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SCRAMP May Be Replaced As Laguna Seca Manager
November 14, 2019
For 62 years, the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) has overseen the iconic Corkscrew race track that has hosted the NTT IndyCar Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
SCRAMP May Be Replaced As Laguna Seca Manager

The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), the managers of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, have received notice from the county of Monterey that their contract will not be extended, according to a report by RACER.

For 62 years, SCRAMP has overseen the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, which includes the iconic Corkscrew race track that has hosted the NTT IndyCar Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

“This news comes as a surprise to the SCRAMP organization,” SCRAMP CEO Tim McGrane said on a statement posted to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s Twitter account. “We were starting to make real progress on getting the facility and the raceway operations turned around and poised for the future, but it appears at this time we may not have the opportunity to see these plans through.

“As the existing facility operator, we were stunned by the fact that we were not provided the opportunity to discuss our proposal with the ACAO. The entire process has been unconventional, ranging from the bypassing of the County’s usual Request For Proposal (RFP) process, the announcement in mid-October requesting proposals from any interested parties with only two weeks’ notice, and complaints that SCRAMP had not met deadlines to submit a proposal when in fact a submission date had been agreed upon in May, and subsequently met, has been challenging.”

Monterey County, which owns the recreation area, has previously tried to end its relationship with SCRAMP in 2016. County officials were accepting bids for operators of the facility and received inquiries from two groups—Long Beach Grand Prix Founder Chris Pook’s World Automotive Championships and Friends of Laguna Seca, which included local motorsports supporters. A deal between the parties never materialized, however.

County officials reportedly received four proposals to take over track management by late October, although no candidates have been identified.

SCRAMP’s full statement can be seen, here.

For more information, visit weathertechraceway.com.