About the Track
Laguna Seca is an international and California favorite! Built in 1957, its an iconic venue and is recognized as one of the most famous tracks on the planet. The racetrack is 2.238 mi (3.602 km) long, with a 180 ft (55 m) elevation change. Famous for its turn 8 known as 'the Corkscrew', it is considered one of the motorsport world's most challenging turns due to the 18-metre drop in elevation as well as its blind crest and apex on the uphill approach. This track is sure to provide an exceptional experience for any car or motorcycle enthusiest!
Located in Monterey, the region also provides you access to beautiful coastal vistas and other local attractions such as:
Carmel By The Sea
17 Mile Drive
The Monterey Bay Aquarium
Talbot Motorcycle Collection
and dozens upon dozens of surperb shops and dining establishments
As mentioned above, the track was built in 1957 and is now a Monterey County Park. The Park includes the track itself, the camping facilities around it, and an on-site shooting range. The management of these operations is contracted out to a 3rd party.
The track was built on US Federal property at a cost of $1.5M. The US Army at Fort Ord constructed the orginal track in 1957 and later deeded the property to the County of Monterey in 1974. The track was concieved after the nearby Pebble Beach Races were discontinued for being too dangerous. If you explore the '17 mile drive' during your visit to the area you'll understand why it was so dangerous! (lots of trees!) The first race at Laguna Seca took place on November 9th, 1957.
The original course was 1.9 miles in length and did not include the current turns 3, 4, and 5. In 1988 the track was reconfigured to include these turns and increase the overall length of the track to meet the minimum requirement for FIM/MotoGP racing. In subsequent years, run off areas were enlarged and improved with gravel pits in Turns 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 11. These improvements were required for improved motorcycle safety but they also do a good job of stopping cars that leave the racing surface.
Location and Directions
WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway is located in the hills above Monterey providing some great views and fantastic food not to far from the track! See the map below for Directions to the track!
Places to Stay
In the map above there are hotels Pinned for places close to the track to stay. If you have RV or a Trailer with Camping abilities that is also an option, details around this apply to specific events.
BEST WESTERN, SALINAS:
HAMPTON INN & SUITES, SALINAS:
EMBASSY SUITES BY HILTON, MONTERY:
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS, MONTEREY
SUPER 8 BY WYNDHAM, MONTEREY
Laguna Seca is a pretty straight forward track with one very tricky corner, Turn 8, "the Corkscrew", which is a chicane with drop of 58 feet or 5 stories!
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