Inside Story Presented at ‘Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca: A Tale of Legend, Challenge, and Triumph’
Memories of iconic circuit shared, future discussed at March 22 event


A gathering that included enthusiasts, journalists, and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca supporters engaged over dinner at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, March 22, for a special presentation of “Mazda Raceway: A Tale of Legend, Challenge, and Triumph.”

Video footage from the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion served as the backdrop during a social hour while Jon Rosner from British Marque solicited fond and funny memories from throughout the iconic road course’s history from the guests in attendance. After dinner, Tim McGrane from Blackhawk Museums hosted a discussion with Gill Campbell, CEO/General Manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and Barry Toepke, Vice President, Communications & Historic Racing.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course has become an icon of American and motorsports culture, and it has taken the efforts of many to preserve its legacy and ensure that it can be enjoyed by generations to come. Campbell and Toepke shared the inside story of the circuit and fielded McGrane’s questions during a candid and insightful discussion about Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s past, present, and future.

The 2017 major event schedule was discussed from the upstart Spring Classic to staples such as the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship GEICO U.S. Round. Campbell addressed such topics as the rumored changes in management over the past couple years and outlined how the new management agreement between the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) and the County of Monterey has the two entities working in conjunction to make sure that the Monterey Peninsula is home to world-class motorsports events for years to come.