Laguna Seca 480

Laguna Seca

Laguna Seca is set in the hills of California's Monterey peninsula at the US Army base of Fort Ord.

Laguna Seca is set in the hills of California’s Monterey peninsula at the US Army base of Fort Ord. Laguna is great for spectators and a true challenge to drivers, with its striking elevation change and the aptly named Corkscrew – the plunging left-right esses – at the top of the course. In 1988 a new section was opened across the infield lake after Turn 2, now a downhill hairpin. Bobby Rahal was almost unbeatable here early in his Champ Car career. But Gonzalo Rodríguez’s fatal accident at the Corkscrew while practicing for the 1999 race highlighted the constant need to improve safety in the sport.

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Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.238 (Miles)

Change

Circuit repaved, Turns 10 and 11 re-profiled to improve entry to the pit lane

Fastest Race Lap

Alessandro Zanardi (Reynard 96I-Honda), 1m10.148, 114.854 mph, Champ Cars, 1996

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Helio Castroneves (Reynard 2KI-Honda), 1m07.722, 118.969 mph, Champ Cars, 2000

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.214 (Miles)

Change

Infield section built from Turn 2 to Turn 5

Fastest Race Lap

Paul Tracy (Penske PC23-Ilmor), 1m12.959, 109.245 mph, Champ Cars, 1994

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Jacques Villeneuve (Reynard 95I-Ford), 1m09.625, 114.477 mph, Champ Cars, 1995

Type

Permanent road course

Length

1.9 (Miles)

Change

Original circuit

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Mario Andretti (Lola T87/00-Chevrolet), 52.926s, 129.238 mph, Champ Cars, 1987

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