Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
New Event Renews Tradition, With Only West Coast Visit For Series
The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 is returning to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on July 8-9, 2011, the raceway and GRAND-AM announced today.
“It is great to see the return of the Rolex Sports Car Series to the West Coast and particularly to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the home of sports car racing,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “These drivers put on one of the best shows, the racing is great and the drivers are very approachable.”
“Our drivers and teams are looking forward to coming back to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,” said Tom Bledsoe, president of GRAND-AM. “This prestigious road racing circuit joins other great race tracks such as Daytona International Speedway, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Road America and Watkins Glen on the 2011 schedule.”
The Rolex Sports Car Series is one of the most competitive professional road racing championship in North America. The series’ Daytona Prototype class has attracted the attention of superstar drivers and universally recognized teams, in the process revolutionizing sports car racing with close-fought battles at the front of the field – and close finishes.
The Daytona Prototype (DP) class includes great race teams as four-time series champion Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, with co-driving champions Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas. Ganassi is amid a fabulous season that has seen his drivers win the Rolex Series championship, the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400, the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar Series title.
The DP class also has the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing entry which has two-time co-champions Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty at the wheel. Gurney recently paid special tribute to his father Dan Gurney during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway, driving the 1967 Formula One Eagle that the elder Gurney drove to victory at Brands Hatch in 1967.
While the DPs have redefined prototype racing in the U.S., the Rolex Series’ GT class has done the same for high-performance, production-based sports car racing, providing a battleground for the world’s top automobile manufacturers.
There is added star power in GT in the form of team owner/driver Patrick Dempsey who drove the historic yet powerful 1992 RX7-92 Mazda GTP race car at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The 2011 season will be his fourth with his Mazda RX-8 race car in GRAND-AM.
The Rolex Series’ two-class format allows race fans to follow the action in both DP and GT simultaneously.
General admission tickets, parking and general camping tickets go on sale in January, 2011 and will be available by calling 800-327-7322 or on-line at www.mazdaraceway.com.