Media Credential FAQs
Everything you need to know about getting media credentials for an event

On behalf of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, welcome to our world-renowned road racing facility. Our communications department is standing by to provide you with prompt, accurate and helpful assistance to make your job easier and your experience memorable.

To ensure a safe working environment, certain policies and guidelines have been established, which are discussed below. Individuals requesting a media credential must be currently working on assignment and fully complete the online application form.

How do I apply?

All requests must be made online. 

Who may apply for credentials?

Media credentials are only issued to journalists from legitimate and recognized news outlets. This includes: newspapers, magazine, news services, racing publications, television and radio. Spouses or significant others may not apply.

Internet-only sites will only be considered and approved if they regularly report on sports, motor racing or automotive-related news. Enthusiast and fan websites, or those that cover one team or driver, will not be approved for a media credential. Team credentials must be obtained from that team.

What do I need to submit with my request for consideration?

Credentials must be requested by the editor on company letterhead with his/her contact information, should verification be required. Previous proof of published racing coverage from within the past year may be requested.

What are some reasons for denying a request?

The request is incomplete, is not from an approved media outlet or too many individuals have applied from a single outlet. Requests will automatically be denied from individuals in marketing, public relations, sales, etc. Only working journalists are eligible for media credentials.

How do I obtain a photo credential?

Due to insurance requirements, photo credentials are extremely limited and only available to qualified photographers. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca does not issue photo credentials to freelance photographers or stock photo services that are unable to provide an affiliation to a credible and approved media outlet.

All photographers must attend a mandatory photographers meeting held inside the Media Center to receive numbered photo vests. Meetings are typically held each morning to review vantage points, safety rules, gate access and any event-related updates. Nobody is allowed entrance into the designated photo stations without an issued photo vest.

Are parking passes available?

If your media credential was approved, each media outlet will typically receive one parking pass. This is due to the limited onsite parking.

How and where do I obtain my credentials?

All media credentials must be individually obtained from the media registrar located at the Embassy Suites hotel in Seaside, unless otherwise indicated. Photo identification is required, and a liability and risk waiver must be signed before the credential is furnished. The Embassy Suites hotel is located approximately 10 miles from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Directions and hours will be provided upon acceptance.

Will I have access to the Media Center?

Media credentials allow access to the Media Center, which is the three-story building located in the paddock near the start/finish line. Seating and Internet access is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thank you for your interest in visiting Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and covering our events. Please contact Media@MazdaRaceway.com with any questions you may have or if we can be of further assistance.