Historic Motor Sports Association Opens 2020 Season at Historic Laguna Seca

MONTROSE, CA (Jan. 23, 2020) – When asked why HMSA members, racers and staff open the season at Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca in picturesque Monterey, Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) President Cris Vandagriff certainly has a list of reasons. 

He is, however, a racer by nature. So the first item he ticks off the list? Sound.

“We can run at 105 dBs and that is pretty generous,” Vandagriff said. “For most people it will be the first race of the season and it’s a great way to shake off the cobwebs from the offseason for the driver and the car. It’s low key but an exciting way to start a new season.”

HMSA returns to Laguna Seca March 7-8 for the season opener at what the organization considers its home track — famously known for epic events and the “Corkscrew” turn. 

“You don’t get many opportunities to run Laguna Seca,” Vandagriff said. “People come from all over the world to experience the Corkscrew. The track is super fast, technical and has this allure. Laguna Seca is Laguna Seca. It’s an iconic track and it never fails we get people who come for the first time and are in total awe of the track and the cars. And for good reason too. The track is dramatic and has an incredible history.”

The HMSA Spring Club event is the first of two events that Vandagriff and his team will be racing in Monterey. HMSA returns to the oceanside facility in August for the Pre-Reunion and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.  

“The spring event is special for so many reasons,” Vandagriff said. “It’s a beautiful time of year to go there because the hills are still green, the atmosphere is exciting because it’s been a few months since everyone has seen each other or raced. It’s a wonderful thing to start a season at Laguna Seca.”

The 2020 schedule of events for the sanctioning body that requires period correct race cars can be found at www.hmsausa.com and features some of the longest-running events in the country.

About Historic Motor Sports Association

HMSA serves as the sanctioning body for premiere historic racing events such as the world famous Monterey Historic Automobile Races and remains the only organization to mandate the cars race as they were and not what they could have been (historically correct within time period the car originally raced).