Monterey, CA — A new era has begun at Laguna Seca Recreation Area, home to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, as President and General Manager John Narigi revealed a new management team with years of experience at the County of Monterey’s 542-acre multi-purpose complex.
Narigi comes to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca after 40-plus years in in the hospitality sector, where he oversaw numerous turnarounds that took major underperforming properties into profitable ventures. He’s also received numerous accolades from Monterey associations for his contributions to improving the business landscape throughout the county.
Returning to WeatherTech Raceway after seven months in San Diego is Barry Toepke, who becomes Director of Marketing and Communications and the event manager for the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, one of the pillars of Monterey Classic Car Week each August. Toepke spent 10 years internally at Laguna Seca managing communications and historic racing and was integral in growing the event’s popularity after he first became involved in 1989.
The passion for WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca extends from Wayne Rainey — Monterey resident, MotoAmerica co-founder and three-time world champion — who brings his racing series to his home track, to the people who run its daily operations. Together, the team has nearly 100 years’ experience at Laguna Seca that ensures each activity runs seamlessly and successfully.
The team (in alphabetical order):
Matt Brady, Track Manager
Brandy Falconer, Communications Manager
Steve Fields, Sr. VP of Sales
Rick Garcia, Director of Facilities
Mark Mathe, Director of Operations
Kathy Muller, Retail Manager
Lisa Saclayan, Ticket Manager
Jeanie Sumners, Marketing Manager
Aaron Tharpe, Director of Sales and Sponsorships
Barry Toepke, Director of Marketing and Communications
Judy Varley, Track Rental Coordinator
These individuals have played integral roles in the success of not only the Rolex Reunion, but the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and last year’s inaugural Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey that welcomed IndyCar back to the storied race circuit.
“I am incredibly proud of the entire team who has shown immense passion and dedication to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and in their desire to work as a team to think out of the box and work toward exceeding all guests’ expectations,” Narigi added.