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Rainey elected to board at Laguna Seca

Rainey elected to board at Laguna Seca

Rainey elected to board at Laguna Seca

Former 500cc World Champion Wayne Rainey will be directly involved in the organisation of the 2005 Red Bull US Grand Prix after being elected to the board of directors of the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), the non-profit organisation that operates major racing events at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

SCRAMP, a non-profit organisation chartered to benefit local charitable and other non-profit groups, has operated Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca since its opening in 1957 and race events at the circuit have resulted in more than $10 million being distributed to Monterey Peninsula and Central California groups for youth programs and community service projects, with more than $1 billion generated in revenue for area businesses.

Following a nine-week break to complete track improvements begun in the off-season, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix July 8-10 will have the eyes of the world focused on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca when the MotoGP World Championship returns to the USA for the first time since 1994.

Support races for the event include a doubleheader for the American Motorcycle Association's (AMA) U.S. Superbike Championship. Additional support races will be announced in the near future.

The full 2005 calendar for the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was announced recently, including the 32nd Annual Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races Presented by Chrysler and the Champ Car World Series, pending final negotiations with the series. Support races for the weekend should include the Trans-Am, Toyota-Atlantic and Formula BMW Championships.

Their season closes in impressive fashion in October with the American Le Mans Series in the Monterey Sports Car Championships, featuring many of the cars and drivers that compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The weekend schedule will also include the SPEED World Challenge and Star Mazda Series.

"The 2004 season was one of the best in the 47 year history of this circuit so it was a challenge to put together a schedule that met or exceeded our customers' expectations," said Gill Campbell, general manager and CEO of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

"But adding the Rolex Sports Car Series and the MotoGP World Championship to our Monterey Historic, Champ Car and American Le Mans events, we feel we're producing the best season ever in the history of this great facility."

General admission tickets and paddock passes for the 2005 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix are on sale now, including reserved grandstand, individual hospitality and camping sites. Fans can log on to to purchase tickets or get additional information.

MotoGP, 2004

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