Pirelli World Challenge Returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
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| Cadillac Sports Car Grand Prix is a Part of American Le Mans Monterey Weekend Events
There are some interesting story lines developing for this year's battle for drivers', and manufacturers' honors in the Pirelli World Challenge Series as it returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Cadillac Sports Car Grand Prix. A large, 43 car field is set to race May 11 as part of the American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patrón race weekend.
Pirelli World Challenge races feature three classes of racing (GT, GTS, Touring Car) providing a competitive slot for nearly every sports car and sports sedan available. Races are 50-minutes from start to finish and begin with the series' trademark standing start, an electrifying explosion of engine revs and tire squeal. The 50-minute sprint format guarantees each driver is giving 100 percent from start to finish, because there are no scheduled pit stops, or driver changes. With door-to-door racing, and all three classes running together, it's like watching the intensity of the final lap, every lap.
Heading into the race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Johnny O'Connell (501 points) and Andy Pilgrim (452 points), piloting the Cadillac Racing CTS-V Coupes, are leading the GT Drivers' Championship, while Global Motorsports Group Porsche 911 GT3 Cup pilot James Sofronas is in third (354 points). Lawson Aschenbach, the 2011 Touring Car Champion and 2006 GT Champion is piloting the No. 1 TruSpeed Motorsports/Privacy Star/Entrust Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and sits in fourth with 342 points. Cadillac (25 points) leads the Manufacturers' Championship ahead of Porsche (20 points) and Volvo (13 points).
| SZYMCZAK TAKES MAZDA MX-5 CUP RACE ONE AT MAZDA RACEWAYMONTEREY, Calif. (May 10, 2013) – Christian Szymczak, of Palos Verdes, Calif., won Round Three of the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup doubleheader at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Elliott Skeer, of Carlsbad, Calif., crossed the line in second, followed by John Dean, of Sebring, Fla.|
Szymczak, in the No. 34 ALARA Racing MX-5, set himself up for a clean sweep at the 11-Turn, 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway, with a 9.5-second gap. Szymczak was the fastest in qualifying and each of the practi....
| SNOW CLAIMS RACE ONE VICTORY AND FOURTH CONSECUTIVE POLE AT MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECAMonterey, Calif., (May 10, 2013) - The first race of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama at the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón got off to an exciting start this afternoon as the green flag dropped on the 24-car field, and incident on the first lap of competition immediately put a new 'spin' on the action.|
There was an immediate full course caution as the car No. 20 of Effort Racing's Sloan Urry apparently dropped two wheels off track exiting Turn 2 and made contact with the....
| PORSCHE ON FRONT ROW IN ALMS GT QUALIFYING FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE EVENTNew Long/Core Porsche and Sellers/Team Falken Tire Porsche 2nd and 3rd|
Monterey, Calif. - Patrick Long (USA) took the new CORE autosport team Porsche 911 GT3 RSR onto the front row of the grid in qualifying for tomorrow's American Le Mans Series race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Long, who will share the Porsche with British driver Tom Kimber-Smith, finished less than a tenth of a second off the time of the pole-sitting Ferrari, was enthusiastic as he spoke about the effort of the whole ....
|Mazda Racers Salute Their Number One Supporter: MomMay 9, 2013 (IRVINE, Calif.) When racers talk about the need to have the complete package to win – balanced chassis, powerful and reliable powertrain, great tires, a brilliant engineer, perfect pitstops by a tireless crew, and a mega-budget, we sometimes forget where many racers receive their most unwavering support: Mom. With Mother's Day being one of the few days of the year with virtually no motorsports on TV, we asked a few of our Mazda racers to reflect on how their Moms contribute....|
| Fan Activities Abound at this Week's American Le Mans Monterey RaceMONTEREY, Calif., May 7, 2013 – When fans arrive at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the American Le Mans Monterey race weekend May 9-11, they will find more activities to enjoy than ever before. While the world-class racing of the American Le Mans Series, presented by Patron, is always the highlight, the number of family-friendly fan activities will provide added value for their full enjoyment.|
From autograph sessions and cancan dancers roaming the paddock to activities in the Yamaha Ma....
|U.S. Dot, Mazda Motorsports, The Ad Council, And Noys Announce Winners Of 2013 Project Yellow Light Video ContestAs part of Global Youth Traffic Safety MonthTM , the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Mazda Motorsports, the Ad Council and the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) announced the six high school and college winners of their second annual Project Yellow Light scholarship contest. 'One Text or Call Could Wreck It All,' was the theme of this year's contest. Entrants were asked to develop and produce a short video that would depict for their peers the dangers of risky mobile behavi....|