“Laguna Seca Raceway is one of my favorite weekend destinations. I’ve volunteered for several racing events and worked the pit gates. The 2.238 mile track was built in 1957 for both autos and motorcycles and, in addition to the races, the site hosts exhibitions, superkarts, music festivals, a gun range, great food and drink, and even camping. There’s ample parking, a beautiful scenic backdrop, consistently great weather and, best of all, it’s just minutes from my home.”
– Tom Hornick, Chief Information Officer
The Monterey Peninsula’s love affair with world-class racing traces its beginnings to the inaugural running of the Pebble Beach Road Races in 1950. Those sports car events quickly outgrew the public roads of the Del Monte Forest and a beautiful new road racing facility was born on November 9, 1957. Since then, Monterey has been visited by some of the most prestigious racers in history: Roger Penske, Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Kenny Roberts, Bobby Rahal, Wayne Rainey and Valentino Rossi to name a few. The late 1960s and 70’s may be remembered as the “Can-Am Years,” but it was also the debut of Trans Am, IMSA and AMA motorcycles. CART Indy Car racing and Grand Prix Motorcycling put their stamp on the track in the 80s and 90s. In the 2000s, the evolution of MotoGP created a phenomenal global following for the track.
Today, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca hosts eight world-class race weekends each season with elite road racing series from around the world visiting the Monterey Peninsula every year. Learn more at weathertechraceway.com.