Wow, what a weekend! The Porsche Owners Club (POC) made its annual pilgrimage to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this past weekend for three great track days, some good food and drink, and a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Of course, the highlights of the weekend were primarily on the track with great racing in all three race classes on both days. In fact, this was some of the best amateur racing I have seen: competitive and clean. The Porsche Owners Club had four run groups throughout the weekend at Laguna Seca – three Race groups and a Time Trial group – and also shared the track with Speed Ventures, who had one run group.
If you ever have a chance to drive at Laguna Seca, the same place that ALMS and Grand-Am race today and IndyCar raced in the past, you MUST take advantage of it. There’s no track in SoCal that’s even really close to Laguna Seca. One of the unexpected highlights of the weekend was a track walk led by Kelly Collins. Walking the track gives a completely different feel and appreciation for the driving/racing lines, corner camber, and elevation changes than you get from driving the track. At Turns 5, 6, and 10 you really get a sense of how the camber can help you carry serious speed thru these corners. Of course, walking the corkscrew is something else as well.
In this case, add in the professionalism & organization of the Porsche Owners Club, excellent cooperation with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track management, and also a worthy fundraiser, and it was truly an unforgettable weekend!