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Monterey County Hospitality Association Recommends ISC / SCRAMP Partnership

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 Monterey County Hospitality Association strongly recommends that the Board of Supervisors select International Speedway Corporation and Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (ISC/SCRAMP) to manage and operate [Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca] and related facilities,” stated Balestreri in the letter to Parker. “We believe their partnership combines a corporation with substantial resources and strong experience in facilities development and management with a well-established local partner that has significant event management experience. It is MCHA’s belief that this partnership offers the best opportunity to assure the long term success of the [Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca].”

The letter from the MCHA joins similar recommendations provided recently by Dorna (sanctioning body for Superbike World Championship), IMSA, Pirelli World Championship, the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and other motorsports industry-related entities and individuals touting the ISC / SCRAMP partnership as preferred to operate and manage Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the Laguna Seca Recreation Area. 

“Monterey County Hospitality Association’s endorsement of our partnership with the International Speedway Corporation speaks to their confidence in our new concession proposal to create a bright future for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the Laguna Seca Recreation Area,” said Michael Smith, Chair, SCRAMP Board of Governors. “SCRAMP has enjoyed a long-standing and successful relationship with MCHA and we look forward to continuing to work together in a new capacity to help drive tourism and economic development.”

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to announce its decision in early October 2016.

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