IndyCar Nearing Return To Laguna Seca

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WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is likely to welcome back the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2019. (T.M. Hill Photo)

MONTEREY, Calif. — The Verizon IndyCar Series is nearing a deal that would return Indy car racing to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the first time since 2004.

IndyCar officials confirmed on Friday that the series has reached an agreement to return to the track in 2019, but the deal isn’t complete. The agreement is subject to approval by Monterey County’s Board of Supervisors, which is set to vote on the agenda item Tuesday.

The agreement, according to a report from RACER.com, is a three-year contract that would run through the 2021 season.

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca played host to CART racing from 1983 to ’04, with Patrick Carpentier winning the last two Indy car races held at the historic California road course.

If IndyCar completes the paperwork to race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, it would also likely lead to the end of the long-term relationship IndyCar has maintained with another California track, Sonoma Raceway.

Sonoma Raceway President Steve Page said in a statement that should IndyCar reach a deal with Laguna Seca, he would not pursue a contract extension to keep the series at Sonoma Raceway.

“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,” Page said in his 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 Raceway has hosted the Verizon IndyCar Series since 2005 and has played host to the season finale since 2015.