Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is one of my favorite racetracks to visit and watch races at, due in no small part to the variety of different vantage points and elevations that you can view the racing action from. On the other hand, that means a substantial amount of hiking around, and if you’re a photographer, lugging some heavy camera gear everywhere you go. But I love watching and shooting pictures of race cars at Laguna Seca, so when Bay Area Auto Scene offered me tickets to this year’s Pirelli World Challenge event, I of course said yes! I strapped my FitBit on and armed with camera lenses and a hearty breakfast, set off wandering the hills of Laguna Seca. On Saturday the race activities definitely had a Mazda-flavored taste to them. In between the qualifying and race session of the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car series, there were 3 separate race series of formula-style open-wheel racers, all powered by Mazda engines: the USF2000 Championship, ProMazda Championship, and the Indy Lights series. All in all a pretty action-packed race day and I snapped hundreds of pictures, most of which turned out blurry haha but I did pick out a good number that turned out OK. I’ll admit, by the end of the day I was tired enough that I was content to just watch the final race from the grandstand along the front straight. Final stats of the day: 15,393 steps walked, 6.95 miles of ground covered wandering all around the 2.2-mile long raceway.
Enjoy the photos in the gallery below.