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November 26, 2021

Velocity Invitational brings food and wine to motorsports event

Vintage racing weekend set for Nov. 12-14 at Laguna Seca

SALINAS — Velocity Invitational brings a luxury food, wine and motorsports festival to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas on Nov. 12-14.

The family-friendly event features catered local cuisine and food trucks, while wine, spirit and champagne pavilions offer samples and signature cocktails. In the Sip and Savor pavilion, presented by Taylor Farms, there will be tastings from over 16 wineries, while artwork by former Formula 1 driver Stefan Johansson adorns the walls.

More than 30 vendors will be present at the event, which will also include live entertainment and hospitality venues throughout the weekend.

“The Velocity Invitational is about more than just the cars,” said event founder Jeff O’Neill. “We put together an event that is approachable and fun for everyone. We created an environment where visitors will find and enjoy things they are passionate about and hopefully discover or learn something new along the way. Whether you’re into food, wine or motorsports, we have something for you.”

Velocity Invitational will also feature a nighttime enduro race between a field of 1960s Ford Mustang race cars and race-prepared classic Mini Coopers. The special race will take place Friday, Nov. 12, from 4:50 to 5:40 p.m., and is open to anyone with tickets to the event for the day.

More than 30 cars will take part in the race under the stars to kick off a weekend of vintage racing, food and wine. The race will begin at dusk and continue into the dark of night.

A second daytime “Mustangs vs. Minis” race is planned for Sunday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 5 p.m., closing out the weekend.

Guests under the age of 15 get free entry when accompanied by a parent or guardian, and former and active members of the military will receive free entry on Nov. 12 in honor of Veterans Day. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit velocityinvitational.com.

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