Professional racing returns to the Fleet Week Coronado Speed Festival in San Diego, Calif., Sept. 21-22, which has been the setting for vintage auto racing for the past 16 years. The SCCA Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Circuit is an official event for the second year. The MX-5 Cup series, which consists of 11 races held on eight high-profile race weekends, is the entry level of production car-based competition in SCCA Pro Racing.
“Part of what makes a professional’ race special is in going places that club racers cannot,” says John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports. “The MX-5 Cup racers loved their debut at Coronado in 2012 and are looking forward to this year’s race. Racing on the Navy base was indeed very special to all of our drivers and teams, and the awards ceremony on the Navy ship was nothing less than amazing.”
Once again this year, all active duty, active reserve and their direct-dependent military ID-holders will enjoy free admission to this year’s event. Active duty military, active reservists and dependent ID-holders will not need tickets and will enter through a specially designated gate. Admission is free for children 12 and under, both military and non-military.
The Coronado Speed Festival at Fleet Week features racing and exhibitions for car enthusiasts of all ages. Staged at Naval Air Station North Island, the birthplace of Naval Aviation, it’s the only place to see live racing on an active U.S. Navy runway. Proceeds for the event benefit the San Diego Fleet Week Foundation and the Navy Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) program.
Find Coronado Speed Festival at www.facebook.com/coronadospeedfestival.