Google sets Street View for Laguna Seca racetrack

Google Maps now includes photos from the racetrack at Laguna Seca.

Street View of Laguna Seca
Google Maps will let you get on the track at Laguna Seca.Photo by Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Editors' note: Google has just informed us that the launch of this new feature will be delayed, and is not occurring on March 26. Google would not specify a date when the new feature will be launched.

On March 26, Google lets you get in the path of American Le Mans racers on the track at Mazda raceway Laguna Seca. Specifically, Google was able to roll one of its Street View trucks, which use a spherical camera to take 360-degree photos, around the track in front of the cars preparing for the final race of the 2008 American Le Mans season. You will be able to go to Laguna Seca on Google Maps, and place the Street View icon to see track features such as the famous Corkscrew, and get a sense of why it's so tricky.

Street View of Laguna Seca.
Currently, you can get a few good vantage points, like this view of the entry to the Corkscrew.Photo by Google Maps Street View, taken by Wayne Cunningham

Currently, you can use Google Maps Street View on the roads around the racetrack, and get some decent views of a few of the turns. But the new addition will let you get right on the track, in front of the Le Mans racers.