U.S. Sports Car Invitational preview

WHAT: The inaugural U.S. Sports Car Invitational is a Festival of Speed, with this year's featured invitees being Historic GT and GTP cars. Support races include the best historic and modern Porsches, as well as the final two rounds of the...

WHAT: The inaugural U.S. Sports Car Invitational is a Festival of Speed, with this year's featured invitees being Historic GT and GTP cars. Support races include the best historic and modern Porsches, as well as the final two rounds of the World SuperKart Challenge.

WHERE: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - a 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course. 1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway (Highway 68)

CARS: Historic GT and GTP: Some of the most popular racing in the last 20 years took place in the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) and Grand Touring (GT) classes of the 1980's and early 1990's. It was an era when Porsche, Nissan, Jaguar, BMW, Mazda, Toyota and many others pulled out all the stops to win the prestigious IMSA Camel GT Championship. Fans can relive the glory days when GTP and GT cars, which have rarely been seen on the West Coast since the series' demise in 1993, return for a pair of races Saturday and Sunday.

Porsche Club of America racing features a field of 87 Porsches - both street and modified cars - competing in a pair of races on Sunday. (www.pca.org)

Klub Sport Porsche Challenge is for specific historic Porsches. Eligible cars are the 2.0 liter Porsche 911 and the Porsche 914 up to 2.0 liters, and all Porsche 356 models. (www.klubsportracing.com)

World SuperKarts are powered by 250cc-motorcycle engines and feature aerodynamic bodywork and large downforce-producing rear wings. More than 40 drivers from 10 countries are entered, including former two-wheeled World Champions Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson. (www.worldsuperkart.com)

TICKETS:Super Tickets, which include general admission, open grandstand seating and Paddock access, are $25 for Friday, $30 for Saturday, $45 for Sunday, $50 for Saturday and Sunday, or $60 for all three days. Save $10 per ticket by purchasing by October 2. Children 12 & under are FREE with a ticketed adult. Tickets at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and all tickets.com locations. Call 800-327-SECA or go to www.laguna-seca.com or www.tickets.com.

EVENTS: Autograph Session - Drivers will take part in a free fan autograph session at the track on Sunday, from noon to 12:30 p.m., next to the Cruisin' Cafe in the Paddock.

Fan Party - Fans are invited to meet and mingle with the drivers in a special Friday night Fan Party, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25 at the door and includes dinner and two beverages.

Brats & Brews - Sample micro brews and feast on Bratwurst in the Brats & Brews tent located in the Lakebed. Free Admission. Open from 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

<pre> SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, October 4 Practice All Race Groups 8:00am - 9:15am Porsche Club of America 9:20am - 10:00am Historic GT 10:05am - 10:35am World SuperKart 10:40am - 11:20am Historic GTP 11:25am - 12:05pm Klub Sport Challenge 1:00pm - 2:15pm Porsche Club of America 2:20pm - 3:00pm Historic GTP 3:05pm - 3:45pm Klub Sport Challenge 3:50pm - 4:30pm Historic GT 4:35pm - 5:05pm World SuperKart

Saturday, October 5 8:00am - 9:20am Practice: Porsche Club of America 9:30am - 10:00am Qualifying: Klub Challenge Sport 10:10am - 10:40am Qualifying: Historic GT 10:50am - 11:20am Qualifying: World Super Karts 11:30am - 12:00pm Qualifying: Historic GTP 12:50pm - 1:20pm Practice: Porsche Club of America Group 1 1:30pm - 2:10pm Historic GT Sprint Race 2:25pm - 2:55pm Practice: Porsche Club of America Group 2 3:05pm - 3:45pm Historic GTP Sprint Race 4:00pm - 4:35pm Klub Sport Challenge Race 1 4:45pm - 5:15pm World SuperKart Race 1

Sunday, October 6 8:00am - 8:45am Warm-up: Porsche Club of America 8:50am - 9:10am Warm-up: Klub Sport Challenge 9:15am - 9:35am Warm-up: World SuperKart 9:40am - 9:55am Warm-up: Historic GT 10:00am - 10:15am Warm-up: Historic GTP 10:25am - 11:00am Porsche Club of America Group 1 Race 11:10am - 11:45am Porsche Club of America Group 2 Race 12:45pm - 1:45pm Historic GTP Endurance Race 2:00pm - 2:45pm Klub Sport Challenge Race 2 3:00pm - 4:00pm Historic GT Endurance Race 4:15pm - 4:45pm World SuperKart Race 2

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