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
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
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."