Carroll Shelby – fresh from the success of the Cobra – made the Mustang competitive in SCCA racing just a year after the Mustang’s April 1964 debut, winning three consecutive national championships in the new pony.
“The immediate success of the Shelby GT350 helped catapult the entire Mustang program onto the worldwide stage through its pure performance and reliability,” said the CEO of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Gill Campbell. “We’re thrilled to honor such an iconic American racing brand at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. We are also adding a special 1965-1972 Shelby GT350 Mustang race group to the schedule as a way to further highlight the marque.”
Held during Monterey Classic Car Week, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is America’s premier historic racing event and is, along with Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the highlight of the Monterey Classic Car Week. According to Racer, 550 race cars from back in the day (plus some that are their clones) compete in 15 different race groups.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be able to share one of the most iconic performance Mustang nameplates – the Shelby GT350 Mustang – with all of the Shelby enthusiasts and race fans at next year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion,” said Ford executive vice president of Global Marketing, Sales and Service, Jim Farley. “The new GT350 is a true testament to its heritage and builds on Carroll Shelby’s commitment to performance and racing, and we look forward to celebrating the car’s 50th anniversary and marking it with great racing next summer.”
The race will be held August 13-16, 2015 but tickets can be purchased starting on December 3rd, 2014 at MazdaRaceway.com.