The Verizon IndyCar Series brings the leading single seater series of America back to the legendary Laguna Seca track.
The track is now officially known as WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and will host the finale of the 2019 season on 20-22 September.
When the cars returns to the undulating track, it will be 15 years since a race was last held at the circuit, back when ChampCar was running.
The track has been named Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for many years, so the series haven’t had a big incitement to visit the circuit, even though it’s support series are part of the Mazda Road to Indy programme, which helps young drivers up the single-seater ladder.
The most well-know thing about the track is the iconic Corkscrew. That was where Alex Zanardi made a great overtaking manouvre on Jimmy Vasser back in 1996. If the same strict rules regarding Track Limits had been applied back then, the overtaking would never had stood, since Zanardi used a bit of the dirt and a bit more – but it looked amazing.
The track has a lot of references to racing drivers in the USA, with the (Mario) Andretti Hairpin, (Bobby) Rahal Straight and (Wayne) Rainy Curve.
The contract is for three years.
This year’s Verizon IndyCar Series finale will be run on 16 September at the Sonoma Raceway in California, just north of San Francisco, while the Laguna Seca track is about 150 miles further to the south.