IndyCar track records set to tumble at “badass” repaved Laguna Seca
On Thursday, Will Power from Team Penske led the series test with the fastest lap time of 1m07.2762s, with a total of nine drivers unofficially breaking the track record set in 2000. Power described the track as smooth with a lot of grip, but also tough when driving offline. Scott McLaughlin, also from Team Penske, praised the track and its high commitment level. He expects the official track record to be broken and predicts even faster lap times on the red sidewall tires. The only concern is whether the high speeds will make passing more challenging and potentially create a single-file race. Patricio O’Ward from Arrow McLaren compared the new surface to Barber Motorsports Park and praised the high commitment level. He also appreciated the low degradation of the tires. Colton Herta, a two-time winner at the track, described it as “fast as heck” and predicted lap times in the high 1m05s range.