Laguna Seca News
Before Ben Spies or Jorge Lorenzo get on track for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced that the Monterey Challenge will take place on Friday morning, July 23, 2010. The race will feature local motorcycle racers with the fastest, rising stars on the grid.
“We wanted to give the up-and-coming local talent the opportunity to show the world who they are,” explained Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. ” Where else can a young rider get their break than with the U.S. brethren of Colin Edwards, Ben Spies and Nicky Hayden watching?”
The Monterey Challenge will have 35 riders in a 10-lap race with a standing start. Trophies will be awarded for the top three finishers. The event starts at 8:00 a.m. with practice, and qualifying and the Monterey Challenge race will be at 11:50 a.m. Riders will be on a variety of motorcycles from 600cc and up from Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Ducati and others.
35 contestants…. $400.00 entry per contestant
Trophies to top 3 finishers
> First place $3,000
> Second place $2,000
> Third place $1,000
> Places 4 through 10 $500 each place
8:00 am – 8:20 am
10:20 am – 10:40 am
10 Lap Race 11:50 am – 12:20 pm
Set-up and tech inspection will be Thursday afternoon starting at 1:00 PM. There will be special credentials issued for those attending our event. Number of credentials limited to only those present upon arrival, 3 maximum per contestant.
Fans will have a full day of on-track action with practice for MotoGP and the three AMA classes in the afternoon. The race will not only entertain the MotoGP fans but will support injured service members with all proceeds from the Monterey Challenge going towards the Wounded Warriors Project.
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Its purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service members, to help severely injured men and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
For Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix tickets and information, please visit www.MazdaRaceway.com or call 800-327-7322.