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Video: A Guide To Driving Leguna Seca

By   February 23, 2015

Driving Laguna Seca

Driving Laguna Seca

Laguna Seca is one of the great tracks in North America. It is just wonderful to drive with plenty of elevation changes and one of the hardest corners in the world (due to the elevation change that creates a blind corner).

To drive it quickly takes plenty of practice. The nice thing about Laguna Seca is that if you get some time on it (and they run various automotive club events at the track) it is a perfect location for a vacation.

The track is in Selinas, California, but it is just a short drive to Monterey. This means you can take the entire family or just your significant other and they have plenty to do while you are going flat-out.

This video is a tutorial on driving Laguna Seca. It is designed with the beginner in mind, but even if you have driven it a few times, it is a good refresher guide before going again. The footage shows a good line and gives you sense of what the track is like to tackle.

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Donate A Toy And Get A Free Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Ticket!

By   November 10, 2014

Continental Tire Grand Prix

Continental Tire Grand Prix

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is hosting a toy drive to benefit the Monterey Penninsula Salvation Army now until December 11, 2014. Unwrapped toys should be for children 12 and under. Just in case you were on the fence with donating toys to underprivileged children, MRLS is giving donors a free ticket to Saturday of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, powered by Mazda on May 2, 2015.

“Mazda Raceway is proud to continue to support the Salvation Army’s annual toy drive,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “As a not-for-profit ourselves we understand the importance of giving back to the community.”

If you are interested in donating an unwrapped toy, you can bring it to SCRAMP administrative offices (M-F 8am-5pm) or the Souvenir store (M-F 10am-5pm) which is located in the paddock. For more information, please visit MazdaRaceway.com or call 831-242-8201.

This season is the perfect time to help others and make your holidays more special.

Video: Jessi Lang Drives A 1969 Camaro Z/28 At Laguna Seca

By   August 14, 2014

1969 Camaro Z/28 Trans Am

1969 Camaro Z/28 Trans Am

As part of Monterey Car Week Motor Trend is having a week of videos featuring classic cars. The most recent video is from their J-Turn program which features Jessi Lang driving an original 1969 Canaro Z/28 Trans Am race car.

For those who aren’t huge Chevy guys this car is just insane. It puts out 500 horsepower and yet it has brakes that are unassisted and steering from a area long past.

This video features Jessi taking two hot laps in the car. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to drive it longer because the exhaust system was louder than allowed at Laguna Seca.

Jessi has been recovering from an accident on the Autobahn that left her pretty much stuck in bed for a while. She is still recovering but it is good to see her able to get back behind the wheel.

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Legendary Porsche Race Cars Take The Track At Monterey

By   August 16, 2013

Legendary Porsches Tack the Laguna Seca Race Track

Legendary Porsches Tack the Laguna Seca Race Track

This weekend is the Monterey Motorsports Reunion and it will be a good event for Porsche enthusiasts. As part of the event there will be some cars from the Porsche Museum that will be at the event to celebrate 50 years of the 911.

The cars at the event will include the new 911 GT3 Cup car, the 911 GT1 driven by Alan McNish, Stephane Ortelli and Laurent Aiello in 1998, 935 “Moby Dick” Martini Racing car, 1977 935 2.0 and a 1972 Martini 911 RSR 2.1 Turbo. Along with these great cars will be some legendary drivers including Vic Elford and Hurley Haywood.

Along with the other great cars the newly restored Jaegermeister Porsche 962 will be taking to the Laguna Seca track. The car is chasis #117 and raced to victory at the Nurburgring in 1986.

The cars will be at the at the track at events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Let us know in the comments what car you would most like to see.

Press Release

Echoes of the 1986 1000km of Spa, where the Jaegermeister Porsche 962 driven by Thierry Boutsen (Belgium) and Frank Jelinski (Germany) sped to victory, will come alive over the hills of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend. Thanks to a full restoration by Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA), this iconic racecar runs in its Spa-Francorchamps configuration for the first time in 25 years

Porsche Museum Cars – 50 Years of 911 Celebration

The appearance of the 962 is part of a special Porsche weekend at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion. The weekend display will include the North American debut of the latest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup – 2014 edition – and four significant 911 based race cars from the Porsche Museum: the Porsche 911 GT1 driven by Alan McNish/Stephane Ortelli/Laurent Aiello in 1998; the original Porsche 935 78 “Moby Dick” Martini Racing car; the 1977 Porsche 935 2.0 “Baby,” which ran only two races – one of them a win for Jackie Ickx at Hockenheim and a 1972 “Martini” 911 RSR 2.1 Turbo. The cars will in the garage area and will also make exhibition laps, which will be on the track this Friday from 4:20 – 4:40 PM (Pacific) and Sunday from 4:00 – 4:20 PM (Pacific), plus Saturday at 4:20 PM during the Porsche 911 celebration laps marking 50 years of the 911.

