Masters Historic Racing USA made a West Coast stop at WeatherTech Raceway, Laguna Seca,  April 1st through 3rd. Masters brought two groups of cars to Laguna; the Masters Endurance Legends and Formula Atlantics. The Endurance Legends competed from January 1st, 1982, through December 31st 2017. These cars were eligible to run races such as Le Mans and Daytona 24 HoursSebring 12 Hours, and other endurance events. Also included are FIA Sportscar Championship 2001-2003 Prototypes. Lastly, IMSA 2014-2016 DP and GT Prototypes, Grand-Am, ALMS, and other feeder endurance series from 1982 to 2017. 

Audi R8 LMP1

Audi R8 LMP1
Travis Engen – Audi R8 LMP1 ©2022 Dennis Gray

For a car to be eligible, it must be prepared as it was when originally raced and be presented in its period livery. Hybrid vehicles do not qualify for the Series. Lastly, cars of significant historical value may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Each year the Masters Endurance class has grown and is now a collection of beautifully presented racers. Quick and noisy on track, they are clean and beautiful to inspect in the paddock.  

Jim Devenport and his Oreca 03 LMP2, Stephen Romak’s Pescarolo Morgan, and Spencer Trenery’s Riley Mk Xl Gen 1 DP are excellent examples of the fast cars in this class. 

Stephen Romak – Pescarolo Morgan ©2022 Dennis Gray

Also in this field are Porches and Audis. Bruce Leeson’s Audi R8 LMS and David Alvarado’s Porsche 997 GT3 are examples. Again beautifully prepared cars. 

Audi R8 LMS

Audi R8 LMS
Bruce Leeson – Audi R8 LMS ©2022 Dennis Gray

By Saturday’s race, these guys were tearing up Laguna Seca. I have two favorite spots to watch. From turn two, you can see the cars pop up over the hill towards turn one before dropping the anchor to slow before they power out, accelerating towards turn three. My second favorite spot is turn six, where you can watch the cars passing under the bridge on the driver’s far right in preparation for the quick sweeping left turn six, followed by heavy acceleration up the hill to the blind turn seven. Turns two and six allow these Masters Endurance cars to really show off their braking, acceleration, and ability to stick to the pavement. Good fun.

Todd Willing's 1978 MARCH 78B in turn five

Todd Willing's 1978 MARCH 78B in turn five
Todd Willing’s 1978 MARCH 78B in turn five. ©2022 Dennis Gray

The other Masters group here this weekend is the Masters Formula Atlantic Plus. This group comprises cars built to the appropriate Formula Atlantic under 2-liter regulations between 1969 and 1986, running in their original specification. Eligible vehicles will have raced in Formula Atlantic, Formula Super Vee, or Formula Two. In other words, open-wheel race cars with exposed drivers. 

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By: Dennis Gray
Title: 2022 Masters Historic Racing at Weathertech Raceway
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Published Date: Thu, 07 Apr 2022 19:05:03 +0000

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