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What’s with the clamp on the wing? Why do racing fuel hoses have two lines? Why am I asking you all these things when the answers are in this video? FCP Euro highlighted a pit stop by one of the Marc Cars V8-powered Mazda3s at the California 8 Hours at Laguna Seca which explains it all.
Two F-18E Super Hornet fighter jets flew over Laguna Seca before this weekend’s IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race, and they got very close at the end. Some fans reported to Jalopnik that they saw the planes touch wings. Others merely say a chunk of plane came off mid-air. Have you found a plane part…
Renger Van Der Zande took the win in today’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Laguna Seca in the best way possible: by recreating one of the most insane passes ever pulled off in motorsport.
As Monterey Car Week began its annual social media takeover, for me, several predominant themes emerged. There was no shortage of stunning supercars skirting the Pacific Coast on famed roads like Highway 1 and 17 Mile Drive. The ornate streets of Carmel showcased some of the finest works of automotive art ever…
The 600-horsepower 1991 Mazda RX-7 IMSA GTO is a four-rotor symphony of mighty Wankel engine sounds. Pro racer Joel Miller stuck a camera on his helmet so you can experience all the loud noises from home—that is, if you can crank your home stereo up to “definite noise violation from two counties away.”
A recent meeting in a small-town California city hall had residents lined out the door, most there to voice unhappiness about a proposed $300 million race track. But the head of an almost nonexistent—in terms of records and online presence—startup proposing it didn’t show, and even the mayor thinks it’s fishy.
A three-year deal was struck between the local Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) and Monterey County that settles the financial disputes between the two and keeps Laguna Seca controlled by the local group which built the track, reports Racer. It’s the end of a long, nasty fight over…
Last place? No problem. No problem at all.
More vintage racing photos from Laguna Seca? You’re welcome.
Fog over Laguna Seca.
Let us forever celebrate May Day as the day the Ford GT officially came back with its first victory at this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Laguna Seca—with a Ferrari 488 GTE coming in second, no less. Prepare your face, Le Mans: America’s newest and most radical supercar finally won.
Booking a track day can be pretty intimidating, even for those of us who get to ride on a track fairly often. The genius behind SportbikeTrackGuide.com agrees with me, which is why he developed a site that aggregates all of the upcoming track day info into one place.
How does one end up at a track day without a car? In my case, it was because I foolishly agreed to ride shotgun across the country from New York to California, in a smelly friend’s Ford Fiesta ST, all so he could do a track day at Laguna Seca. But I’d be be damned if I wasn’t going to make an event out of my…
From their classic 1950s 550 racers to their newest 24 Hours of Le Mans winner—this is the history of Porsche, told in 20 race cars over a single lap of Laguna Seca.
America is a huge domestic market. Much as we produce a lot of corn for our own consumption, we also produce a lot of racing just to be enjoyed by Americans. But there is (and has been) a lot of very important international events held here.
For five years, the Rennsport Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has been the world’s largest and arguably greatest gathering of Porsche race cars, street cars, collector cars and most importantly, devoted fans. It is quite simply Porsche Heaven.
Light crowd numbers and restraints on large-scale events plague Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, causing the speedway’s potential success to fall back on hopes of attracting a new management company. But with the withdrawal of a proposal from the candidate with perhaps the most proven track record (no pun intended), the…