Joining the cars will be Vic Elford, Hurley Haywood, David Donohue and Jeff Zwart.

2014 Porsche 911 Cup Car to Debut

The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer, which will begin competition in North America next year, is the latest version of the most produced production-based race car in the world, with more than 2,500 units built since 1988. The new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is powered by a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder flat engine. It generates 460 hp at 7,500 revs, surpassing the predecessor by 10 hp. A six-speed dog-type gearbox developed by Porsche Motorsport, which is operated via shift paddles at the steering wheel for the first time in a Porsche brand trophy racecar, transmits the power to the rear axle. The new, single piece race wheels with center mount hubs were also designed by Porsche Motorsport. A newly developed race braking system further improves the excellent endurance qualities compared to its successful predecessor. The 380 millimeter slotted and inner-vented steel brake rotors at the front axle are decelerated by six-piston aluminum fixed calipers. The rear axle features a four-piston version.

Porsche 962 chassis #117 – the details

The 962 restoration, in the famous #17 Jaegermeister livery, 962 chassis #117 from Weissach, was also victorious at the Nurburgring Supercup event. Walter Brun drove to victory over a great field of Porsche 956 and 962 prototypes in 1986, beating Hans Stuck, Danny Sullivan, Jo Gartner, Franz Konrad and others.

This Jaegermeister 962 restoration started in 2006 when the components came to PMNA in boxes, with many missing. The company restored the engine and transmission at that time, but the rest of the car remained in apart until the current owner decided to contract PMNA to do a complete restoration. Original drawings for the car were obtained from Germany, and technical experts were consulted both inside and outside the company. Parts were sourced from all over the world; some were even remanufactured by PMNA.

Porsche Motorsport North America has established a partnership with the historic motorsports department within Porsche AG’s Motorsport Division in Weissach, Germany. The new department provides expert restoration services to the Porsche Museum for many of the vintage competition cars the company owns well beyond the ones displayed in its riveting exhibition center. When ready, a number of these cars will be entered in the increasingly popular vintage racing circuit around the world.

PMNA will move its operations from its current Santa Ana, Calif. location to Carson, Calif. where Porsche Cars North America is building its West Coast Experience Center. The new facility is expected to be ready by fall of next year. Aside from housing PMNA’s offices, parts storage and workshop facilities, the new complex will incorporate a business and conference center, a human performance laboratory and a number of facilities for customers and enthusiasts that will enable them to finalize selection of their next Porsche or hone their driving skills.

Over 600 Ferrari Enthusiast To Gather At Pebble Beach

By   August 13, 2013

Ferrari Enthusiast Will Gather at Pebble Beach

Ferrari Enthusiast Will Gather at Pebble Beach

The Pacific Region of the Ferrari Club of America (FCA) has announced that they will be having a gathering of Ferrari Enthusiasts during the Monterey Automotive Week. The group of enthusiasts will be meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Monterey with members attending various events that will happen this weekend. All leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Other events will include “The Cars of Monterey” that will honor races of Laguna Seca and Pebble Beach in the 1950s and 1960s. Between this and the Ferraris that will be around town and on display at the Concours d’Elegance any enthusiast will have plenty to see during the weekend.

We will be at Pebble Beach later this week to cover all things automotive during the week, so stay tuned to this blog for updates (to help you stay up to date you can subscribe to our daily email updates using the form located just above the comments).

Let us know in the comments what you are most looking forward to at Pebble Beach this year.

Press Release

The Pacific Region for the Ferrari Club of America has confirmed it will host the 2015 Ferrari Club of America (FCA) International Meet to coincide with and immediately follow the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance during Monterey’s Classic Car Week of automotive events, August 16 -20, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Monterey, California. Themed “The Cars of Monterey,” and honoring the legendary road races of Laguna Seca and Pebble Beach circa 1950s and 1960s, the highly anticipated 2015 club event will mark the FCA organization’s 52nd anniversary.

“The annual Pebble Beach week is a haven for Ferrari owners and enthusiasts alike,” said Thomas Quigg, regional director for the FCA Pacific Region. “And with the West Coast home to so many of the historic and iconic wining Ferrari race cars, we expect our Concours to be full of nostalgia and passion, along with a few surprises.” Quigg anticipates that should the Ferrari brand become the featured 2015 marque for the Laguna Seca Historic Races in 2015, it makes perfect sense to further the Ferrari celebration and hold the 2015 international meet in the same geographic location.

The organization has already reached out to current owners and collectors to ensure the presence of several Ferrari racing treasures, and anticipates exhibiting winning race roadsters such as the 1953 250MM of Phil Hill, the 1951 166 MM of Jim Kimberly, and the 1954 340 MM of Sterling Edwards. FCA expects that more than 600 Ferrari entrants will participate in the 2015 International Meet.