ALMS at Laguna Seca – Monterey Sports Car Championships

cork-screwThe 2009 Monterey Sports Car Championships at Laguna Seca saw amazing action in ALMS GT2 class. Once again, Corvette racing and Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsches battled heavily with Risi Ferrari; so heavily that at the final lap of the race, Magnussen in the Corvette ended up hitting the wall hard, bumped by Bergmeister in the the Flying Lizard Porsche GT3. Everyone has seen and heard about this by now, but it’s certainly worth mentioning as one of the scary highlights of the year.

And with this being the final race of Gil de Ferran’s storied motorsports career, excitement was in the air from the start of the race. Fans had the opportunity to browse the paddock at Laguna Seca and get up close and personal with both the cars and the drivers prior to the start of the race. As Formula BMW cars and other sprint classes ran the track we had the opportunity to walk the paddock and capture shots of some of our favorite cars.

Following are a couple of pictures from our day out at the track:

TruSpeed GT3 Cup Cars:


Robertson Racing Ford GT (ALMS GT2):

Rahal-Letterman (RLR) BMW M3:

Drayson Racing Lola LMP1:


Farnbacher Porsche GT3 RSR:

Falken Tire Porsche GT3 RSR:

Dyson Lola Mazda LMP2:

Corvette Racing C6R (GT2):


Hall/VDS Penzzoil Champ Car (Driven By De Ferran in ’94-’95)

Laguna Seca is a track that every motorsports fan should visit at least once. There 2.238 mile track itself is a site to see, winding through the Monterey countryside hills. Watching races perched atop the hills near the corkscrew provides views nearly all the way down to the Pacific. Make sure you bundle up though because as the sun fades, the wind picks up and the fog rolls along it becomes a place where you need layers of clothing to stick around.

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