Skills and Knowledge
Laguna Seca Raceway Track Guide
Address: 1021 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Salinas, CA Website: co.monterey.ca.us/government/government-links/weathertech-raceway Track Length: 2.238 miles (11 turns)
The most famous road course in California and known throughout the world, Laguna Seca was first opened in 1957 in order to move dangerous forest races onto a safer track.
Laguna Seca Raceway is named after the dry lakebed it's built on top of (Laguna Seca is dry lagoon in Spanish).
The most famous feature of this track is the "Corkscrew," made up of turns 8 and 8a. The Corkscrew is considered one of the most challenging turns in the motorsport world, requiring drivers to crest a hill right before diving blind into a 59-feet curving downwards plunge.
How do I get here?
From Monterey Salinas Hwy (68), you will see signs for Laguna Seca Recreation Area as you approach the turn in. There is no light here, so make sure to slow down as you get close to the turn lane if heading East or turning right if heading West. Once you enter, you will be greeted with the sign welcoming you to WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca, at which you immediately turn right (A Road) which will take you up a hill. You'll proceed up the hill (past manufacturer and car signs) until you reach a stop sign and check in office.
After the office, continue straight until you reach another welcome sign and intersection at which you keep right onto S Perimeter Rd. You should be able to see the raceway now. This road will take you on a bridge over the straight between turn 5 and turn 6 and into the paddock.
Tips from Track Manual
- There are two exits to get off the track, one at turn 10 which goes straight into the paddock and another on turn 11 which goes to the hot pits. Check with the event organizer for which one you should use.
- Make use of the rumble strips to utilize the full width of the track. However, beware the yellow pill boxes (ex. inside of turn 6), hitting those may end your track day early.
- Some people use the large area to the left of the entrance and left of when you enter the paddock from turn 10 to drive around and cool off their engine/brakes/turbo after sessions.
- Laguna Seca notoriously has low sound limits for many track days around 92db - the stock CA limit is 95db. Breaking sound limits can quickly end your track day, so be conscious of the sound tower when exiting turn 5. Some drivers immediately go to the left and coast after exiting 5, while others go to extreme lengths and angle their exhaust pipes to the left to lower sound detection.
- Beware of leaving food out around your vehicle in the paddock. Opportunistic seagulls are present.
- There’s a nearby rifle/pistol range if you want a different kind of thrill in between track days.
- Some common lingo:
- Turn 2 a.k.a The Andretti Hairpin
- Turn 8 & 8A a.k.a The Corkscrew
Laguna Seca track days for 2023
- 11/3 Lightspeed Track Events
- 11/3 Track Masters Racing
- 11/4 Hooked on Driving Northern California
- 11/13 NCRC
- 11/17-11/18 Speed District
- 11/19 PCA Diablo
- 11/25-26 Speed SF
- 11/27 Turn 8
- 12/2 Track Masters Racing
- 12/9-12/10 NCRC
- 12/12 Lightspeed Track Events
- 12/16-12/17 Speed SF
- 12/30-12/31 Speed SF