AJ Foyt Racing’s Santino Ferrucci in the No.14 Sexton Properties Chevrolet says that pre-event test at Laguna Seca on Thursday will prove to be very helpful to him given the challenging nature of the race.
Ferrucci has a best this season of third placexwhich came at the Indianapolis 500 in May.
Santino Ferrucci, No. 14 Chevrolet at AJ Foyt Racing:
“This is definitely a very challenging track to drive, (and) testing here is going to be very helpful for me. The last time I was here I was testing and that was in 2021. That was also on the old track, so I’m excited to see what the repave is like. I think the best passing zone is either the last corner or the first corner. Other than that, someone needs to make a mistake or you just need to be outright a lot faster to make a pass. I will say that if you make a pass in the Corkscrew, it is incredibly rewarding! It’s just incredibly difficult.”
Benjamin Pedersen, No. 55 Chevrolet at AJ Foyt Racing is looking forwardto sampling the new pavement on the track saying:
“This track has been here for a very long time. The nature of Monterey is very special with the elevation change at the track, which makes it very challenging. The new pavement changes will be very exciting for everyone because it’s new and fresh. The degradation of the tires is going to be a completely different topic. …With how much deg there is with the low grip track, it’s usually very hard on tires, but with the new surface, I think that resets that. I think it will be very similar to Road America in regards to surface and degradation, but we will see here with the upcoming test and race weekend. “Into Turn 2 is a pretty decent passing area and the top of the corkscrew can be very good. Otherwise, I think being on different strategies and fresh tires is what makes being able to pass easier.”