Trans-Am, Can-Am featured at inaugural Laguna Spring Classic

Trans-Am, Can-Am featured at inaugural Laguna Spring Classic

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has added a vintage racing event to its 2017 calendar, the Spring Classic set for May 19-21.

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Vintage Trans-Am race during the Rolex Reunion | Nicole James photos

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has added a vintage racing event to its 2017 calendar, the Spring Classic set for May 19-21. The three-day event was created to showcase racing in nine classes from several different era,s but the primary focus is on race cars from the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.

“Adding the Spring Classic to an exciting slate of events this season is a great way to celebrate 60 years of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,” said Gill Campbell, the track’s chief executive and general manager.

“The response to vintage racing has sparked a demand by automobile enthusiasts all over the country,” he added. “We are happy to be able to provide a showcase for race cars from those eras at the Spring Classic, in addition to the earlier eras of automobile racing that are at the forefront of our Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.”

UOP Shadow in Can-Am race

UOP Shadow in Can-Am race

The groups set to run in May include 1967-72 Formula B, 1973-84 SCCA Production GT Cars, 1966-72 Trans-Am, 1966-74 Can-Am, 1973-79 Formula Atlantic, 1966-72 Trans-Am 2.5 Liter, 1983-2007 World Sports Car/Le Mans Prototype, 1979-2006 Historic Stock Cars, and 1967-84 Formula 1.

“We’ve had a great response from the entrants in the Trans-Am groups, which have been popular categories among the fans” said Campbell.

“The Can-Am group is also a popular one for fans and participants alike as they represent the true definition of win at any cost,” said Campbell.

“These cars retain their characteristic look and certainly sounds and they are a welcoming site in their spiritual home.”

Qualifying will take place Friday, May 19, with racing May 20 and 21.

Owners and drivers interested in participating may complete an entry request online. Cars will be evaluated by a panel of experts who will examine each car’s authenticity and relevance to the group.

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