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ROAD & TRACK NAMED TITLE SPONSOR OF U.S. SPORTS CAR INVITATIONAL

Jul 23, 2003

MONTEREY, Calif. (July 23, 2003) - In a marriage of two icons of the automotive and racing world, Road & Track magazine and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca are partnering to create the Road & Track U.S. Sports Car Invitational.

Vintage Can-Am cars and historic stock cars will co-headline the Road & Track U.S. Sports Car Invitational, October 3-5, 2003. The two headliners will compete in separate races on the legendary 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course located on the scenic Monterey Peninsula.

The weekend is a festival of sports car racing featuring modern-day and vintage Porsches, a Mini Mania, featuring both the historic and contemporary version of the Mini, and FIA GT sports cars. Off-track activities for the weekend include the return of the popular "Brats & Brews" festival area in the paddock, where race fans can sample craft beers and bratwursts in an Oktoberfest-like setting.

"Road & Track, like Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, holds a special place with automotive and racing enthusiasts," said Gill Campbell, general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. "We're proud that they recognize the value of this event and our facility and look forward to a long-term and mutually-beneficial relationship."

"We are delighted to be partnering with the prestigious Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, an important staple in the racing world. This venue is an ideal and attractive setting for our media partners and for auto enthusiasts, alike," said Ed Abramson, vice president and publisher, Road & Track.

Log on to www.roadandtrack.com/zoom to enter for a chance to win a trip to the Road & Track U.S. Sports Car Invitational and a chance to win an all-new Mazda RX-8. Three semi-finalists will be provided with the critically acclaimed Mazda 6 to drive for the weekend and stay at the famous Inn at Spanish Bay. One lucky winner will drive home in an all-new Mazda RX-8. Other event prizes include a Skip Barber Racing School gift certificate and Mazda and Road & Track gear.

Road & Track U.S. Sports Car Invitational tickets are on sale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.laguna-seca.com and www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-327-SECA(7322). Parking is free, as are children under 12 when accompanied by an adult with a ticket.

 

About Road & Track

Road & Track provides its readers with the most comprehensive enthusiast automotive publication in the world. America's oldest enthusiast car magazine, Road & Track is backed by 54 years of authoritative journalism, and is America's primary source for in-depth Formula 1 racing coverage, while also covering CART, IRL, NASCAR and sports car racing. As the creator of the first instrumented road tests among American publications, Road & Track delivers complete vehicle and performance data. Road & Track is published by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc. (HFM U.S.), the New York-headquartered subsidiary of Hachette Filipacchi Medias, the world's largest magazine publisher. HFM U.S. reaches nearly 50 million readers in the U.S. through its 17 titles which also includes American Photo, Boating, Car and Driver, Car Stereo Review's Mobile Entertainment, Cycle World, ELLE, ELLE Decor, ELLEgirl, Flying, Home, Metropolitan Home, Popular Photography & Imaging, Sound & Vision, Woman's Day and Woman's Day Special Interest Publications. In addition to the magazines, HFM U.S. includes custom publishing, integrated marketing, database and market research as well as Hachette Enterprises. HFM U.S. also works in coordination with Lagardere Active North America on its Internet, television and other electronic initiatives that utilize HFM U.S. brands and content. Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc. (HFM U.S.) is a subsidiary of Hachette Filipacchi Medias, a division of Lagardere SCA.

About Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

 

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is operated by SCRAMP, which was chartered in 1957 to benefit local charitable and non-profit groups, and to promote economic vitality in the surrounding area. SCRAMP distributed $371,873 from proceeds from the 2002 race season to local organizations. In addition to the more than $10 million SCRAMP has donated to the community over the years, events at the track pump an estimated $100 million into the area economy each racing season, thus supporting local businesses and tourism.


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