A lap around Laguna Seca

As you blast down the front stretch for the first time, you'll come under the Start/Finish line bridge and travel uphill through the first kink. Turning left cresting over the hill will make you come up to turn number 2 known as the Andretti ...

As you blast down the front stretch for the first time, you'll come under the Start/Finish line bridge and travel uphill through the first kink.

Turning left cresting over the hill will make you come up to turn number 2 known as the Andretti Hairpin. This one of the slower corners on the track, but you can feel the G-forces trying to pull you from your seat.

You blast down the short chute over to turn 3 really feeling the car stick through the corner now.

Zooming underneath the Yokohama tire bridge barely letting off the gas to slide around turn 4 getting a good amount of momentum building up for turn 5.

As you start to go under the Bosch bridge, start pushing the brake pedal somewhat slowing down enough to make the turn going uphill now towards the best part of the track.

Heading under the vehicle bridge breaking somewhat heavily turning left speeding down the Rahal Straight into a quick little turn 7 before going down the Corkscrew. Usually going between 50 and 60 mph through turns 8 and 8A.

By now your body has become weightless as the car goes left through turn 8 then slides down pushing your body against the seat through 8A turning right hard.

Exiting the Corkscrew, easing a little bit before turn 9 known as Rainey Curve, a nice tap on the brakes will get you through this with no problem. Going under the Mazda Raceway bridge setting up for turn 10 diving hard and deep into the corner for a right hand turn.

Finally down the final straight before the front stretch again. Be careful when coming into turn 11, don't downshift too quickly or else it will cause you to spin. Turn 11 is the slowest corner on the track, a quick flat corner before blasting down in front of the fans all the way up to the start finish line.

We've just completed a lap around the famous 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Editor's Note: New writer Mike Stevens had the opportunity of a lap around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca while covering a recent event at the track. We thought it would be fun to allow the readers to take the lap with him as he describes his first time around the 2.238-mile road course.

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