In honor of National Military Appreciation Month in May, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is offering free general admission to all active military in uniform who attend the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, powered by Mazda on Saturday May 3.
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 yet the popularity of the races and the financial impact on the community had impressed the military authorities at Fort Ord and they wanted to pick up where Pebble Beach left off.
In 1957 the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a group of local businessmen dedicated to keeping sports car racing alive on the Monterey Peninsula, began negotiations with the Army to build a race track on Fort Ord property. Major General W.M. Breckenridge cut the ribbon at the new facility for its first race November 9, 1957.
The day will include opportunities for autograph sessions, tech talks, driver meet and greets, VIP hot laps and garage tours, and feature a special Military Hospitality Area sponsored by Freedom Autosport and MAZDA Motorsports.
On May 3, active military are requested to be in uniform with a military ID. In order to buy tickets for other days at a discount, they should contact the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca ticket office directly - in advance. 800/327-7322 and receive 30 percent military discount.
Visit www.MazdaRaceway.com for more information.