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Sonoma, June 5, 2011: Amanda McLaren is Honorary Starter for Historic F1 and Can-Am races at Second Annual Motorsports Festival

With McLaren the featured marque at the Second Annual Motorsports Festival at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Bruce McLaren's only child, daughter Amanda, was on hand to be the Honorary Starter for the 1966-1974 Historic F1 and 1966-1974 Historic Can-Am race groups on Sunday, waving both the green and checkered flags. Each class showcased a number of McLarens, including the 1977 McLaren M23 that Danny Baker drove to victory in the F1 group, as well as Scott Drnek's fourth-place 1970 McLaren M14, along with three other McLarens.

In the Can-Am race group, which included 12 McLarens taking the flag, Chris MacAllister led a top-three McLaren sweep in his 1971 McLaren M8F, followed by Steve Cook in a 1968 McLaren M6B and Roger Williams in a 1970 McLaren M8E/F.

Ms. McLaren, who lives in Wellington, New Zealand, was just 5 years old when her famous father died in a testing accident in 1970. "I have a few, very small memories [of my father], but I'm not sure if that's film that I've subsequently seen or people telling me about him, or things I've read in books that kind of made up the image. But I'm very lucky in some respects in that there are a lot of people out there who do remember him who can tell me about him."

During her three-week U.S. tour, she visited the Indianapolis 500, and will see the Western States Horse Expo in Sacramento next week. "I always say, as long as it's got four legs or four wheels, then I'm interested in it," she said. As for her visit to this event featuring McLaren, "I think it's just lovely to see your family name on so many cars still and to have the marque remembered like this. It's a great event and it keeps the name going," she added.

Ms. McLaren also had an opportunity to take a ride in the Lamborghini pace car Sunday afternoon. “It was really very exciting. It’s the right color, for a start (orange and black, similar to the McLaren Can-Am cars), even if it’s the wrong marque,” she said, with a laugh. “Nice drive around. It’s a great circuit and it’s a real privilege to be here.”

Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Bicolore Paces the Field in Sonoma

A brand-new, orange-and-black 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Bicolore paced several of the Sunday afternoon race groups at the Second Annual Historic Motorsports Festival at Infineon Raceway.

"It's a pretty new model. It just got imported a couple of days ago," said Hans Lapine, the chief modeler for the Volkswagen Group in Santa Monica, Calif., (which owns Lamborghini) and a competitor here this weekend in a Porsche 914/6 GT.

"Lamborghini had an opportunity last year to provide a pace car for the first Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival and when they found out there was a second event scheduled this year, they opted to bring out another car. It was a huge success for them last year, so they wanted to repeat it.”

The car is powered by a 10-cylinder V 90-degree, DOHC 4-valve, 317.6 engine with a common-pin crankshaft. It is rear-wheel drive with limited slip differential, and has a 6-speed plus reverse gearbox. Top speed is rated at 199 mph, and is said to reach 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds.