Laguna Seca >> Famed motorcycle racer and Monterey-area resident Wayne Rainey’s legacy will be celebrated along with the local raceway where he excelled with a large mural painted on plywood by a Salinas artist to mark the 60th anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The 18-foot-wide, 12.5-foot-tall depiction of Rainey, the three-time Grand Prix motorcycle champion in the early 1990s who was paralyzed during a 1993 race, was created by Salinas’ John Cerney from a still photograph by Mike Doran.
The mural depicts Rainey riding a red and white Yamaha YZR500 adorned with the No. 1 and clad in red and white racing gear.
The work was commissioned by raceway founder and longtime manager the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula. It is located on a hillside at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area above Monterey-Salinas Highway.
Cerney said the mural adds a “nice splash of color on the hill to get people revved up about the racing and the track itself,” adding that Rainey — who serves as president of MotoAmerica — served as a real inspiration.
“Knowing the story of Wayne Rainey makes the painting mean more to me,” Cemey said. “I treat it with care knowing it is a racing legend who was brought down early in his career and is still active in the field.”
Rainey’s 1989 Yamaha motorcycle, which he rode to the first of three straight U.S. Grand Prix victories at Laguna Seca, will be part of the Racing Through the Decades feature display during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca Aug. 17-20. The display will feature well-known racing machines from the raceway’s 60-year…
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