Bicyclists of all ages and skills are invited to experience the excitement of pedaling the challenging 11-turn, 2.238-mile race track at the popular monthly Twilight Cycling ride.
This month’s Twilight Cycling is being hosted by Gears 4 Good (G4G), a Monterey based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. G4G’s goal is to supply bicycles to people who cannot otherwise afford them, which provides essential transportation to work or school. The organization also offers bicycle maintenance training for its recipients.
The sounds of motorcycles will again roar through the central California hillsides as the eni FIM Superbike World Championship returns to Monterey July 11-13, 2014 for its only U.S. appearance.
“When World Superbike returned to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this season we agreed to a three year contract,” says Gill Campbell, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/general manager. “We were very pleased with the first year and look forward to building upon its success.”
More than $1,500 and a barrel of donated food was raised this morning at the inaugural Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised go to the Food Bank for Monterey County.
The $1,500 raised enables the Food Bank to purchase $7,500 worth of food for families in need.
It was an international affair, as well. Visitors from Japan, the Netherlands, England and across the country who were visiting Monterey for the holiday weekend enjoyed the experience.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is hosting a Toy Drive to benefit the Monterey Peninsula Salvation Army and as an extra incentive, all donors who bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child up to the age of 12 will receive a free ticket to the opening Friday of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on May 2, 2014.
A special thank you to our photographic team of Michael Troutman (DMT Imaging), Bob Heathcote (Bob Heathcote Photography), Bobby Nichols (f28 Imaging) and Mike Doran who all contributed their exemplary creative services.
The Naval Postgraduate School Cycling Club will be hosting the Twilight Cycling ride at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Wednesday, October 16 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The cost is $10 per rider and all riders must have a helmet.The Twilight Rides are informal and the 2.238-mile track will be open to all levels of cyclists. There will also be a seven-lap circuit race, as well as a gravity race from the top of the Corkscrew.
The tradition of memorable sports car racing will continue at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014 with the addition of America’s all-new premier sports car racing series: The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship May 2-4, 2014.
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.
The Sports Car Club of America has announced the host sites of the next three SCCA® National Championship Runoffs®, including the first visit for amateur road racing’s top event to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2014. Daytona International Speedway, in 2015, and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in 2016, will also hold events over the next three years.
The return to the west coast and Monterey’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca comes 50 years after the inaugural event at Riverside in 1964. The event alternated between Riverside and Daytona for six years.
With a university, two community colleges and numerous private and public high schools within just miles of its facility, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is now offering 20 percent off general admission tickets for all 2013 race events.
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of America’s sports car icon, the Chevrolet Corvette, and its featured marque honor at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has commissioned a series of five limited-edition t-shirt designs. Each shirt will bear the resemblance of one of the groundbreaking stylings that for years have pleased automobile enthusiasts.
The January 16th Twilight Cycling, presented by Rabobank, will benefit Cub Scout Pack 13 of Salinas. Scouts (boys and girls) as well as area bicyclists who are invited to experience the thrill of the 11-turn, 2.238-mile world famous race track that is normally reserved for motorcycles and race cars.
Activities will start at 4 p.m. when the race track and paddock are open to all Scouts for obstacle course drills and short races for one hour. From 5-7 p.m. it is open track for all participants (Scouts, bike clubs and individuals).
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.
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.
The Yamaha Champions Riding School (YCRS), based at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, will be bringing their renowned high-performance motorcycle riding training program to California’s Monterey Peninsula in 2013.
YCRS will present five two-day schools at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca: January 24-25; February 25-26; March 11-12; March 28-29 and April 10-11.
As a special thank you to all of the men and women of the armed forces who have and continue to bravely serve our country, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is offering 30 percent off general admission tickets for all 2013 race events.
“Being set on land that was once a part of the former Fort Ord and working closely with the Defense Language Institute and the Naval Post Graduate School we feel it is important to show our appreciation,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Next year’s race schedule for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is shaping up to be the best season ever for motorcycle race fans with organizers announcing today that the eni FIM Superbike World Championship will be joining the MotoGP World Championship on the 2013 calendar. World Superbike will take place September 27-29, 2013 and is the series’ only U.S. appearance.
Recurrent Technologies, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s official technology provider, recently completed Phase Two of a comprehensive network upgrade that consisted of a failover capable Cisco-powered network.
Ending weeks of speculation, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd announced today that Valentino Rossi has signed on to ride for the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP™ team for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Rossi won four of his seven MotoGP™ World Champion titles while with Yamaha. He will once again join teammate and rival, current MotoGP™ Championship points leader and 2010 World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo in the Yamaha garage.
