The Verizon IndyCar Series announced on Tuesday that they have reached a three year agreement with WhetherTech Raceway Laguna Seca starting in 2019 with the circuit hosting the season finale.
The race will be held from September 20-22 2019. Laguna Seca played host to the Verizon IndyCar Series from 1983 to 2004.
President of Hulman and Company the parent company to the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Mark Miles commented on the news by saying:
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.
Former driver turned team owner Bobby Rahal who won here four years in a row commented on the news saying:
It’s great news, but I might be biased, There is nothing better than the Monterey Bay area, and it’s a great circuit that always drew great crowds, so I’m thrilled to have Indy car racing coming back to a circuit I love so much. We will put on a good show, for sure.
CEO of WhetherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Timothy McGrane commented on the news saying:
The return of INDYCAR to its spiritual road racing home of Laguna Seca is a tremendous honor and testament to the appeal of Monterey, and through the support of the County of Monterey will provide a significant economic benefit to our area businesses. “We are looking forward to creating more memories in race fans’ minds like Bobby Rahal’s four consecutive Indy car wins from 1984-1987, Mario Andretti’s farewell race in 1994 and Alex Zanardi’s last-lap overtaking of Bryan Herta in the Corkscrew in 1996 that simply became known as ‘The Pass.
Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports commented on the news saying:
We commend INDYCAR for returning to Laguna Seca, a historic track and an inspired place for the 2019 season finale. “The 2019 season will be our first as the exclusive media rights partner of INDYCAR, and we could not be more pleased to broadcast the championship from beautiful Monterrey.