We don’t often cover Indycar (despite loving the series) so when we had a chance to grab some photos from Jim Fonseca at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, we couldn’t say no! More to come from the weekend and to start with, please enjoy this gallery!
The victors in Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca provided a strong look into the present and future of American talent in the NTT IndyCar Series.
Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet), a 28-year-old from Hendersonville, Tenn., is the present. He clinched his second series title in the last three years by finishing eighth in Sunday’s double points race and joined Sam Hornish Jr. as the only Americans to win multiple series crowns since 1995.
“I guess that’s your role as a champion is to push that message and just to be a positive light for that,” Newgarden said. “That’s really all I can do. I don’t know if I can move the ball further by doing anything else significant. I mean, it’s going to take all of us pushing in this common direction to try and push the sport forward. You know, it’ll take me, it’ll take guys like (Alexander) Rossi and Simon (Pagenaud) and Will (Power), and it will take all of us I think to keep pushing the sport forward, and that’s what we will plan on doing.”
INDYCAR FINALE: Official Results
The future is 19-year-old Colton Herta (No. 88 Capstone Turbine Honda), the second-generation Indy car driver whose is the son of Bryan Herta that hails from Valencia, Calif.
The Harding Steinbrenner Racing rookie won the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey in a dominant fashion, starting on the pole and leading 83 of the 90 laps on the 11-turn, 2.258-mile permanent road course en route to his second win of the season. His first win, which came in March at The Circuit of The Americas, was historic as he became the youngest race winner in the sport’s history.
Herta never was overtaken for the lead on the track – just during pit cycling – as he posted a .5878 of a second margin of victory over runner-up Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet). Five-time series champ Scott Dixon (No. 9 PNC Bank Honda) finished third as well as fourth in the championship.
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