Refuel Races Returns to Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway


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Sign up is now open for this once-in-a-lifetime chance to drive or ride YOUR electric vehicle on one of the world’s greatest racetracks. Register for REFUEL and you too can dive into the corkscrew like Rossi or take the Andretti hairpin like Mario himself.

Although it’s no longer free like it was when I first covered it in 2010, it’s still the cheapest track time at Laguna Seca. By far. $30 will get you 3 sessions, each limited to 35 participants. $20 more gets you an extra session, the time trial, for which you’ll need a transponder.

Zero racer Brandon Nozaki Miller covered it for us last year, because I really didn’t want to ride that great track on a slow pit bike again. This year, Brandon will be racing Pikes Peak, so it’s up to me to return to the happiest place on Earth.

I wanted to wait till I could do it on something fast. Well, now that I own an electric bike capable of doing respectable lap times at Laguna Seca, it’s time to return. I do hope Zero Motorcycles will be interested in loaning the Zero owners some extra batteries, if we wind up getting close to the limits, as it’s reported there will be quite a few of us at REFUEL this year.

While I was in Portland this week, I mentioned the event to some Brammo owners, so there’s a good chance we could have a real Brammo Empulse vs Zero S showdown among the actual owners. Brammo owners have some catching up to do- last year the results sheet shows Zero S owners with a strong lead. Press Release follows on next page, but first enjoy this video Speed Ventures put together:

Read the official press release on the next page.

Susanna Schick

Susanna is passionate about anything fast and electric. As long as it's only got two wheels. She covers electric motorcycle racing events, test rides electric motorcycles, and interviews industry leaders. Occasionally she deigns to cover automobile events in Los Angeles for us as well. However, she dreams of a day when Los Angeles' streets resemble the two-wheeled paradise she discovered living in Barcelona and will not rest until she's converted the masses to two-wheeled bliss.