This year the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races will be celebrating their 35th anniversary at Laguna Seca. The event, which will be presented by Toyota, will celebrate a number of highlights from past races. It will also see legendary driver Mario Andretti take his seat as the official guest of honor.
The 2008 Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races will take place on August 15 to 17 at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The event will be paying tribute to the first marque to ever be featured at the Historic Races in 1975, the Alfa Romeo. The Alfa Romeo 8C-2900B Mille Miglia will no doubt be sharing the limelight with Mario Andretti – as both are racing legends. The race will also see a number of other marques that have featured in the past 34 Monterey Historic races, including the 1908 Grand Prix Mercedes, which will be enjoying its 100th year of racing. A variety of historic Trans-Am cars will also take to the track during the course of the event. In all the weekend will see a variety of highly competitive and exciting races that are sure to wow fans.
Regarding the presence of Andretti at the event, Steve Earle – the President of General Racing Ltd which founded and organized the event – said: “We are extremely pleased to have Mario Andretti join us at the Rolex Monterey Historic this year. He is a living legend for all of us, and we’ll join together to celebrate the anniversary of his winning the World Championship in 1978.” Many consider Andretti to be the most accomplished driver to ever emerge during the history of motorsports and the legendary driver will be getting behind the wheel of his F1 Championship Winning Lotus 79 for a few demonstration laps during the course of the event. He will also be available to sign autographs and will be participating in some of the scheduled races that have been organized as part of the Rolex Monterey Races. Fans will get the chance to meet other legends during autograph sessions and enjoy plenty of additional entertainment in the form of an enhanced Consumer Expo. If you want to meet Andretti, get in on all the historic racing action and make the most of your weekend, make sure that you get down to the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for this great event!
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, California, USA, will be hosting the Monterey Festival of Speed from 16 to 18 May 2008. Highlights of the action packed three-day auto racing program include the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, Formula BMW Americas Championship and the Cooper Tires Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda.
Auto racing fans can look forward to plenty of excitement at the world-class Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with a track covering 2.238 miles, including eleven turns and a 300 foot elevation change. The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track features one of the most challenging and exciting turns in the motor sport world. Popularly known as the “corkscrew”, the turn has a blind crest and apex on the uphill approach, followed by a significant drop in elevation.
Saturday 17 May features the Grand-Am Rolex Series Prototype and GT cars in a mega-competitive 250-mile race. Grand-Am features cars from a number of manufacturers including Porsche, Mazda, Lexus and Pontiac. Considered to be one of the most cut-throat racing series in the United States, the Grand-Am annual season begins with the famous 24 Hours at Daytona race. Open-wheel race cars dominate the program on Sunday with the Cooper Tires Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda taking to the track. Auto racing fans can also look forward to enjoying the Formula BMW Americas Series race later in the day.
Camping facilities will be available for auto racing fans who have traveled to the Monterey Festival of Speed. Spectator facilities range from general grandstands, right through to premier suites, which include general admission, paddock access, parking pass and an air-conditioned dining area with breakfast, lunch and beverages served.
The Monterey Festival of Speed is taking place on the same weekend as the United States Armed Forces Day on 19 May. In a gesture to honor the men and women who serve to protect the United States, the management of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is allowing free admission at the entrance gates to active and retired military members and their families on presentation of a valid military ID.
In addition to enjoying the Monterey Festival of Speed race program, auto racing fans can look forward to plenty of family fun and organized activities throughout the weekend – be sure to be there!