Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced that the 2009 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix will host three classes of AMA Pro racing slated to run at the world renowned racetrack on July 3- 5: AMA SuperSport, AMA Daytona SportBike and AMA American SuperBike.
"We welcome some of the best American riders to grace this famed facility and look forward to the great show that they provide in great American style," said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has a rich history of motorcycle racing starting with Cal Rayborn riding a Harley-Davidson to victory at the first AMA national race held at the track in 1972 to Nicky Hayden (the youngest ever AMA Superbike Champion) on his victory lap with the American flag waving in 2005 to Ben Bostrom winning the 2008 AMA SuperSport Championship at last years race.
The AMA SuperSport race is on Saturday July 4 at 5:30 p.m. and features America's future motorcycle racing stars today. It showcases up-and-coming riders between the ages of 16 and 21 on 600cc sport bikes.
Sunday will have the AMA Daytona SportBike race at 3:30 p.m. and the AMA American SuperBike race at 4:15 p.m. This is the first time for the Daytona SportBike to race here and the Superbike class has been the centerpiece of major-league motorcycle racing in the United States for nearly 30 years. The tradition continues in 2009 with Mat Mladin, Tommy Hayden and Ben Bostom as the top riders in the championship.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was established in 1957. The world-renowned raceway has been operated since its inception by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a not-for-profit 501C(4) corporation. Each race season, SCRAMP donates its net proceeds to the volunteer groups that help put on the races.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca's world-class 2009 racing schedule includes the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix featuring MotoGP World Championship July 3-5, the 36th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races August 14-16 and the Monterey Sports Car Championships featuring the American Le Mans Series October 9-11.