Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca news 2006-05-01

HISTORIC STOCK CAR GROUP TO HOST 300 KIDS SATURDAY AT U.S. SPORTS CAR INVITATIONAL Boys & Girls Club Youth to Participate in Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Event Monterey, CA (May 1, 2006) -- Three hundred members of the Boys and Girls...

HISTORIC STOCK CAR GROUP TO HOST 300 KIDS SATURDAY AT U.S. SPORTS CAR INVITATIONAL

Boys & Girls Club Youth to Participate in Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Event

Monterey, CA (May 1, 2006) -- Three hundred members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey and Salinas will be guests of the Historic Stock Car Race Series (HSCRS) participants Saturday during the U.S. Sports Car Invitational at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca May 5-7, featuring the Road & Track 250 starring the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve.

From that group, 40 of the older youngsters will be selected as "Grid Kids" to hold up markers as the huge field of Grand-Am Cup cars (91 are on the entry list) that line up for the start of the 2 hour, 30 minute race in the second event this Friday through Sunday (May 5-7) of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca's 50th season of racing.

"What a grand opportunity the HSCRS and the Boys and Girls Clubs are providing for these kids to not only watch, but also to feel a part of the racing scene at what is widely acclaimed as one of the premier racing venues in the world," said Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/General Manager Gill Campbell. "I commend the youth organizations and the Historic Stock Car club members for their generous spirit and the exposure they will give these kids to the family-oriented racing community."

Jimmy Castle, who has homes in both Carmel, Calif. and Hawaii, said he contacted Ron Johnson and Anthony Toney at the two Boys and Girls Clubs and in no time at all, the full quota of 300 kids had been reached. Castle said about 10 buses will be used to transport all the kids to the track for an outing scheduled to last from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Castle, acting as spokesman for the HSCRS, said they will have T-shirts for the kids with the HSCRS logo. The youngsters will be able to hang with the drivers in the paddock, sit in the cars and get their pictures taken and watch qualifying and other on-track activities. Castle also said that the clubs will give the kids a snack sack to take with them to the track and there will be juice, cookies and water in the HSCRS paddock for the kids.

There is an incredible array of cars these kids will be able to see. All are historic Winston (now Nextel) Cup cars and each is of at least 1992 vintage and older. For the car and its owner to be a part of the Historic Stock Car Race Series, it must have a race-winning pedigree.

There will be cars that won at the likes of Daytona, Talladega, Pocono, Darlington, Atlanta and more. Driver names include "The King" Richard Petty, the late Dale "The Intimidator" Earnhardt, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Jimmy Spencer, Derrick Cope, Kenny Schrader, the late Alan Kulwicki, Bill Elliott, Ricky Rudd, Terry Labonte and on and on.

"Instead of in museums, these cars are on the track," said Castle, who owns and drives Bobby Allison's 1988 Daytona 500 winning Buick Regal (No. 12). "The owner/drivers are all long-time drivers not only in HSCRS, but also IMSA, Trans-Am, Can-Am, Indy and Sprint Cars. We run all over the U.S."

Feature event for the U.S. Sports Car Invitational weekend is the Road & Track 250 starring the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series for Daytona Prototypes and GT cars. Competition will also include the Grand-Am Cup, Historic Stock Car Race Series and the SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by Hankook.

More information on the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series can be found at www.grandamerican.com.

Tickets are on sale now for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca's 50th Season of Racing including the U.S. Sports Car Invitational featuring the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series May 5-7, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix July 21-23, the 33rd Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races August 18-20 and the Monterey Sports Car Championships featuring the American Le Mans Series October 20-22.

Tickets and more information are available by calling (800) 327-SECA or on-line at www.laguna-seca.com.

-mrls-

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