Fans have been waiting for it, drivers have been wanting it, and it’s finally going to happen.
IndyCar and Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca have confirmed that the sixty one year old, eleven turn permanent road course carved through the landscape of Monterey, California will return to the IndyCar schedule as the championship finale in 2019.
“I can’t imagine a more attractive destination location for INDYCAR’s season finale, Monterey is a place people want to be, and we will bring all of our guests. I think it’s a great choice for us” said the ceo of the parent company of IndyCar, Hulman & Company, Mark Miles.
A three year agreement was signed and approved by the Monterey county board of supervisors who are overseeing operation of the facility, calls for Laguna Seca to be the host site of the final race of the 2019 IndyCar series season. The event will be the weekend of September 20-22.
There have been 22 open wheel races hosted at Laguna Seca with the last coming in 2004 with the Champ Car World Series which was won by Patrick Carpentier.
Some of those 22 races have been some of the best. The most memorable being the 1996 championship finale. While Bryan Herta lead with about 3 laps he was being hounded by Alex Zanardi. In those days, Zanardi did things that i mean NOBODY else could pull off successuly. On the final lap Zanardi would literally fly through the air over the curb at the entrance of the famed corkscrew and pass Bryan Herta to steal the win. We will be looking to make new memories in 2019.
The remainder of the 2019 IndyCar schedule will anounced at a later date, but it’s going to be concluded in a very nice fashion at Laguna Seca.