It was appropriate that the Zak Brown-owned Lola T332, in the hands of Richard
Dean, won the Formula 5000 race at the
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. When the
last professional F5000 race was held at
Monterey 40 years earlier, it was won by
Mario Andretti in the same car.
Snapshots into the past are at the heart
of vintage racing, and there were plenty at
this year’s RMMR over four competition
days – two for practice sessions, followed by
a weekend of races – for 15 groups of cars.
Just as appropriate as the T332’s win
was an ex-James Hunt McLaren M26
finishing ahead of Niki Lauda’s Ferrari
312 T2 in the F1 race, when Robert
Kauffman headed home Chris MacAllister.
Shelby Mustang GT350s, as the event’s
special marque, also enthralled the fans.
“It was an amazing celebration of the
50th anniversary of the mighty Shelby
GT350, with 38 cars in one group being
paced by Henry Ford III and taking the
green flag from Carroll Shelby’s grandson,
Aaron Shelby,” said Gill Campbell, CEO
of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Dick Deluna and his 1917 Hall-Scott
“The Four-A-7A” was awarded the most
coveted “Spirit of Monterey” prize, to
honor the driver who most “excelled in
Said Rolex Watch USA president and
CEO Stewart Wicht, “Passion for endurance,
innovation and tradition are a few of the
values Rolex shares with partnerships in
Formula 1, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24
Next year’s RMMR (Aug. 18-21) will
honor BMW on its 100th anniversary.