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For the second weekend in a row, we packed our bags and headed up to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, home of the world famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This weekend, the track hosted a much different event than last. One focused solely on a very special marque – Ferrari. The event, known as Ferrari Racing Days, featured two 458 Challenge races, as well as the 599XX / FXX and F1 Clienti programs running demonstration laps. Although there weren't as many F1 or XX cars as in 2011's event, there was definitely no shortage of on-track excitement.
Throughout 2011, Sub5Zero traveled across the globe to bring you coverage from an incredible variety of Motorsports events such as Goodwood Festival of Speed, X-Games, and MotoGP. As we celebrate the closing of 2011, and start planning the adventures we'll embark on in 2012, we decided to bring you some of our best moments from this year's events. Take a look past the break to see some of our favorite Motorsports photos from 2011.
We couldn't think of a better way to close out the 2011 season at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway than with more than 300 racing Porsches from all eras. Laguna Seca hosted Rennsport Reunion IV, the event's first West Coast appearance, on October 14th to 16th. Cars were divided into 8 Groups, featuring examples from all eras, including Speedsters, 917s, 935s, and even modern cars such as the RS Spyders that competed in the American Le Mans Series. Click past the break for more on our coverage of Rennsport including our massive photo gallery.
This past weekend Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway hosted the American Le Mans Series once again. And after completing 248 laps in 6 hours – the #007 Aston Martin Racing entry ended up on the top step of the podium. Patrick Long and Jorg Bergmeister in the #45 Flying Lyzards Porsche took the top honors in the highly competitive GT class. Click past the break to continue reading about all the action this weekend on the Monterey Peninsula.
Casey Stoner extended his MotoGP Championship lead over Jorge Lorenzo after winning this weekend’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca Raceway. Even after crashing heavily in qualifying, Jorge Lorenzo was still able to hold onto pole position for Sunday’s race. His lap time of 1’21.202 was only 0.072 seconds faster than Stoner’s best. Continue reading after the break for our recap of Sunday’s race as well as the rest of our coverage from Laguna Seca.
We continue our coverage of Ferrari Racing Days at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with the Ferrari Challenge Series. This weekend was the Series’ second stop in the 2011 Season, which began at Infineon Raceway in early May, and will finish in September at Miami Speedway.
For the first time this year, the Series features both the F430 Challenge as well as the brand 458 Challenge machines. Based on the road version of the 458 Italia, this track-only version is powered by the same 570 HP V8. But there were quite a few changes made to the car to prepare it for track duties. This included lowering the ride height by 30 mm, changing gear ratios allowing it for higher torque at lower revs, and installing 19” center-nut wheels and Pirelli racing slicks. The 458 Challenge car also features a brake system first developed for the 599XX. Throughout the weekend, the newer 458 Challenge cars lapped Laguna Seca about 2 seconds faster per lap than the older F430 Challenge.