MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA

RACING THROUGH THE DECADES FEATURE DISPLAY AT ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION ENCAPSULATES 60 YEARS OF MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA 

MONTEREY, Calif., August 4, 2017 — Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion attendees will have the chance to gaze upon 60 years of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca racing history in the paddock on August 17-20. A special Racing Through the Decades feature display will showcase 12 prominent racing vehicles with history at the iconic circuit.

The contrast will be prevalent with the first and most recent winners at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca being displayed across from one another. The 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa that Pete Lovely drove to victory at the inaugural Laguna Seca event, the Pebble Beach Road Races in 1957, and the 2016 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3 that Alvaro Parente won the Pirelli World Challenge event in last October will bookend a dozen chapters of motorsports in the Monterey Peninsula under one tent.

The display will include a 1956 Porsche 356A Carrera that competed in the last Pebble Beach race, a 1963 Shelby King Cobra, a 1971 Ford Mustang Boss 302, a 1973 Porsche 917/30, a 1983 March Indy Car (the first to win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca), a 1985 Porsche 962, a 1993 AAR Toyota Eagle, a 1999 BMW V12 LMR, and a 2005 Audi R8, all with unique ties to the 2.238-mile circuit. Fans will also be able to get up close and personal with Wayne Rainey’s 1989 Yamaha YZR500 that he rode to a win at the 1989 U.S. Grand Prix, his first of three consecutive victories in Monterey.

Located in the paddock, fans will have a chance to see the race cars that helped make Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca famous (and vice versa) during the prestigious event where 550 race cars of historic provenance will do what they were designed to do – race – throughout the weekend during a hallmark of the acclaimed Monterey Classic Car Week.

“The yearlong celebration of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s 60th anniversary is brought to life in the Racing Through the Decades feature display that we are thrilled to share at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion,” said Gill Campbell, Senior Vice President of Event Operations of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “The visual element illustrates the history and importance of the race track and the privilege we have had in hosting some of the greatest cars and drivers in all of motorsports.”

FORMULA 1

VETTEL WINS IN HUNGARY FERNANDO FINISHES SIXTH

Vettel drove to victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix, staving off handling problems and charges from both his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton to convert his pole into a win.

Vettel had been visibly slower than both the two chasing cars but Ferrari chose not to pull him over in favour of Raikkonen and it was the right call as passing proved almost impossible at the Hungaroring. Raikkonen finished in second and Hamilton ultimately in fourth having given the third place spot he had inherited from his Mercedes team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, back to the Finn at the end.

“I am over the moon,” Vettel said. “It may not have looked like it but it was a difficult race. I had my hands full from the start. Something went wrong. The steering started to go sideways. Towards the end it came back when I had a cushion but I had to stay focused the whole race.”

The Spaniard, whose contract expires at the end of the season, said following Hungarian GP qualifying that he would make a final call on his own future by September – a decision that will almost certainly be influenced by the plans McLaren puts in place for 2018.

“I’m happy we have showed a little bit of performance and I think it will make our relationship better.”

GP3

ALESI DOMINATES RACE 2 IN BUDAPEST

Frenchman leads Trident 1-2-3-4

Giuliano Alesi has backed up his Silverstone Race 2 victory with a lights to flag win in this morning’s GP3 Series Race 2 at the Hungaroring, taking the lead at turn 1 and controlling the pace all the way to the flag to lead Trident’s first 1-2-3-4 ahead of Ryan Tveter, Kevin Jörg and Dorian Bocolacci.

The race got underway with gloriously sunny conditions, and when the lights went out polesitter Tveter made a good getaway and pushed across the track to cover teammate Jörg: unfortunately the American ran too deep at turn 1 to cover the Swiss driver, handing the inside line to Alesi who shot through and into the lead ahead of the pair and Boccolacci as they headed down to turn 2.

Further back Nirei Fukuzumi spun at turn 3 and Leonardo Pulcini ran deep at turn 4, forcing both men to return to the pits, but up ahead Alessio Lorandi was determined to ruin the Trident party and overtook Boccolacci at the final turn before tearing off after the leading trio. But the pace at the front was to prove too much for him: the Italian ran wide over the huge kerbs at turn 11 on lap 7 before stopping with a puncture a few corners later.

