A Verizon IndyCar Series return to Laguna Seca seems all but likely now. On Friday, news leaked that there’s a Monterey County Board of Supervisors meeting early next week and that if the proposal for the series to return in 2019 passes like it’s said it will, then the series would be heading back to the WeatherTech Raceway beginning in 2019.
The contract in place would be from 2019 through 2021.
Details that were made public would be that the sanctioning fee would be $1.2-million in 2019 but that’s predicated on IMSA racing there the week before or after INDYCAR. The price tag remains the same in the final two years of the agreement.
Also, part of the agreement calls for an upgrade to a lot of areas of the 2.2-mile road course in Northern California. That all needs to be completed at least 60 days prior to the INDYCAR race weekend.
Voting on this is at 1:30 p.m. ET. on Tuesday.
But, if the series adds Laguna Seca then they won’t be going back to Sonoma Raceway though.. President Steve Page made it clear that they won’t allow the series to saturate that area of the state.
“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. If the series determines their long-term interests are better served by moving the Sonoma race to another venue, that is a business decision that they are obviously entitled to make and we will turn our attention to other opportunities.”