It’s race day Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix. The skies are blue and clouds are few. It’s time for warm-ups and races.
The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship had its twenty minute warm-up interrupted by a Red Flag for MARTIN FUENTES/No.7 Starworks Motorsport ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet spun and stalled at Turn 11 bringing out the Red Flag for nine minutes.
Fastest in each class were: PC-OSWALDO NEGRI JR/No.60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Riley DP Ford; PC-SEAN RAYHALL/No.25 8Star Motorsports ORECA FLM09 Chevrolet; GTLM-ANTONIO GARCIA/No.3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7 R Chevrolet; and GTD-DION von MOLKE/No.35 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS Audi. The times were slower than Saturday’s speeds.
Polesitter MICHAEL LEWIS/No.98 Cmp.Mot/Curb-Agajanian won the first Sunday Porsche GT3 Cup race, flag to flag as leader. He was pretty excited afterwards, winning his first-ever California road race. He really likes “this legendary track.” Lewis got his start at 12 in quarter midgets and went through all those kinds of open wheel cars – except winged sprints, before going to Europe for three years racing formula cars. That transition wasn’t that difficult, he said. But, it was a ‘strange’ transition from European formula cars to sports cars. And he’s loving it.
The Motorsport Safety Foundation was created by HENRIQUE CISNEROS, who is wearing three hats (or helmet) this weekend. He’s co-owner of the No.30 MOMO/NGT Motorsport Porsche 911 GT America Porsche, co-driver in that TUDOR Championship GTD car, and he now has the foundation. Cisneros co-drove last year with SEAN EDWARDS, and Laguna Seca was the last race that Sean won before he was tragically killed as a passenger with driving student in a motorsports accident at Queensland Raceway in Australia. It was at that point Cisneros founded the Motorsport Safety Foundation, dedicated to improving safety standards in motorsport. MSF has several goals: to promote safety awareness, fund projects and provide solutions as well as having a forum for drivers and participants, such as volunteer race officials and marshals, to voice concerns.
At this weekend’s TUDOR Championship weekend, six MSF Volunteers will be doing Pit Notes. These ambassadors, as they think of themselves, are all volunteers, traveling to all the sports car races. They were mostly recruited from volunteer ranks of corner workers and other officials in Sports Car Club of America. At the beginning of the season Cisneros asked what he could do to help them be safe and do their job. As fire suits are no longer required in the pits at sports car races, the ambassadors asked for protective clothing. MSF, with help from MOMO, provided brand new triple-layer, 2014 spec fire suits which are being worn for the first time this weekend.