With hundreds of thousands of fans flocking to the Monterey Peninsula to attend the races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the facility is enhancing their experience by partnering with local business to offer great discounts.
The Corkscrew Passport app has launched and is now available for free download on iTunes. The new app allows users to make reservations at participating partner restaurants, get directions and post to the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca fan wall.
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.
Looking for a unique way to do some laps around the famed Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track? Take to the sky for a bird’s eye view of the race action with Specialized Helicopters. During the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix featuring the MotoGP World Championship July 27-29, helicopter rides will be available for just $40 per person or $100 for three passengers.
This amazing event is June 14 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Cost is $10.00 per person and includes a tri-tip dinner, raffle entry, and no host cash bar. A limited number of VIP Suite tickets available for guests. Cost is an additional $10.00 and includes wine, tequila tasting, and fresh baked goods.
Skip Barber Racing School will also be offering courtesy hot laps and thrilling drifting demos.
Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced it has extended its naming rights agreement for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) for another five years. The agreement was ratified by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and extends the two organizations’ relationship, which began in 2001, through 2016. The world-famous Monterey, Calif., facility is home to one of the finest natural road-racing courses in the world, and has been a mainstay of professional auto and motorcycle racing since 1957.
Kathryn Hayworth plans to be a fixture in the lobby of the Embassy Suites the next two weekends. She’ll be registering racing teams Thursday through Sunday as they check in at the Seaside hotel for the American Le Mans Monterey (May 11-12) and Ferrari Racing Days (May 18-20), both of which will be held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
In the midst of National Bike Month, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is hosting its popular Twilight Cycling event May 9.
Twilight Cycling, presented by Rabobank, allows bicyclists of all levels of ability to experience the 11-turn, 2.238-mile race track that is normally reserved for high-speed cars and motorcycles. The ride will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Helmets are required and the cost is $10 per rider.
The race track that is set amidst the rolling hills of Monterey County wine country and adjacent to the fertile fields of the Salinas Valley has added to its gourmet partnerships with Yancey’s Fancy, a New York-based gourmet cheese maker.
The American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patrón is providing an opportunity for VW car owners/clubs to unite and join in on the fun and racing action May 11-12.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s VW Car Corral experience includes a two-day general admission and paddock ticket with open grandstand seating, one souvenir program and preferred parking with other VWs, all for just $90.
“We’ve put this offer together so VW enthusiasts can enjoy a VIP experience as part of our world-class event,” says Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Some may only take steps to be green around Earth Day (April 22), but the American Le Mans Series is green year-round and it brings its unique, eco-conscious style of racing back to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca May 11-12.
As Ferraris challenge the race track May 18-20 for Ferrari Racing Days, owners of the prancing horse may take their place alongside them in the paddock with the new Ferrari Car Corral.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s Car Corral experience includes two three-day general admission and paddock tickets with open grandstand seating, two souvenir programs and exclusive premium parking in the paddock with other Ferraris, all for just $75.
“We are inviting Ferrari owners to join in on the fun of this exhilarating single marquee race series,” says Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “Ferrari enthusiasts will have their own spot in the paddock amidst the action of Ferrari Racing Days.”
The series allows owners and gentleman drivers seeking to sharpen their skills to compete against each other on some of the finest race tracks in the U.S. and Canada. The vehicles have the same overall appearance and engine as road-going Ferraris while utilizing track-oriented modifications and features.
Ferrari 458s will compete against their predecessor the F430s in the Ferrari Challenge. There will also be separate 599XX and FXX races. The highlight of the weekend might just be the F1 Clienti races, where the high pitch whine of these extraordinary machines reverberates through the race track and surrounding hillside. There is a nothing like the sound of an F1 tearing down the straightaway.
Attack Performance, manufacturer of precision racing components, has been granted “wild-card” entries for both North American rounds of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 27-29, and the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, August 17-19.
What: 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.
Once an underground phenomenon, freestyle riders now merit center stage. Three of their stars will perform at the Freestyle Street Extreme in the Yamaha Marketplace during the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix featuring the MotoGP World Championship July 27-29.
The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix featuring the MotoGP World Championship returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for its eighth consecutive year with a new sponsor, Law Tigers, offering free helmet and leather check tents for visiting fans. Staffed and secured, the tents will be prominently located at key motorcycle parking lots.
Elena Myers claims second career AMA victory, first female winner at Daytona.
Elena Myers, who rode Suzuki’s GSV-R bike on the eve of last year’s Indianapolis Grand Prix, took another small step towards her dream of becoming the first female MotoGP rider by making history at Daytona.
