Laguna Seca Tag

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer MONTEREY, California – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced Saturday that Takuma Sato will stay with the team in 2020. Sato’s 2019 season has no doubt been his strongest of his 10-year NTT IndyCar Series career, scoring wins at Barber Motorsports Park and World Wide Technology Raceway, the most he’s won in a season. In addition to his victories, he has two more podiums to his name and led the field to the green flag twice at Barber and Texas Motor Speedway, which has played an intricateRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer MONTEREY, California – In the closing minutes of Friday afternoon’s practice, Ryan Hunter-Reay maximized his red compound Firestone tires to set a scorching time of 1:09.9105, putting him on top of the board at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Hunter-Reay dethroned rookie points leader Felix Rosenqvist by 0.0200 seconds and when comparing his No. 28 DHL Honda after Thursday’s two test sessions, Hunter-Reay felt better about it but his concern shifted towards the tricky nature of the 2.238-mile circuit. His goal is to avoid making any mistakesRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer MONTEREY, California – The three NTT IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year title contenders swept Friday morning’s practice charts at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with Colton Herta being both fastest and snake bitten by “The Corkscrew” to close out the 45-minute session. Herta’s time of 1:10.7335 was just 0.0719 seconds faster than rookie points leader Felix Rosenqvist. Santino Ferrucci rounds out the top-three as he was 0.1502 seconds behind. In the closing seconds of practice, Herta’s rear of his No. 88 Capstone Turbine Corporation Honda lockedRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer MONTEREY, California – From second fastest in Thursday morning’s two-hour testing session to fastest in the four-hour afternoon session, 19-year-old Colton Herta once again got people noticing his raw talent. This time being at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca where he set the top overall time of 1:10.0720, out performing Will Power by 0.4663 seconds. The rookie felt he was able to get a proper feel on the Firestone tires which was his goal in the combined six-hour session. “It means a lot. We’re all trying to goRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer MONTEREY, California – For the second straight year, Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay could play a major role on the NTT IndyCar Series championship despite being seventh in points. That’s because his teammate Alexander Rossi is one of four drivers competing for the championship in Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Last year at Sonoma Raceway, Rossi lost the title battle while Hunter-Reay finally captured that elusive victory. It proved to be a huge deal for Hunter-Reay coming out of “Wine Country”Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Nothing will be different for Alexander Rossi, heading into a vital 67th career NTT IndyCar Series start at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Rossi has a pivotal task at hand and that’s overcoming a 41-point deficit and dethrone fellow American Josef Newgarden to become the new champion. What Rossi can’t afford is have another finale fiasco like he endured a year ago on the opening lap at Sonoma when he ran into the back of Marco Andretti, costing him dearly as Scott Dixon, who had the betterRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The NTT IndyCar Series paddock hasn’t seen the last of Conor Daly this season as he’ll be back with Andretti Autosport for the finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca late September. Daly will be driving the fifth AA entry, piloting the No. 25 U.S. Air Force Honda for the second time this season after putting on a stellar 10th place performance in the 103rd Indianapolis 500. “I couldn’t be more excited to get back to my road course routes and take on Laguna Seca with AndrettiRead More
By Aaron Bearden, Open Wheel Editor For the first time in 15 years, the Verizon IndyCar Series is set to race at Laguna Seca. INDYCAR and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca announced Tuesday that the Northern California circuit will return to the open wheel tour’s schedule in 2019. The organizations reached a three-year agreement, approved Tuesday by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, that will see the historic track serve as the host of IndyCar’s championship race over the next trio of seasons. “I can’t imagine a more attractive destination location for INDYCAR’sRead More
PALMETTO, Fla. – A thrilling climax to the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season is in store this weekend, September 9-11, during the Soul Red Finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., as no fewer than six championship aspirants – representing five different teams – battle it out for a Mazda Scholarship valued at $1M to ensure participation in at least three 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series events, including the 101st Indianapolis 500. The top two protagonists, Santiago “Santi” Urrutia, from Uruguay, and Dubai, UAE-based Englishman Ed Jones,Read More
PALMETTO, Fla. – Florida-based Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing is virtually assured of a sixth successive Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda title. The only question is whether Australia’s Anthony Martin or Canadian teammate Parker Thompson will claim the top honors and a substantial Mazda Scholarship to advance onto the next step of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder – the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires – in 2017. All will be decided during a pair of 30-minute races whichRead More