, during the Soul Red Finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as no fewer than six championship aspirants – representing five different teams – battle it out for a Mazda Scholarship valued at $1M to ensure participation in at least three 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series events, including the 101st Indianapolis 500.
There are only five races left in the 2016 Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires season, and just two points separate Lites 1 leader Austin Versteeg from second place Clark Toppe.
Three of those races will take place Sept. 9-11 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. So it’s not a stretch to call this the most pivotal race weekend of the season for the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Official Development Series.
The season finale for the Mazda Road to Indy, the stepping stones that lead directly to the Indianapolis 500, comes to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Sept. 9-11 and the championship points battle in all three series won’t be decided until the last checkered flag waves.
Tens of thousands of visitors will soon make the annual pilgrimage to the Central Coast for the Monterey Classic Car Week to take part in what many consider to be the world’s premier motoring experience.
The activities begin Aug. 12 when more than 25 authentic and historic race cars drive from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Alvarado Street in downtown Monterey under escort from the California Highway Patrol for the seventh annual Monterey Race Car Show.
Mazda has announced details for the inaugural Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Invitational where racers from Europe, Asia and North America will compete against one another at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This event is a non-points, invitation-only race, outside of the U.S. only 2016 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The invitational races will be held September 9-11, 2016 as part of a Mazda-exclusive weekend that features both the Mazda Road to Indy and the Mazda Road to 24.
The competitive racing world knows Joel Miller as the driver of the No. 70 Mazda Prototype in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. But outside the car, the 27-year-old Californian acts as the Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda driver coach and mentor, helping to train the series’ young drivers on what it takes to succeed on the Mazda Road to Indy and beyond.
MONTEREY, Calif. March 10, 2016 – The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season-opening event this weekend on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., elicits fond memories from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where some of the biggest names in open-wheel racing pulled into victory lane.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca annually hosted an Indy Car race from 1983 through 2004. It was under sanction of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) from 1983-2003 and Champ Car World Series in 2004. The great teams and drivers of the era all made their mark there during the 22 years the event was held in the rolling hills just east of Monterey Bay.
The third and final day of the Pirelli World Challenge and Mazda Road to Indy had a little bit of everything: five races, great weather, great fans, intense sports car and open-wheel competition, spins, wins and 10 champions crowned. Here’s a recap of the racing and very special surprises and honors for military families.
It was a packed scheduled for Day 2 of the Pirelli World Challenge/Mazda Road to Indy weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Mazda Road to Indy kicked things off first thing in the morning with qualifying for the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires and Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires and then Race No. 1 of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda. The Pirelli World Challenge followed with qualifying for the four GT classes (GT/GTA/GT Cup/GTS) and the Race No. 1 for TC/TCA/TCB.
The Pirelli World Challenge/Mazda Road to Indy weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca officially got underway at the iconic 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course for practice, qualifying and even the first race. Qualifying and racing resumes today 8 a.m. and is nearly non-stop until the last checkered flag waves at 4:30 p.m.
There is so much to see and do when visiting Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, whether it’s making a quick overnight stop to see a race, or if you’re making a weekend of it and checking out all the cool attractions in the Monterey County area.
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