Report: IndyCar race coming to Laguna Seca in 2019

In anticipation of approval from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca has scheduled an announcement for Tuesday that the Verizon IndyCar Series will race at the famed track starting in 2019, according to Laguna Seca’s official website and Twitter account.

IndyCar has raced at Sonoma Raceway since 2005, with Sonoma hosting the series’ season finale/championship race since 2015. A race at Laguna Seca could jeopardize future IndyCar events at Sonoma.

“Sonoma Raceway has invested heavily to build IndyCar’s brand and following in Northern California over the last 14 years, and we would be happy to continue that effort, but only under a sustainable business model,” Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page said in a statement. “If the series determines their long-term interests are better served by moving the Sonoma race to another venue, that is a business decision they are obviously entitled to make, and we will turn our attention to other opportunities.”

Sonoma regularly hosts NASCAR’s Cup Series and the NHRA national series.

The Monterey County board is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning to approve an event agreement for an IndyCar Monterey Grand Prix for 2019-21.

The CART/Champ Car World Series raced at Laguna Seca from 1983 to 2004 before moving to the streets of downtown San Jose for the San Jose Grand Prix in 2005-07. The Champ Car Series merged with IndyCar in 2008.

The last appearance by a major open-wheel series at Laguna Seca was Champ Car’s Spring Training preseason testing in March 2007.

Laguna Seca is one of the most iconic race tracks in the country, a 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course highlighted by the world-famous “Corkscrew,” a left-right downhill chicane with a drop of four stories.

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