Fans travel from all over the world to attend the thrilling Monterey Grand Prix, which was held at Laguna Sea from 1960 to 2004 before its triumphant return in 2019, now part of the IndyCar Series. Drivers race Indy cars—American open-wheel single-seater cars that are similar in appearance to Formula One vehicles. The “Indy car” name caught on due to the popularity of the Indianapolis 500, leading to all American Championship circuit cars being referred to with this name.
The IndyCar Monterey Grand Prix is often held toward the end of the season, which raises the stakes—often, this is the race that decides it all. The Monterey Grand Prix is famous for hosting legendary driver Mario Andretti’s final race prior to his 1994 retirement. Many of these drivers have also been thwarted by the daunting corkscrew turn—including Alex Zanardi, who in 1996 narrowly avoided a crash but made an iconic save.
Camping at Laguna Seca
Visitors to Laguna Seca love camping right on the grounds. Even during an off-season when no races are occurring, visitors to the track can make reservations to camp among the breathtaking and oak-covered Monterey Hills.
When a race is going on, Laguna Seca’s campground becomes a small village of RVs and tents! Visitors can make a reservation at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area for Premier Event Camping in a variety of locations—six of which are around the track. Some campgrounds even feature picnic tables and barbecue pits for easy cooking, while some offer the comforts of home, from bathroom facilities to hot showers. Arguably the most popular place to camp is the Corkscrew View Campground, which, as the name implies, offers campers incredible track views right next to the iconic Corkscrew turn.
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