NTT INDYCAR Series
Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Fast Facts
Race weekend: Thursday, Sept. 19 – Sunday, Sept. 22
Track: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, a 2.258-mile permanent road course in Monterey, California
Race distance: 90 laps / 203.22 miles
Push-to-pass parameters: 150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds per activation.
Firestone tire allotment: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate. Teams must use one set of primary and one new set of alternate tires in the race.
Event website: http://WeatherTechRaceway.com
INDYCAR website: www.IndyCar.com
2004 race winner (most recent): Patrick Carpentier (No. 7 Indeck- Forsythe Championship Racing Ford-Lola)
2004 pole winner (most recent): Patrick Carpentier (No. 7 Indeck- Forsythe Championship Racing Ford-Lola), 1 minute, 9.605 seconds, 115.750 mph
Qualifying record: Helio Castroneves, 1:07.722, 118.969 mph, Sept. 8, 2000
NBC Sports television broadcasts: Qualifying, 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 21, NBCSN (live); Race, 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Sept. 2, NBC (live). Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer alongside analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Pit reporters are Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, Marty Snider and Robin Miller.
Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Anders Krohn. Jake Query, Nick Yeoman and Michael Young are the turn announcers with Dave Furst, Rob Howden and Dan Rusanowsky reporting from the pits. All NTT IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 98, XM 205, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA. Live coverage of NTT IndyCar Series qualifying is available on Sirius 98, XM 205, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app.
NBC Sports Gold livestreaming: All NTT IndyCar Series practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer livestreaming product.
AT-TRACK SCHEDULE (all times local):
Thursday, Sept. 19
9:15 – 11:15 a.m. – NTT IndyCar Series Open Test session 1
1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – NTT IndyCar Series Open Test session 2
Friday, Sept. 20
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – NTT IndyCar Series practice 1, NBC Sports Gold (live)
2:10 – 2:55 p.m. – NTT IndyCar Series practice 2, NBC Sports Gold (live)
3:10 – 3:40 p.m. – NTT IndyCar Series pit stop practice, NBC Sports Gold (live)
Saturday, Sept. 21
10 – 10:45 a.m. – NTT IndyCar Series practice 3, NBC Sports Gold (live)
1:35 p.m. – Firestone Fast Six Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (three rounds of knockout qualifying), NBCSN (live)
Sunday, Sept. 22
11:30 a.m. – Driver introductions
11:30 p.m. – NBC on air
12:08 p.m. – Start engines command
12:15 p.m. – Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey (90 laps/203.22 miles), NBC (live)
- Josef Newgarden leads the NTT IndyCar Series championship with one race to go for the second time in his career. Newgarden, who has led the championship after every round this season with the exception of the Indianapolis 500, won the NTT IndyCar Series championship the only other time he led with one to go in 2017.
- There are four drivers mathematically eligible for the NTT IndyCar Series championship: Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi, Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon. Dixon has won five NTT IndyCar Series championships while Pagenaud and Newgarden won the NTT IndyCar Series championship in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Rossi has never won the championship
- This is the 23rd Indy car race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and the ninth time that the Indy car championship will be decided at the track. CART held its season finale at the track from 1989-1996.
- The winning driver at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca has won the championship six times – Bobby Rahal in 1986 and1987, Danny Sullivan 1988, Michael Andretti 1991, Alex Zanardi (1998) and Cristiano da Matta in 2002.
Key championship point statistic: This is the 14th consecutive year that the NTT IndyCar Series champion will be determined at the final race of the season.
- There have been seven different winners in 16 NTT IndyCar Series races in 2019: Josef Newgarden (Streets of St. Petersburg, Raceway at Belle Isle Park-1, Texas Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway), Colton Herta (Circuit of The Americas), Takuma Sato (Barber Motorsports Park and World Wide Technology Raceway), Alexander Rossi (Streets of Long Beach and Road America), Simon Pagenaud (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval and Streets of Toronto), Scott Dixon (Raceway at Belle Isle Park-2 and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course) and Will Power (Pocono Raceway and Portland International Raceway).
- There have been seven different NTT P1 Award winners in 2019. Will Power (Streets of St. Petersburg, Circuit of The Americas and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course), Takuma Sato (Barber Motorsports Park and Texas Motor Speedway), Alexander Rossi (Streets of Long Beach, Raceway at Belle Isle Park-1), Felix Rosenqvist (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course) Simon Pagenaud (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval, Streets of Toronto and Iowa Speedway), Josef Newgarden (Raceway at Belle Isle Park-2 and World Wide Technology Raceway) and Colton Herta (Road America and Portland International Raceway) have won poles in 2019.
- The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey will be the 23rd Indy car race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, but the first since Patrick Carpentier won the Champ Car World Series race in 2004. Teo Fabi won the first Indy car race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 1983. There are no former winners entered in this year’s race.
- Twelve drivers have won at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca from the pole – Teo Fabi (1983), Bobby Rahal (1985), Danny Sullivan (1988), Rick Mears (1989), Danny Sullivan (1990), Michael Andretti (1991 and 1992), Paul Tracy (1994), Alex Zanardi (1996), Bryan Herta (1998 and 1999), Helio Castroneves (2000), Cristiano da Matta (2002) and Patrick Carpentier (2003).
- Team Penske has won six times at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Penske’s winning drivers are Danny Sullivan (1988 and 1990), Rick Mears (1989), Paul Tracy (1993 and 1994) and Helio Castroneves (2000). Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has three wins with Bryan Herta (1998-99) and Max Papis (2001). Chip Ganassi Racing has two wins with Alex Zanardi in 1996 and Jimmy Vasser in 1997.
- Four drivers entered in the event have competed in past Indy car races at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Tony Kanaan has four starts, most among the entered drivers. Two entered drivers have led laps at the track (Scott Dixon 2 and Sebastien Bourdais.
- Several entered drivers competed at WeatherTech Raceway in Road to Indy events when the ladder raced stand-alone events at the track in 2015-2017, including Spencer Pigot, Jack Harvey, Ed Jones, Max Chilton (who set both qualifying and race track records for Indy Lights) and Zach Veach.
- Four rookies – Marcus Ericsson, Santino Ferrucci, Colton Herta and Felix Rosenqvist – are expected to compete.
- Tony Kanaan seeks to start his 317th consecutive race this weekend, which would extend his Indy car record streak that began on June 2001 at Portland. Kanaan is second all-time in career starts with 376 starts. Mario Andretti holds the record with 407.
- Scott Dixon has made 257 consecutive starts heading into the weekend, which is the second-longest streak in Indy car racing. Marco Andretti has made 233 consecutive starts, which is the third-longest streak in Indy car racing.
- Scott Dixon seeks to start his 321st Indy car race this weekend, which would pass Al Unser for sixth on the all-time list.
- Scott Dixon, the longest-tenured driver for Chip Ganassi Racing, is third on the all-time Indy car victory list with 46 wins. Sebastien Bourdais and Will Power are tied for sixth on the all-time list with 37 wins. Power’s win at Portland on Sept. 1 tied him with Bourdais.