Laguna Seca Speeds into History by Celebrating Its 60th Anniversary
Historical Monterey raceway has hosted some of the most exciting races and incredible vehicles on four and two wheels.
The Laguna Seca Raceway marks a major milestone this year by celebrating 60 years of racing. The 2.238-mile, 11-turn course has hosted some of the most iconic, historic, and thrilling races.
Located in Monterey, California, the raceway was built in 1957 for $1.5 million. The funding came from businessmen representing both the local economy as well as the nearby U.S. Army’s Fort Ord. These investors, along with community members and racing enthusiasts, went on to become known as the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), and they remain an active and passionate part of the racing community, organizing races and events at Laguna Seca.
Laguna Seca, now known as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, has been home to legendary races from Formula 5000 to the American Le Mans Series and has seen a lot of speed.
Possibly the most famous feature of the course is the Corkscrew, considered to be one of the most challenging downhill turns in motorsports. The Corkscrew is tricky sharp left-right turn with a blind crest and five story drop in elevation, all in only about 450 feet of track length. It has bested some of the greatest drivers, and made others into legends.
From the famous racers, to the heart stopping finishes, to the remarkable and innovative vehicles, this circuit is a true racing legend, and we look forward to whatever the next 60 years will bring.