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Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Quick Unedited Race Report

By Patrick Stephan with lots of help from Steve Wittich Clean start though Scott Dixon got a little defensive on Alexander Rossi and then tries aggressively on the outside of Herta, but just couldn’t get off the corner well enough to maintain the line all the way to Turn 3. At Turn 6, Pigot dove…

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Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – Notes and Starting Line-up with Tire Choice Updates

By Patrick Stephan We are about to go green here at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. According to Firestone the ambient temperature is 79 with the track at 107, but it feels a lot warmer. I got a good look at the track surface here today via that pace…

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Welcome to Raceday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

By Patrick Stephan Good morning from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, where we are setting up for a beautiful day at the track. Driving in at 7:30am it was still very cool (50’s) and foggy down in Monterey as the marine layer had not yet burned off. Climbing out toward the track, it cleared up -…

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Road to Indy Race Reports from Saturday at Laguna Seca and Patrick Travel Notes

Road to Indy Reports by Steve Wittich Rinus van Kalmthout (VeeKay) won the day and the first Indy Lights race of the weekend. But, it was Oliver Askew that won the season and the 2019 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Championship and the three-race NTT IndyCar Series scholarship that goes with it. VeeKay’s dominant…

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Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – Saturday Final Report (part 1)

By Patrick Stephan To make this giant end of day a little smaller, I have put my travel stuff, and the Road to Indy reports in a separate update – just to save your inboxes 🙂 That will go a little later. I’m going to start by congratulating Oliver Askew, of Melbourne, Florida on clinching…

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Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – Qualifying Notes and Results

By Patrick Stephan Round 1 Group 1: Remember that we have all the championship contenders in this first group because they all had placed in an even numbered spot in this morning’s practice session. The odds were led by Felix Rosenqvist, who gets to then choose if the odd numbered placed drivers will go first…

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Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – Qual Groups, and Herta 2020 Confirmation

By Patrick Stephan Group 1: 2 Newgarden, Josef 22 Pagenaud, Simon 59 Chilton, Max 9 Dixon, Scott 27 Rossi, Alexander 25 Daly, Conor 18 Bourdais, Sebastien 26 Veach, Zach 28 Hunter-Reay, Ryan 4 Leist, Matheus 21 Pigot, Spencer 14 Kanaan, Tony Group 2: 10 Rosenqvist, Felix 12 Power, Will 30 Sato, Takuma 88 Herta, Colton…

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Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – Saturday Practice Notes and Results

By Patrick Stephan As the cars roll off, the air temp is 74, with the track at 85. Yesterday’s peak track temp was 110F from 2:00-2:30. Today’s qualifying will run from 1:35-2:50pm, so basically, they will qualify in the heat of the day, making the tire degradation even more of a concern. Driver’s will need…

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Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – Sato Confirmed for 2020 and Today’s Schedule

We will have some news and updates in a little bit, but in the meanwhile, here is today’s schedule and the release confirming Takuma Sato at RLLR for 2020. Saturday TIME EVENT 6:53am Sunrise 8am Public Gates Open 8:10am – 8:25pm Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Qualifying 8:40am – 9am USF2000 Qualifying #2 9:15am -…

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Quick Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey End of Day Notes

By Patrick Stephan Considering I got up at 3:00am Mountain Time, today was a really good day at the race track. Interesting track, great people, all in all, pretty much all you want from the Friday of championship weekend. Just after the checkered flew on the third practice of the day – officially known as…

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