NASCAR's France Family Negotiating For Control Of Laguna Seca Racetrack (motorauthority.com)
John Coyle | Jun 25, 2015
Here's news that may make racing enthusiasts nervous: NASCAR's first family is interested in taking operational control of California's historic Laguna Seca circuit.
If the deal is successful, the France family's International Speedway Corporation would take over track management from the current group in charge, the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula.
But any deal for control for the famous track's future is fraught with peril.
Since Laguna Seca is owned by the Monterey County Parks Department, the public will get to voice concerns about any changes to the current arrangement, and those voices are likely to be hostile. Because with the noise and congestion surrounding events, race tracks don't always make the best neighbors.
And while millions of gearheads have dreamed of hurling their cars through the famous corkscrew, there are plenty of vocal locals who'd be happy if the track was closed forever to preserve the coastal area's peace and quiet.
To get on sound financial footing, the track needs more high-profile events—not fewer. Its finances are still feeling the loss of its MotoGP race in 2013.
But while many in the road-racing crowd may view NASCAR with derision, ISC currently operates over a dozen facilities in the United States. It constantly has to balance profitability with the concerns of neighboring communities. So its expertise in those areas could prove beneficial for Laguna Seca.
Stay tuned for news about the fate of one of the world's most cherished race tracks.
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They will keep the track the same but make it safer just like every other track NASCAR owns. For those that don't like NASCAR this will be a good thing because they will put money into the race track and bring other non NASCAR races to the track.
First glance at the thread heading my mind went to 'France' doing a cut and run when the Germans show up.
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I have been attending races at Laguna Seca for 37 years. I am not sure about this change if it happens. I can see pros and cons.
- SCRAMP is a non-profit organization which has donated a lot of money to local organizations over it's 58 years. This helps allow Laguna Seca to keep having races in a county park with more homes getting closer and closer to the track. I wonder what pull a for profit company well have against the people (with political connections) that start complaining about the track noise impacting their beautiful home re-sale values.
- I also worry about ticket, parking, and concession prices but that is not so much a concern as keeping the unique character of the track and local operating organization.
- I am sure ISC can do a great job operating the facility.
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