SBRS Wins 10-Year Extension at Laguna

Thursday, November 03, 2005 LAKEVILLE, Conn. – The Monterey County Board of Supervisors this week unanimously approved an agreement that gives the Skip Barber Racing School a decade-long concession to operate at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the renowned race track within the Laguna Seca Regional Park. The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) operates the race track and is responsible for its racing events.

Skip Barber Racing has held the racing and driving school concession at Laguna Seca since 1996; the first concession agreement was for five years, as was the second, signed in 2001. The new 10-year agreement begins January 2006.

Aaron Hollander, CEO of Skip Barber, headed the negotiations with the county and said, ”Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a tremendously attractive facility, an excellent venue for us to continue holding our racing schools, defensive driving schools, amateur race series and numerous corporate events. SCRAMP and the Board are terrific partners, and we love being part of the fabric of this community.

”The Skip Barber OEM Events division is particularly happy, since it can now book significantly more dates at Laguna Seca, a venue often requested by those in the automotive industry,” Hollander added.

John Pinio, Monterey County director of parks, said, ”We look forward to the next 10 years with Skip Barber Racing, as all the revenue will be reinvested in the facility for many long overdue improvements: race track, campgrounds and the recreational facilities. In summary, this is a good deal for the county, SCRAMP, Skip Barber Racing and the race track.”

Rick Roso

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