As if my recent outing at Blackhawk Cars and Coffee weren’t enough, I decided to schlep down to Laguna Seca to check out the Monterey Cars and Coffee happening right in the lake bed! This was probably one of the most unique gatherings I’ve been to, since the cars were right there inside the track while a practice session was happening at the same time!
While I was there, I also learned some very interesting news about the future of the racetrack. Apparently, Mazda is no longer going to be the main sponsor for Raceway Laguna Seca, and another sponsor is going to takeover the main sponsorship. Mazda will still have some sponsorship deal worked out with the racetrack, but all of the merchandise, track signs, and other markers are no longer going to say “Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca”.
It’s kind of sad, actually. I grew up playing racing games with the track labeled as “Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca”, and I have some merchandise with the name emblazoned on it. This also could mean that the next Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion might not feature the many race cars Mazda has put on display in the past, including the legendary 787B race car and the RX-792P Prototype, and other 4-rotor race cars like the IMSA RX-7 GTO.
On the bright side, the racetrack will still have the Mazda sponsorship until Mid-April, so all of the Mazda labeled merchandise will be 50% off until then!