Fast Lap with Billy Johnson:  Laguna Seca

By Billy Johnson



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Fast Lap with Billy Johnson:  Laguna Seca


Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, previously known simply as “Laguna Seca” was built in 1957 on the land of Fort Ord; which was a maneuvering area and artillery target range for the US Army.  World-renowned (by the help of Playstation video games for the younger generation), the track has hosted Champ Car, ALMS, Grand-Am, Moto GP, World Superbike, Formula 5000, Trans-Am, Can Am, and has been the site for several very memorable races.  In 1988 the track was increased to its current 2.238 mile, 11-turn configuration with 300 feet of elevation change and the world-famous “Corkscrew” Turn 8.


Fast Lap with Billy Johnson:  Laguna Seca

In recent years, the walls have been pushed back in Turns 1, 6, the “Rahal Straight”, and turn 9 with significantly more run off room and a more gradual crest approaching the Corkscrew.  New FIA curbing was introduced as well as giant red “bread boxes” at every apex to deter drivers from straight-lining corners and dropping tires in the dirt.


Fast Lap with Billy Johnson:  Laguna Seca
With a billiard smooth and a notoriously slick racing surface, Laguna Seca has become world famous for its signature “Corkscrew” and a configuration that makes for exciting racing.  After driving many of the tracks in North America, I would have to call Laguna Seca my home track and one of my personal favorites.

While not I behind the wheel, this is an excellent video of Jeff Tyler turning a lap of Laguna Seca behind the wheel of the HP Autowerks E90 335i


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Thursday, September 02, 2010 3:57 AM
Neat tips. Can you email this to the Formula 1 teams so they can zip up their man suits and race at a REAL American track again?
Monday, September 06, 2010 5:25 AM
The Ferrari year at the historics, one of Ferrari's test drivers drove one of there new model F1 cars off the track and destroyed it.

This is pre destruction video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa2Os8eOUjs

Sounds oh so awesome.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 8:43 PM
The corkscrew is my favorite part in Laguna Seca
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