The premier sports car racing championship, the American Le Mans Series, returns to Monterey’s Mazda Raceway this year from May 9-11, 2013. If you are unfamiliar with this iconic race, it is unique because of the cars’ advancements with environmentally-friendly technology and green initiatives. Car manufacturers are encouraged to try out their new & latest advanced tech innovations and show off their new advancements on the racetrack. The American Le Mans Series is known to be very energetic and is not your typical standard race – there’s constant passing and battles between cars throughout the entire four-hour endurance race.
New automotive technology is tested by all the giant car brands you’ll recognize – Acura, Porsche, Mazda, Corvette, and more. On top of the feature race, the support races will include the Mazda MX-5 Cup, Simraceway Formula 3 West Coast Series, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda, and the IMSA GT3 Cup challenge. Throughout the weekend, there will be autograph sessions, race simulators, tech talks, and of course much other entertainment including food and drinks, thanks to Patrón! The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is home to many races, both with cars and motorcycles, and is famous for its “Corkscrew” turn that has proved to be a challenge for many drivers. Other races over the next few months include the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, and the FIM Superbike World Championship, to name a couple.
If car racing is not quite your thing, no need to worry because there are always so many events in which to take part in Monterey! Enjoy some of the beautiful wildlife while whale watching, and don’t forget about our Monterey Bay Aquarium packages! There are also many parks and beaches to visit as the weather gets warmer, not to mention great shopping and historic attractions.
Dates: May 9-11, 2013
Admission: Prices & packages vary