Laguna Seca – Racing Into The Night
European teams thinking of making the trip to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the final round of the 2004 ALMS on October 16 now have an extra reason to make the journey: the four hour event, the Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championships, will start at 16.00, and finish in darkness.

It will be the first time in the long history of the California track that a race has been held in darkness: everyone who has expressed a view is in favour.

“People are thrilled that we are holding a race that goes into the night," said Gill Campbell, General Manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. "With this event being our final race of the season, and the last race of the American Le Mans Series season, it just adds a whole new dimension to the event. There's been a total infusion of renewed enthusiasm from everyone we've talked to."

“Getting to run around that place in the dark is for sure going to be one of the coolest things that has ever happened there," reckoned Johnny O'Connell. "I can only imagine how much more intense running down the Corkscrew will be. Also, with it being the last race of the year, you can guarantee that every driver will be pushing hard as championships will likely be decided there."

"With all its elevation changes, the track is very technical to drive in daylight hours,” said 675 Champion Chris Dyson. “Running in darkness will only add to the challenge. It will be a great way to close out the ALMS season."

The raceway is planning to light all of the exit roads, and will also have ambient lighting at selected points around the circuit.

"We've never had a four-hour race before," summed up Gill Campbell. "Our goal is for the spectators to be entertained for four hours not only by the racing, but also by the raceway. The atmosphere will be very friendly."

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