In a 4-1 super majority vote, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday adopted a resolution that green lights funding for significant renovations to take place in the next 18 months at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca as part of the five-year capital improvement program.
The track surface itself will be repaved for the first time since 2007, a new start/finish bridge will be constructed that will provide greater pedestrian flow and allow golf cart crossings, and the Turn 3 paddock pavilion will see considerable enhancements.
The timeline for the projects will be confirmed in the coming weeks, but the goal remains November 2022 through April 2023.
The Laguna Seca Recreation Area, which is home to the race circuit and scenic campground, is owned by the County of Monterey.
“I want to thank the supervisors and county staff who paved the way for us to begin the much-needed improvements to this world-renowned race track and recreation area for current and future generations,” said track president and general manager John Narigi.
“The investment is a significant step toward keeping this valuable economic engine running smoothly for the benefit of residents and businesses throughout Monterey County.”
A number of business leaders, community groups and service organizations voiced their support of the improvements, which will provide the foundation for future events and benefit tourism in Monterey County.