Two Enduros, Two Weekends in a Row, on Two Coasts:
To celebrate our 60th birthdays Doug and I decided to do one of our all-time-top bucket list tracks: Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway, in the beautiful golden hills just outside Monterey, California. It so happens that this year is also the 60th anniversary of the opening of Laguna Seca, a track famous for its steep elevation changes, fast and blind hill-topping corners; but most famous for "The Corkscrew", a scary, blind, double switch-back at the crest of a hill that gives the sensation of driving the race car over a cliff! We rented seats in one of two Million Ways To Die Miatas, for the July 15 - 16 ChumpCar 14 - Hour Endurance race, split into seven hours on Saturday and seven hours on Sunday (Laguna Seca isn't lit at night). Pro motorcycle road racers Ted Rich and Elaine Carpenter run Million Ways To Die (in addition to ChumpCar racing they also do Mojave Mile Land Speed Record runs, fly airplanes, plus a variety of other adrenaline-charged activities). Doug and I shared the car with Elaine and Spike (both very fast!). The track exceeded all our expectations for thrills, and we finished the full 14 hours, 8th in class and 20th overall. Here's some video from Laguna Seca:
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Doug Davidson and Bruce Hunt co-drive the Cool Parts Racing Improved Touring "A" Mazda Miata in SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) endurance and sprint races at some of the most famous racing venues in the world: Sebring, Daytona, Palm Beach International Raceway, and Homestead Motorsports Park. Cool Parts, global supplier of transport refrigeration unit parts, headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, is our primary sponsor.
The following weekend, July 23, we raced our own ITA Miata in a 1.5-hour enduro, qualifying 2nd and finishing 3rd (we've become accustomed to winning when we race at Sebring, but, you can't win them all). Here's some Sebring video:
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