Mazda Raceway Honored by Monterey County Business Council

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was among six local businesses honored by the Monterey County Business Council at its 16th Anniversary Gala held this past Saturday. The world renowned race track received an Economic Vitality Award in the tourism category for its ongoing work in attracting significant business revenue and worldwide media exposure to the Monterey Peninsula.

“Tourism is the lifeblood of this county,” says Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, who accepted the award on behalf of the organization. “By bringing spectators and competitors to the area for our events we hope that we are improving the livelihoods of our friends and neighbors.”

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was established in 1957 and has been operated since its inception by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a not-for-profit 501c(4) corporation. Each race season, SCRAMP donates its net proceeds to the volunteer groups that help organize the races.

“Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is an economic treasure in the world of hospitality and tourism in the Monterey Region,” said Mary Ann Leffel, president of the Monterey County Business Council. “Through their stewardship, thousands of annual visitors in the automotive/biking world discover and explore our county. The worldwide media exposure is priceless.”

Monterey County Business Council is an alliance of business executives and professionals providing collaborative leadership to help people from business, government, education, and the community work together on countywide issues reflecting the organization’s strong commitment to the environment, economic vitality, and quality of life.

Other 2012 honorees include:

  • Agriculture – Ocean Mist Farms
  • Education & Research – CSU Monterey Bay
  • Building & Design – Ausonio Incorporated
  • Wellness & Lifestyle – Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas
  • Creative & Technology – Language Line Services