European Car is proud to announce that we are the official media partner for the upcoming Global Tuner Grand Prix. Mark your calendars for when the best of the world come together over the course of three days from October 22-24, 2010 to battle it out at the world renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The raceway has done away with their strict noise restrictions for a competition unlike any other in North America.
For more information on the Grand Prix, read their Press Release below and check out www.globaltunergp.com.
ABOUT THE GLOBAL TUNER GRAND PRIX
This is the only event of its kind in North America where the best tuners and racers in the world will compete for the fastest lap time around this legendary circuit. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is the only track in North America where lap times for production cars are recognized by major manufacturer's world wide as well as the media from around the world. A lap time here is used as a measuring stick for a vehicles performance. (Equivalent to Nurburgring in Germany) The GTGP is the Main Event of the weekend with ALMS style open grid for teams and spectators.
Unlike similar events held at remote race tracks, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a world renown racing facility and the GTGP captures world renown automotive performance companies and enthusiasts. The GTGP is where the best in the world will compete head to head over the course of 3 days. Top manufactures, tuners, drivers and teams from around the world will converge on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for 3 days of competition. Whether you are in the GTGP or the GTGP Challenge race you will experience the best that motorsport has to offer, from the competitors, vendors, manufactures to spectators and fans. This is an event not to be missed as the world will be watching the best in the business go to battle.
The GTGP consists of 3 classes of cars, open to all Import, European and Domestic vehicles. This includes Street, Tuner and Unlimited. The 3 different classes each are bracketed in 3 categories that include FWD, RWD and AWD. In addition to these 3 classes GTGP will accept experienced Time Trial and Auto X competitors. We welcome all the top performance tuners in the world including all manufactures.
THE GTGP Challenge Race is an all out wheel to wheel no holds barred 50 minute sprint race. The best of the best will compete for the top of the podium. Staged as a wheel to wheel race where anything can happen and the competition will be fierce. The field will consist of 60 entries of mixed makes and models. Automobiles will range from Porsche Cup, to Corvette, Viper, Skyline, EVO, STI, BMW M3 and more.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a paved race track, originally constructed in 1957 near Monterey, California, USA. The current racetrack is 2.238 miles (3.602 km) in length with a 300 foot (91 m) elevation change. It has eleven turns, including the famous "Corkscrew" at Turns 8 and 8A. The first race was held on November 9, 1957 won by a Ferrari. In the intervening years, the track has hosted USRRC, Can Am, Trans-Am, Formula 5000, IMSA GT, Champ Car, American Le Mans Series, Grand American, Monterey Historic Automobile Races, World Challenge, AMA,WSBK Superbike World Championship and Moto GP.
For over 50 years top manufactures have tuned and tested at this facility, major championships have been decided here and history has been made in all forms of motorsport at this legendary circuit. Today major automotive magazines along with top manufactures rely on this circuit to be a measuring stick to judge a cars performance. This is the only track in North America that rewards a complete package in terms of a vehicles performance and is also recognized by every automotive manufacture in the world.
The 11 turn configuration is one of the most challenging racing circuits in the world with each corner and each straightaway testing both man and machine and pushing them beyond limits, yet each section offers different challenges. A lap time recorded at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a testament to both a driver's skill and a car's performance and is recognized around the world.