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The rich and storied history of then-named Laguna Seca Raceway officially began November 9, 1957 with the inaugural race called the Eighth Annual Pebble Beach Road Races. This was a continuation of the racing through the forest at nearby Pebble Beach that began in 1950 and ended six years later.
The year-long 60th anniversary celebration of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kicks off with a new logo that bridges the past and present of the iconic circuit.
The new logo will be used throughout Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s diamond anniversary. It features elements of the original 1957 design such as the sports car and the Cypress tree landmark. The number 60 is inscribed on the race car, and the shape of the famed 11-turn raceway is incorporated prominently in the text.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced that the Monterey County Hospitality Association (MCHA) has recommended the partnership between International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) to earn the concession agreement for its management and that of the Laguna Seca Recreation Area.
The recommendation letter, signed by Theodore Balestreri II, Chair, MCHA, was sent Aug. 10 to the Honorable Jane Parker, Chair, Monterey County Board of Supervisors.
The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca were presented with a Business Excellence Award by the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce during the chamber’s 30th annual Business Excellence Awards ceremony July 21 at the Portola Inn & Spa in Monterey.
Renowned automotive fine artist Nicolas Hunziker and his team at Hunziker Design have designed an exclusive staff collection for the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca team that will be unveiled at this week’s Superbike World Championship race July 8-10. The grey and white staff shirts feature the iconic track outline in orange with the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca logo for easy identification and are custom-fitted for an overall tailored look.
The preliminary votes by the local community are tallied and the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has confirmed the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a finalist for the annual Business Excellence Award in the Art, Attractions, Entertainment, Event Services & Recreation category.
World Champion Peter Sagan (SVK) of Tinkoff has claimed his 15th all-time Amgen Tour of California stage win after a long and hilly ride northward on one of the most scenic and iconic stretches of California roadway, Highway 1, through Monterey County.
“It was hard, but good,” said Sagan, when asked about today’s stage. “I’m very happy for my other teammates, and I’m very happy to have won.”
The following is a statement from Michael Smith, president of the board of governors for the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), regarding a partnership between SCRAMP and International Speedway Corporation (ISC):
A madness similar to that which takes over university campuses and media worldwide every March has overtaken Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the same 31-day period. This madness, though, is of the two- and four-wheeled varieties instead of that of the round ball and oversized gym shorts.
The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), which built Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 1957 and has operated the world renowned facility on behalf of the County of Monterey since 1974, has completed a reorganization of its overall business structure through the creation of a board of governors.
The third annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca raised $3,075 and collected more than 200 pounds of canned and nonperishable food for the Food Bank for Monterey County.
The five-race major event season in 2015 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca contributed $62.1 million to the Monterey County economy through direct trip spending of non-County visitors and produced $5.2 million in state and local taxes, according to a research study commissioned by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) and completed by California State University Monterey Bay.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca celebrates 59 consecutive seasons of hosting world-class motorsports events in 2016 with an action-packed major events schedule showcasing national and world championship series’ of sports car, open wheel and motorcycle racing, as well as one of the most prestigious annual historic car racing events in the world.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has made a charitable donation of Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) monthly passes worth $43,700 to the Rancho Cielo Youth Campus in Salinas.
The 460 Monterey-Salinas Transit 31-Day Basic cards are each worth $95. The passes are the result of a previous decades-long partnership between Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and MST to provide transit services to alleviate highway traffic congestion on major event race days through the use of public transportation.
The major race season is about to rev up at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with the second annual Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda and featuring the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship May 1-3. Yet preceding all the on-track action are three community events that showcase the iconic Monterey circuit.
CEO and General Manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Gill Campbell has received the second of three prestigious honors for her work in the community and the impact that Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has throughout the Monterey Bay community.
On February 27 Campbell received the Businesswoman of the Year award from the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce at its 93rd annual awards luncheon. Attended by more than 550 area leaders, Campbell accepted the award on behalf of all the volunteers, board members and staff who “make me look good,” she said.
Officials from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Sports Car Club of America confirmed today the dates of the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs®, October 6-12, 2014.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will become the seventh track to host the National Championship event in the Runoffs’ 50-year history, and marks the return of the Runoffs to the West Coast for the first time since the now-closed Riverside International Raceway in 1968.
Kicking off the 2013 race season, Mazda North American Operations has delivered a fleet of 15 special liveried 2014 Mazda6 sedans, CX-5 sport utility vehicles and powerful MX-5 sports cars to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Since Mazda became title sponsor of the iconic motorsports and events facility in 2006, located in the destination-rich Monterey Peninsula, Mazda has had a prolific presence. The “Soul Red Metallic” vehicles are stylishly emblazoned with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca identification, which was designed by the Irvine, Calif.,-based Mazda design team.
In a desire to help raise the community’s spirits this holiday season, the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), operators of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, is again partnering with the Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula in hosting the annual holiday food and toy drive.
Mazda Raceway’s popular monthly twilight cycling rides allow cyclists of all ages and skills to experience the excitement of pedaling the challenging 11-turn, 2.238-mile race track. The ride is highlighted by the legendary Corkscrew that drops an equivalent of 5 1/2 stories through a series of turns.
When: 5 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14
Sponsored by Rabobank, the cost is just $10 per rider. And please note that helmets are required.
If plunging down a five and a half story drop on two wheels sounds like a good time, then you will want to attend one of the monthly Twilight Cycling rides, presented by Rabobank at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The family and enthusiast oriented Twilight Rides evenings are open to all levels of cyclists who are looking for a world-class challenge. No matter your ability, all riders can experience the thrill of being on the 11-turn, 2.238-mile world famous race track that is normally reserved for motorcycles and race cars.
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo delivered a signature scorching performance this afternoon to take his fourth consecutive Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca pole position start ahead of tomorrow’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.
LE MANS, FRANCE – Mazda Motorsports today announced that it will sell racing versions of its new SKYACTIV-D CLEAN DIESEL engines to teams competing in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class of racing’s greatest endurance challenge – the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Le Mans engine program will make its debut at the 2013 running of the race. Mazda was the first – and to this day, remains the only – Asian manufacturer to score an overall win at the race, in 1991.
The new Ferrari Corse Clienti racing season will get under way on 18 March at the Japanese circuit of Suzuka with the year’s first Ferrari Racing Days. This special event will not only host the inaugural round of the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific, but offer the Asian public the chance to see together on track the main non-competitive activities offered by the Maranello company, among them the exclusive XX and F1 Clienti programmes.
The Yamaha Factory Racing Team completed the first test of the 2012 season at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. Riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies spent the three track days working to develop the base set up of the 1000cc YZR-M1 ahead of the second Sepang test in one month’s time.
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