Race Groups Announced for Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of IMSA as Featured Marque

MONTEREY, Calif., November 19, 2018 – The 2019 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is 269 days away, yet plans are already in high gear as the seven-person selection committee has been finalizing the 14 run groups. An anticipated 1,000 entry requests are expected to be received for the limited 550 grid positions that race August 15-18, 2019 at Monterey County’s legendary WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. And when the entries are in, that’s when the selection committee takes on the formidable task of evaluating each car for its documented race history, authentic livery and mechanical presentation to the day it raced.

Photographed at the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Bob Akin’s No. 5 Porsche 962 was one of the most recognizable and popular cars in the heyday of the IMSA GTP era with its bright red paint scheme, proudly carrying Coca-Cola sponsorship. (photo: Bob Heathcote)

The run groups evolved slightly for 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), which is the year’s featured marque. It is the first time a racing series has been so honored and will provide a dynamic atmosphere in the paddock with an unprecedented variety of cars with past and present racing personalities from throughout IMSA’s rich history.

2019 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion Groups

Pre-1940 Sports Racing, Touring and Race cars, and 1927-1951 Racing Cars
1955-1961 Sports Racing (under/over 2000cc)
1966-1972 Trans-Am
1961-1966 GT under 2500cc
1963-1966 GT Over 2500cc
1967-1981 Formula Ford
IMSA Prototypes – GTP, WSC, LMP, DP
1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT cars
1955-1964 GT
2 Liter Sports Racers thru 1984
1973-1981 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX, AAGT
1967-1984 Formula One
1981-1991 IMSA GTO/GTU
1990-2011 Endurance Legends

Car owners and drivers may begin the online entry process December 3 through WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s website at www.WeatherTechRaceway.com.

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the largest event of the famed Monterey Classic Car Week held each August, which transforms scenic Monterey into the worldwide epicenter for automobile and classic car enthusiasts, as well as for automobile manufacturers looking to engage customers. There will be a week full of events for entire families, such as autograph sessions, book signings, stage interviews, pit tours and so much more.

Monterey Classic Car Week officially begins August 10 and 11 with the Monterey Pre-Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca where 300-plus race cars in 10 groups will be competing and tuning up for the big week that follows.

2019 Monterey Pre-Reunion Groups

1955-1961 Sports Racing (under/over 2000cc)
1961-1966 GT under 2500cc
1963-1966 GT over 2500cc
1967-1981 Formula Ford
IMSA Prototypes – GTP, WSC, LMP, DP
1955-1964 GT
2 Liter Sports Racers thru 1984
1973-1981 FIA IMSA GT GTX AAGT
1967-1984 Formula One
1981-1991 IMSA GTO/GTU

VIP hospitality packages, multi-day and individual day tickets, and preferred parking are on sale by visiting www.WeatherTechRaceway.com or by calling 831-242-8200. For information on becoming an exhibitor, please call the sales team at 831-242-8227.