“Any girl in MotoGP would be good, but I hope I’m the first,” said Myers after the Indianapolis appearance. “That’s my goal, and I’m trying hard every day to get there.”
Dempsey Racing principals and co-drivers Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster confirmed today the team’s entry into the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) P2 division with a partial schedule of races this year, fulltime competition in future seasons, and a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, possibly as soon as 2013.
At its 49th annual Awards Dinner March 7 at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville, Ca. the Motor Sports Press Association honored Mike and Kathy Hayworth with the Outstanding Contribution to Motorsports Award.
The Strider Adventure Zone will return to family friendly Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix on July 27 to 29. For budding young cyclists who love having fun with a competitive edge, Strider Adventure Zone will host the Strider Cup race on Sunday, July 29.
Strider makes no-pedal bikes that help toddlers learn balance and coordination before pedaling, which develops confidence and bike handling skills. Children from 18 months to five years of age will have a chance to experience riding at the Strider Adventure Zone.
From the 14-year-old who snuck into a Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) volunteer barbecue to the well-respected race car driver he is today, Townsend Bell, will be a welcome sight as he returns to his home track at the American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patrón May 11-12, 2012.
Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies were the star guests this afternoon for the ‘First Ever’ International MotoXpo Show in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). The MotoGP riders arrived in Malaysia early for the second of the two Sepang tests to attend the event as guests of Hong Leong Yamaha Motor.
MONTEREY, Calif., February 23, 2012 – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kicks off its 55th season with the American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patrón, an exhilarating six hour endurance race, May 11-12.
Featuring multiple classes of high-tech sports cars competing together, the American Le Mans Series sees constant passing and on-track battles throughout each race. The six hour endurance race takes competitors from daylight, to dusk and into the darkness, pushing drivers’ and crews’ mental and physical abilities.
The 2011 American Le Mans Series Championship was secured, with one race to go, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last fall by Dyson Racing who won the LMP1 Drivers and Team Championships. At that same race Mazda won the Engine Manufacturer title and Dunlop the Tire Championship. Dyson Racing wrapped up the Michelin Green X Challenge championship for the year at the season-ending Petit Le Mans.
A notable new entry to the 2012 American Le Mans Series is Lotus Alex Job Racing. This is the first time a factory backed Lotus has participated in the Series and they couldn’t have chosen a better partner; Alex Job Racing is the longest competing and most successful team in the American Le Mans Series. IndyCar veteran Townsend Bell and ALMS Founders Cup winner Bill Sweedler are the team’s drivers.
The Mazda MX-5 Cup, Unlimited Racing Championship, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda, Cadillac Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama support races provide on-track activity throughout the weekend. Off-track offerings include driver autograph sessions, grid walk, race simulators, tech talks, and of course, plenty of food, beer, wine and Patrón.
Advance purchase general admission is $60 for a two day pass. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. There is free parking and VIP parking available for $30. Hospitality options start at $250 per person.
The Coalition of Monterey County Chambers of Commerce held a special reception February 16 to present Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with the 2012 Economic Leadership Award. The recognition was for Campbell’s dedicated leadership in economic development and contribution of substantial resources to chambers of commerce throughout the Monterey county region.
America’s Car Museum (ACM) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (MRLS) have entered into a reciprocal marketing agreement that provides advertising and display opportunities for the museum during events at the raceway in Monterey, Calif., with similar opportunities for MRLS at the new automotive museum opening in Tacoma, Wash. in June.
Under the five-year agreement, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will become the “Official Race Track of America’s Car Museum,” receiving advertising opportunities in museum publications and access to ACM’s Club Auto satellite facilities.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was among six local businesses honored by the Monterey County Business Council at its 16th Anniversary Gala held this past Saturday. The world renowned race track received an Economic Vitality Award in the tourism category for its ongoing work in attracting significant business revenue and worldwide media exposure to the Monterey Peninsula.
Following a successful 2011 season with ABC/ESPN which resulted in a double-digit increase in audience size, the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón today unveiled its full broadcast schedule for the 2012 season, highlighted by four live broadcasts, four ABC broadcasts and an entire season of lap-by-lap coverage online.
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.
For nearly two decades the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) has offered special services for its disabled spectators designed for ease of accessibility. For these efforts the Monterey County Commission on Disabilities recently awarded the organization special recognition.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s popular monthly bicycle rides that are enjoyed by hundreds of local riders each month return in 2012 with the added pedal power of Rabobank, which becomes the presenting sponsor.
“Rabobank invests in cycling throughout the world,” says Harry Wardwell, regional president of Rabobank. “Our investment is not limited to sponsoring professionals, like our Rabobank Pro team, but also supporting recreational cycling in its broadest sense.”
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