WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Installs New Electronic Flagging System to Enhance Flagging Stands
County of Monterey Invests in Leading Edge Technology
MONTEREY, Calif., March 9, 2020 – A new advanced electronic flagging system has been installed at the iconic 63-year-old WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca circuit that will complement the traditional corner marshal stands. The new system will be ready for the Trans Am SpeedFest May 1-3, which is the first premier race event of the year.
The LED flagging signs are located at 11 points around the track and will be activated by one of the two nearest corner marshals who will simultaneously wave the corresponding flag. The combination of the two systems will heighten communication and visibility for drivers to ensure they are promptly aware of on-track incidents.
“This is an example of the County of Monterey reinvesting in projects that enhance the facility, whether it is on the racing surface or behind the scenes,” explained WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca President and General Manager John Narigi. “There are many projects on the table, and the electronic flagging system was an important initiative to ensure the highest standard of safety.”
On Saturday, March 7, the Laguna Seca Raceway Foundation presented a $74,162 gift toward the new electronic flagging system at the start of the HMSA event that morning. Ross Merrill and Skip Cook from the Foundation presented a check to District 5 Supervisor Mary Adams. Also in attendance were Chris Lopez, District 3 Supervisor and Chairman, John V. Narigi, President and General Manager of Laguna Seca Recreation Area and Dewayne Woods and Lavonne Chin from The County of Monterey.
“As the new operator of the facility, we are happy to be working more closely with the Laguna Seca Raceway Foundation,” expressed Narigi. “We are excited to continue the tradition of working together to improve the track and all facilities at Laguna Seca Recreation Area.”
The 2.238-mile road course hosts a wide variety of race series and events that have differing driver views depending on the type of car. The open cockpit Indy cars provide drivers with far better sightlines than, for example, a closed cockpit prototype that competes in the WeatherTech IMSA SportsCar Championship. Add in the undulating topography and the competitive focus, and it was a clear choice to implement the electronic flagging system to improve safety and the on-track experience for premier events and track rentals alike.
The new system was developed by Race America and features 3-by-3 foot LED screens that display a digital image of the flags used at the corner marshal stands.
About WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is a world-renowned 2.238-mile traditional road course that was built in 1957 and known at the time as Laguna Seca Raceway. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is part of the Laguna Seca Recreation Area which also features camping and the Rifle & Pistol Range. The 2020 premier event schedule includes the Trans-Am SpeedFest May 1-3, MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey July 10-12, Ferrari Challenge Series July 23-26, Monterey Pre-Reunion August 8-9, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion August 13-16, Monterey Sports Car Championship featuring the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship September 11-13, and Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey featuring the NTT IndyCar Series September 18-20.