Watch The Continental Tire Sports Car Festival this Weekend!

September 4, 2012
two cars racing on the racetrack

If you’re in Monterey this weekend, you have the opportunity to witness the car festival of a lifetime! Those staying in affordable Monterey CA hotels can see the stars of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car series at the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival powered by Mazda. You can be part of the season-ending race this weekend!

As part of the festival, GRAND-AM will be visiting four of North America’s most historic road circuits to crown the 2012 champions. The event kicks off on Thursday, September 6 with Promoter Test Day, Welcome Reception and Charity Twilight Bicycle Ride. The race itself will be held on Saturday, September 8 at 5:30pm. A total of 61 cars will be racing in two classes, Ground Sport and Street Tuner. The finale of the season will be held at Lime Rock Park on September 29.

For 2012, the Daytona Prototype of the GRAND-AM series has been updated with new shapes and proportions. The class has redefined prototype racing in the United States for high-performance, production-based sports car racing. GRAND-AM has added racing versions of the Ferrari 458 and Audi R8 to its lineup in 2012, along with BMWs, Porches, Corvettes, beefed up for fans’ viewing pleasure.

You can bring the kids to the Kids Fun Zone in Yamaha Marketplace for activities all weekend. Kids can participate in painting, designing patterns, building magnet sculptures, cars and houses. You can also visit the Grand-Am Fan Zone and take the Pole Position challenge, have your photo taken with model cars and compete in the Pit Stop Simulator.

Advance purchase admission is $20 per day or $60 for three days. General admission and paddock is free for children 12 years old and under with a paying adult. Free parking is available on-site and VIP parking is available for $25. Gates open at 7am.

Hope you can make it out to the raceway this weekend!

Event Details

Dates: September 7-9, 2012

Times: 8am to 6pm

Location: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Monterey, CA

Admission: $20-$300

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