F1's Zonta day two at Monterey Historics

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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 ...

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

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