Laguna Seca Track Record Lowered Again by Zonta on Day Two of Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races Presented by Toyota

Salinas, Calif. (August 19, 2006) - On day two of the 33rd Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races Presented by Toyota, Panasonic Toyota Race Team driver Ricardo Zonta broke his 24-hour-old record, lowering it from yesterday's record of 1:07.587 to the new record of 1:06.596. The record-breaking time came in the fifth lap of five flying laps in the 12:45 session this afternoon. Zonta's lap speed around the 11-turn, 2.238 mile Laguna Seca Raceway was 120.980.

"The car and tires really performed great and breaking the record twice has been a fantastic experience," said Zonta after the first track session. "It's been even more exciting because of how the people have celebrated our car."

The Panasonic Toyota F1 car had a second track session later in the afternoon. "This afternoon I went out to enjoy myself," Zonta said after the final session. "The team was concerned about oil on the track due to the historic races and we wanted to be a little careful. Instead of speed, I thought the fans would like to see donuts, so I did them."

Zonta last drove on the Laguna Seca track in 1998 when he won the FIA GT Championships behind the wheel of a Mercedes.

The Panasonic Toyota F1 car will again take to the track Sunday at 12:35 and 3:25 p.m.

-credit: rwb