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Old 08-06-2015, 08:50 PM   #1
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Keep Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Local

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The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP), a not-for-profit organization, built and has managed Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca since 1957. Countless local volunteer hours have gone into the facility, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated to civic organizations and millions of dollars have flowed into Monterey County businesses as a result.

SCRAMP wants to keep operating the world-renowned facility it has built. Please read the following (and attached) open letter, the facts vs. fiction and important background information for how you can help Keep Laguna Seca Local.

Open Letter to the Public from*Gregg Curry, SCRAMP Board President

The Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) built what is known today as Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 1957. Laguna Seca was created by a Federal Land grant to provide a safe and dedicated facility for racing. The land was originally a part of Fort Ord but was deeded to the county in 1974 to administer the land with a concession agreement to operate the facility with SCRAMP.

SCRAMP is a non-profit organization that has served the community for nearly 60 years, which annually donates more than $250,000 of its proceeds to 60-70 local charities and civic organizations. SCRAMP has grown from presenting a single motor sports event in 1957 to annually producing five major events which generate a $200 million economic benefit for Monterey County. More than 300 local community members annually commit thousands of hours volunteering at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the love of motorsports in Monterey County.

We are a local, active and highly visible member of the community dedicated to bringing world-class racing events to the Monterey Peninsula — benefiting our race fans, sponsors, charitable organizations and our community.

SCRAMP has invested more than $50 million in the Laguna Seca facility, and we continue to be committed to upgrading Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to enhance the overall experience for spectators, sponsors, participants and visitors.*

Since January 2014, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors has conducted closed-session meetings to discuss a new Concession Agreement without SCRAMP’s knowledge. These closed-session meetings resulted in the Board of Supervisors entering into a 90-day due diligence agreement with International Speedway Corporation (ISC) to take over management and operation of the raceway. ISC is a for-profit, publicly traded corporation based in Daytona Beach, Fla., whose primary business is the ownership and management of NASCAR race tracks.

SCRAMP is requesting a fair and open process where we will be given equal consideration to continue to improve and manage operations of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and that this process be held in the open with the benefit of public participation and review.

We urge you to contact your Monterey County Supervisor to support and request consideration of SCRAMP to keep revenue local for the benefit of our community and to continue the legacy SCRAMP established in 1957. We, your neighbors and friends, ask for your support.

Sincerely,
Gregg Curry SCRAMP Board President

Contact Your Monterey County Supervisor Now
District 1: Fernando Armenta:*district1@co.monterey.ca.us (831) 755-5011
District 2: John Phillips: district2@co.monterey.ca.us **(831) 755-5022
District 3: Simon Salinas: district3@co.monterey.ca.us* *(831) 755-5033
District 4: Jane Parker:*district4@co.monterey.ca.us* *(831) 755-5044
District 5: Dave Potter:*district5@co.monterey.ca.us* (831) 755-5055




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