Laguna Seca (2019)
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Felix Rosenqvist admits he channelled his "anger" over his treatment at the hands of the NTT IndyCar Series' stewards into a strong finish in last weekend's Laguna Seca season finale.
Simon Pagenaud says he felt he had the "full support" of Team Penske to pursue NTT IndyCar Series title glory in Sunday's Laguna Seca season finale, after losing out on the championship to teammate Josef Newgarden.
Colton Herta, who clinched the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna to score his second win of the IndyCar season, said he believes it was a perfect race and “definitely deserved to win.”
2019 NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden says that his tears and emotions on his final lap and in pitlane at Laguna Seca were because he appreciates his second title more than his first in 2017.
Harding Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta drove a flawless race to hold off Will Power of Team Penske and score his second victory of the season, while Josef Newgarden showed the wisdom of experience to drive an ill-handling car to a cautious eighth place and earn his second championship and Penske’s 16th.
IndyCar finale polesitter Colton Herta admits he’s hoping not to be in a position where he has to relinquish a potential win at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in order to boost future teammate Alexander Rossi’s championship quest.
Felix Rosenqvist has slammed IndyCar race officials as “maybe having something against me” after his two fastest times from qualifying were deleted, resulting in him starting the final round at Laguna Seca from the back of the grid, despite setting the fastest time in his session.
Colton Herta eclipsed the best efforts of the four NTT IndyCar Series contenders to score his third pole position of the season at Laguna Seca, as all four title contenders reached the Firestone Fast Six for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.
Felix Rosenqvist put his Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda at the top of the IndyCar in FP3 with a run that beat the Team Penske-Chevrolet trio by around 0.2sec.
Ryan Hunter-Reay put his Andretti Autosport-Honda on top in second practice, as three cars cracked the 70sec barrier around WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Colton Herta led fellow IndyCar rookies Felix Rosenqvist and Santino Ferrucci in opening practice for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, but all three ran off the road, and Herta ended the session by causing a red flag with a spin at the Corkscrew.
Colton Herta says Alex Zanardi’s infamous pass on his father Bryan Herta at Laguna Seca’s Corkscrew in 1996 was “amazing,” but acknowledged that it probably wouldn’t be allowed in IndyCar today due to far more stringent rules about track limits.
Will Power says he won’t play favorites between his IndyCar title-contending Penske teammates Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud – and says he respects Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi for again putting himself into the championship mix.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon set the fastest time of the morning session at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, with rookies Colton Herta and Felix Rosenqvist completing the top three.
The rapid evolution of a rookie can be critical to the forward progress of a team, and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ adaptation of Marcus Ericsson’s talent to IndyCar racing has proven mutually beneficial, as his race engineer explains to David Malsher.
The points permutations heading into the NTT IndyCar Series finale leave Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Josef Newgarden clear favorite for his second championship in three years. But double points for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey mean three drivers can still beat him.
NTT IndyCar Series championship leader Josef Newgarden has again admitted his error on the final lap at Mid-Ohio and says he’s been working on restraining himself during his time with Team Penske-Chevrolet.
Ryan Hunter-Reay will carry a special color scheme at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca next week, with a DHL livery that celebrates 50 years of the famous brand.
Championship contender Alexander Rossi says next week’s qualifying session for the NTT IndyCar Series finale may determine the outcome of the 2019 title battle, given the expected difficulties in passing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Firestone Racing’s Cara Adams says the Akron, OH.-based company has its compound ready for the 2019 IndyCar finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, but is also preparing for the new demands caused by the weight of 2020’s mandatory aeroscreens.
Ben Hanley says that Elton Julian’s DragonSpeed-Chevrolet team is aiming to be at the IndyCar season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and the team hopes to compete in 10 rounds in 2020.
Conor Daly will drive a U.S. Air Force-sponsored Andretti Autosport-Honda for a second time this year when he starts next month’s finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.