In our second year of involvement with the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, we flagged off the start of the Road & Track 250, Sunday's main event, presented trophies to podium finishers, awarded a trophy in the Marque Madness sports car club gathering, and even gave away a to a reader. Now that's what I call a great weekend in the Monterey, California, area.
The weekend event in early May is known as the U.S. Sports Car Invitational, and the racing is hot and heavy, from SCCA Mazda MX-5 Cup, to Historic Stock Cars (meaning NASCAR), Grand-Am Cup ST and GS classes. In the main event, the Rolex Sports Car Series features the Daytona Prototypes and GT groups, and they put on a fabulous show of skill and daring around the 2.238-mile Laguna Seca track that is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary of racing.
In this column in our March issue earlier this year, I wrote about the , and the opportunity for the winner to come to Monterey and spend the weekend at the races, along with winning a new Miata. The lucky recipient turned out to be Lance Swanson, who traveled from Sioux City, Nebraska, with his wife, Linda, to join us for the racing. Lance has been a reader of R&T for several years and was thrilled to win a brand-new Mazda Miata.
For the Marque Madness gathering, Contributing Editor Kent Shocknek and I toured the sports car gathering compound and finally selected as "The Car We'd Most Like to Drive" an immaculate 1985 Lotus Turbo Esprit. The owner is longtime R&T subscriber Harvey Lasky of Lafayette, California, who tells us he has owned the car since 1990, and that it has fewer than 50,000 miles on the odometer. It's a beautiful silver-blue color, and the styling by Giorgio Giugiaro stills looks fresh all these years later.