Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

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About Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Herr Wins Wild MX-5 Cup Race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Women Compete at Laguna Seca
Event Schedule
Photo Gallery
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About Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

The Monterey Peninsula's love affair with world-class racing traces its beginning to 1950 and the inaugural running of the Pebble Beach Road Races. Those sports car events through the winding roads of the Del Monte Forest became immensely popular and brought prestige, fans and money to the area. But as the cars got faster and the crowds grew larger, it was decided that the race was too big for the open road. Rather than see the event, with its fans and financial impact go elsewhere, a group of civic-minded business leaders decided to build a permanent, world-class racing facility.

This was the impetus behind the formation of the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) on November 1, 1956. The non-profit group's mission, which remains unchanged today, is to benefit local charitable and non-profit organizations and to promote the economic vitality of Monterey through motorsports events. The group leased Fort Ord land from the Army, built the circuit and staged its first race on November 9, 1957.

Since that day, events at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca have generated more than $1 billion in revenue for area businesses, while providing over $10 million for more than 100 charitable and civic groups. Today, SCRAMP is the most important economic and charitable organization in Monterey County.

Women Compete at Laguna Seca

Five women competed at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca the weekend of May 5-7, 2006.

Milka Duno started the race in the 14th position and finished 7th out of 27 cars in class in the 2 hour and 45 minute Rolex Series race. The race included another 20 GT cars which made for a lot of passing excitement.

Valerie Limoges. With 68 cars starting the Grand-Am Cup race, Valerie started 19th on the grid. At the end of the 2.5 hour race, she finished 4th in class and 4th overall out of 39 GS cars. On the track at the same time were another 29 ST cars.

Deborah Loth competed in the first ever Mazda MX-5 Cup Race. The only woman among 21 men, she drove a steady race, finishing 13th, less than a minute behind the winner.

Beth Philion competed in the Historic Stock Car Racing Series. (Results unavailable at press time.)

Audrey Zavodsky competed at Laguna Seca May 6, 2006. With transmission problems throughout the weekend, she was gridded 32nd in class and finished the 2.5 hour race 30th in class.

Photo Gallery

Milka Duno

Valerie Limoges

Deborah Loth

Beth Philion

Audrey Zavodsky

Photos: Mazda Laguna Seca, May 5-7, 2006. Gordon Clay

Herr Wins Wild MX-5 Cup Race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

After starting on the pole at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Chip Herr, of Lititz, Pa., lost his early advantage, recovered and then held off BSI Racing teammate Todd Buras at the finish to win the inaugural SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by Hankook race by 0.107-sec. in his No. 59 Sports Car Revolution/Mazdaspeed Mazda MX-5. Drew Staveley, of Walnut, Calif., finished third. Deborah Loth of Fort Worth, Texas, the only woman in the race, finished 13th of 22 competitors, less than a minute behind Herr.

Grand Am Cup (2'30")

Historic Stock Cars

The Historic Stock Car Racing Series is dedicated to the restoration, and preservation of former NASCAR stock cars while providing for their continued competition in a safe and entertaining environment.

There was an incredible array of cars in the historic race. All are historic Winston (now Nextel) Cup cars and each is of at least 1992 vintage and older. For the car and its owner to be a part of the Historic Stock Car Race Series, it must have a race-winning pedigree.

There were cars that won at the likes of Daytona, Talladega, Pocono, Darlington, Atlanta and more. Driver names include “The King” Richard Petty, the late Dale “The Intimidator” Earnhardt, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Jimmy Spencer, Derrick Cope, Kenny Schrader, the late Alan Kulwicki, Bill Elliott, Ricky Rudd, Terry Labonte and on and on.

“Instead of in museums, these cars are on the track,” said Castle, who owns and drives Bobby Allison’s 1988 Daytona 500 winning Buick Regal (No. 12). “The owner/drivers are all long-time drivers not only in HSCRS, but also IMSA, Trans-Am, Can-Am, Indy and Sprint Cars. We run all over the U.S.”

We believe these historic thoroughbreds belong on a race track and not in a museum. Only in friendly competition can these classic stock cars be best displayed for all racing enthusiasts to enjoy, as a form of living history. Car Eligibility , Driver Eligibility

Mazda MX-5 Cup

Road & Track 250 (2'45")

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