FORMULA 1

VETTEL ON POLE FOR HUNGARY LCH FOURTH FERNANDO STARTS SEVENTH

Vettel headed a Ferrari one-two for the Hungarian Grand Prix, putting in a fantastic lap to take pole in front of his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in qualifying. Bottas was in third but LCH could manage only fourth on the grid, his attempt to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 68 pole positions denied .

This is Vettel’s second pole position of the season, having taken the top spot in Russia and it is the third time he has claimed pole in Hungary, having done so twice before for Red Bull in 2010 and 2011. The German’s 48th career pole is Ferrari’s third this year after Raikkonen also took pole in Monaco and while the Scuderia are still generally behind Mercedes over the single lap discipline, they have proved that they can take advantage on tracks where power is not such a prominent factor.

“The car has been incredible all day. We made a good step forward. I like this track a lot and it’s been really enjoyable,” said Vettel. “It’s a front row for us so we’re looking forward to tomorrow. Nothing changed overnight. The last race wasn’t great for us but that doesn’t matter now. I’m very happy where we are as a team. The main task comes tomorrow. Nothing has been won today.”

F1Weekly podcast # 732

THE HOST IS STILL NAUSEATED OVER THE LCH LOVE FEST AT SILVERSTONE, NASIR IS EMBRACING THE WHOLE ENCHILADA…WE HAVE A NEW EPISODE OF LOOSH ON THE LOOSE AND THIS WEEKS INTERVIEW IS WITH FORMULA RENAULT DRIVER YEFEI YE FROM CHINA.

Yifei began karting in 2012 at the age of twelve, competing in numerous karting championships.

In 2015, Yifei graduated to single-seaters in the French F4 Championship, where he claimed two wins and finished 12th, and the Italian F4 Championship with RB Racing, where he finished 21st. The following year he repeated these series, finishing 10th in Italian F4 with kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport and claiming the French F4 title in dominant fashion.

In December 2016, it was announced Yifei would graduate to Formula Renault 2.0 with team champions Josef Kaufmann Racing

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F3 EURO CHAMPIONSHIP

ROOKIE LANDO NORRIS ON POLE AT SPA

Event: 06 Spa-Francorchamps
Session: Qualifying 1
Track: Spa-Francorchamps / BEL
Pole position: Lando Norris (Carlin)
Weather: overcast, 17.3 °C

At the Spa-Francorchamps Formula 1 circuit, Lando Norris (Carlin, 2m12.144s) claimed pole position in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The rookie, who is supported by the McLaren Formula 1 team, completed his fastest lap of the 7.004 kilometres long Ardennes roller coaster 0.225 seconds faster than his compatriot Callum Ilott (Prema Powerteam, 2m12.369s). Third place went to Jake Hughes (Hitech Grand Prix, 2m12.420s). Maximilian Günther (Prema Powerteam, 2m12.588s), the FIA Formula 3 European Championship points’ leader, secured fourth place from Nikita Mazepin (Hitech Grand Prix,2m12.668s) and Guanyu Zhou (Prema Powerteam, 2m12.918s).

With most of free practice and the official test day on Tuesday still having taken place at a damp track, the competitors from the FIA Formula 3 European Championship found nearly dry track conditions for the first time this weekend. Halfway through the session, Callum Ilott was on top from Lando Norris, but the Prema driver turned out to be unable to hold on to this position till the end. Two minutes later, Norris already managed to post a faster lap time and the 17-year old went up into the lead from Ilott and Günther. Soon after that, Jake Hughes moved ahead of Günther into third place.

Nikita Mazepin ended up fifth in qualifying, which will award the Russian protégé of the Force India Formula 1 team the best starting position in an FIA Formula 3 European Championship race of the current season. Guanyu Zhou, Jehan Daruvala (Carlin, 2m12.969s), Ralf Aron (Hitech Grand Prix, 2m13.077s), Harrison Newey (Van Amersfoort Racing, 2m13.095s) and Pedro Piquet (Van Amersfoort Racing, 2m13.105s) rounded out the top ten.

Lando Norris (Carlin): “First place came a bit unexpected for me. This was the first session on a dry track all week, so that we didn’t know exactly what set-up we had to take for the car. Some parts of the track were still a bit damp which made things more difficult. I made a few mistakes and the tyres degraded as well. Still, I think that both myself and my team have done quite a good job, also bearing in mind that I didn’t have any slipstream at all.”

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