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Iconic US track threatened by lawsuit from local residents

The Laguna Seca Circuit features one of the most iconic corners in the world - but could it soon be denied a place on racing calendars?

VeeKay Laguna 2023
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Racing at Laguna Seca, one of the most iconic race tracks in the world and home to the famous 'corkscrew' corner, is under threat from a local residents group.

Laguna Seca is the home of the IndyCar finale, and in 1996, the iconic Corkscrew was the scene of the famous overtaking move by Alex Zanardi on Bryan Herta that became known as "The Pass."

However, the local resident group - Highway 68 - has issued a lawsuit against the track for the increased pollution, noise and traffic congestion the venue generates through track days and championship events.

The group aims to prevent any more racing from taking place at Laguna, claiming it to be a "public nuisance."

Racing has been taking place at the California circuit since 1957, but the group claims the land it sits on was not approved to be used for driving or racing of cars.

In documents submitted to the Superior Court of the State of Monterey, the group argues that in the past three years, Laguna's track activity has increased compared to the 1971-2021 period - and as such wants to cease all activity at the 2.2-mile track.

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