World Class and World Championship Racing Highlight 2005 Season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2004) - The 2005 schedule of races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca once again features the best in sports car, open-wheel, historic and motorcycle racing, including the long-awaited return of the MotoGP World Championship to the USA for the first time since 1994.
The season begins with the U.S. Sports Car Invitational April 29-May 1. This year's invitee is the Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex Sports Car Series, for Daytona Prototypes and GT cars. The Rolex Series will stage its first event on the Monterey Peninsula - a 250-mile race with a two-hour, 30-minute time limit - on Sunday, May 1. The Rolex Series will be joined by the Grand-Am Cup for high-performance street stock cars, along with additional support races to be added.
Following a nine-week break to complete track improvements begun in the off-season, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix July 8-10 will have the eyes of the world focused on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca when the MotoGP World Championship returns to the USA and Laguna Seca for the first time since 1994. Support races for the event include a doubleheader for the American Motorcycle Association's (AMA) U.S. Superbike Championship. Additional support races will be announced in the near future.
On August 19-21, the Monterey Peninsula hills will once again resonate with the sounds of racing cars from a bygone era with the running of the premier historic automobile event in North America - the 32nd Annual Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races Presented by Chrysler. Fans of the event are anxiously awaiting the announcement of the feature for the 2005 event.
The Grand Prix of Monterey is scheduled for Sept. 9-11 and for the 25th consecutive year will feature the Champ Car World Series, pending final negotiations with the series. Support races for the weekend should include the crowd-pleasing Trans-Am, Toyota-Atlantic and Formula BMW Championships.
The 2005 season closes in impressive fashion with the return of the American Le Mans Series in the Monterey Sports Car Championships Oct. 14-16, featuring many of the cars and drivers that compete in the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. Following a successful run into the darkness earlier this month, the 2005 event is scheduled to be another Saturday afternoon-into-evening four-hour contest. The weekend schedule will also include the SPEED World Challenge and Star Mazda Series.
"The 2004 season was one of the best in the 47 year history of this circuit so it was a challenge to put together a schedule that met or exceeded our customer's expectations," said Gill Campbell, general manager and CEO of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. "But adding the Rolex Sports Car Series and the MotoGP World Championship to our Monterey Historic, Champ Car and American Le Mans events, we feel we're producing the best season ever in the history of this great facility."
General admission tickets and paddock passes for the 2005 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix are on sale now, with reserved grandstand, individual hospitality and camping sites on sale this Monday, Oct. 25. Tickets for the other four races of the 2005 season go on sale Monday, Nov. 1. Fans can call (800) 327-SECA or log onto www.laguna-seca.com to purchase tickets or get additional information.