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Mazda Raceway (know to us locals as Laguna Seca) is the closest race track to my house- it’s only 10 miles from where I live and if I stand in a certain place in my backyard I can hear it when there are cars (or motorcycles) on track. I attended my very first race at that track (a CART race in the early 1990′s).  You might remember me mentioning it about a year ago when Ferrari North America brought me to my first Ferrari Racing Days hosted at the track. I had a great time with Ferrari (those are some beautiful cars).  It should be no surprise then that when I was offered free tickets to the American Le Mans Series race out at Mazda Raceway (Laguna Seca) that I snapped them up. I was extremely pleased that the there were 2 tickets because I could take my dad with me and that our tickets included access to the Paddock/Garage area.

When we first got to the track (it was right about 8:00 am) the Mazda Raceway was extremely foggy (as Misty would call it- serial killer fog). Let’s just say we were driving into the parking on North/South Boundary road and we nearly missed the turn out for the ticket check because it was just marked off with cones and hard to see.

Picture of the scoring pylon ensconced in fog at Mazda Raceway. See it was REALLY foggy. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

It was so foggy that they had postponed the first race (there were three different races that day).  That was actually okay by me because we felt like perusing the Paddock/Garage area anyway.  While waiting for the marine layer to lift we spent time taking pictures:

Pretty Pink Porsche- which I later found out was driven by Melanie Snow! I took a picture because I thought the car was pretty. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)

I felt a kinship to the sponsors on this Corvette- afterall Mobil 1 sponsors Tony Stewart and I just happen to be sporting my Mobil 1 /Tony Stewart bucket hat this day. (Photo Credit: Amy K. Marbach)