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Raceways in Northern California

Raceways in Northern California: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

Feel the rumble of engines and the ride the buzz of high-octane motorsports action at racetracks across the region. Watch races nearly every weekend from April through September in Northern California, with some competitions as early as February and as late as December.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Located near Monterey, the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosts auto and motorcycle racing on its paved road racing track. It’s the home of top competitions like the Superbike World Championship and the Monterey Sports Car Championships. In the Sacramento Valley, the Thunderhill Raceway Park near Willows features the longest road course in the country. The park is the venue for America’s longest auto race, the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

Watch fun races on a hilly, 12-turn course at the Sonoma Raceway, which also features a drag strip. Like short-track racing? Find great races at the Marysville Raceway, the Lakeport Speedway, and the NASCAR-sanctioned All American Speedway in Roseville.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Race Track

With over two miles of paved track, the Laguna Seca Race Track is located just outside the central California coast of Salinas. A premier attraction for race fans visiting Monterey or Salinas, the Mazda Raceway opened in 1957 as the Laguna Seca Raceway. It features exactly 2.238 miles of track and 11 turns.

Some of the major events hosted at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca include the United States Motorcycle Grand Prix, the American Le Mans Series, and the Monterey Historic Automobile Races. One of the most popular non-auto racing events held here is the Sea Otter Classic, a cycling event in April.