Monterey Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
- When: Friday, October 9, 2009, time TBA
- Where: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Salinas
- Cost: Not available
- Age limit: Not available
It ends here. The 2009 American Le Mans Series—the explosive storm that sends high tech Le Mans lightening and the muscular thunder of the Grand Touring machines around the lake's legendary bends at the same time—concludes a devilishly dynamic and speedy season this weekend. Another ending: Two-time IndyCar champ and 09 Indy 500 winner Gil de Ferran hits the brakes on a storied pro career; the racetrack and primary sponsor Patron have already assembled a fittingly stylish sendoff for the 41-year-old Brazilian. And while the flag drops on the fastest closed wheel cars in the world Saturday afternoon, seven other races streak through the weekend, which keeps things moving quickly. [MCA]
7am track opens Fri-Sun; 8am events start Fri-Sat (8:30am Sun); 10:25am Sat: Patron GT3 Challenge; 12:50pm Sat: Star Madza Championship; 2:45pm Sat: Monterey Sports Car Championship for the Le Mans Series; 9:30am Sun: SPEED World Challenge Touring; 10:50am Sun: Patron GT3 Challenge; 1:30pm Sun: Cooper Tires Atlantic Championship; 2:45pm Sun: SPEED World Challenge GT. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway, Salinas. $25-$40/day; $50-$60/two-day; $85 and up/special access passes. 242-8201 or 1-800-327-SECA. http://www.mazdaraceway.com.