Race reviewindynxt_R13_Sep.09.2023Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Race 1
A spectacular venue for the final race of the season, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca features 91 meters of elevation change and 11 challenging turns. The famous ‘Corkscrew’ is totally unique in US motorsports and adds to the excitement.
Race start: 3:25pm ET
Monterey, CaliforniaSeptember 9, 2023
Juncos Hollinger Racing began this weekend’s INDY NXT double-header in great shape as Matthew Brabham finished the INDY NXT by Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey in P5, with Victor Franzoni right behind in P6 to secure his best result of the season.
In the earlier qualifying, Matthew secured a P7 start for both races, while Victor put himself P4 on today’s grid and P18 for Sunday’s finale.
Both men started the 35-lap race strongly, with Victor holding P4 before a frenetic restart on lap 30 that shook up the order. Matthew moved up a position and into the top five, while his team-mate dropped two places before the checkered flag.
“WE HAD A PRETTY GOOD RACE THIS AFTERNOON AND RECORDED OUR BEST RESULT OF THE SEASON.”
Victor Franzoni said:
“Qualifying was nice earlier today, as I was P4 in the first session. On the second session we had a brake problem which meant that we couldn’t put together a good lap.
“We had a pretty good race this afternoon and recorded our best result of the season. I was P4 for most of the race, but I made some mistakes on the restart and ended up in P6. I’m still happy with that result.
“We’ll make sure to put on a good show tomorrow and try our best from the back of the field. It’s going to be difficult, but it will still be a fun race.”
“THE PACE AND PERFORMANCE AT THE END WAS REALLY ENCOURAGING, AND TO GO FROM P7 TO P5 WAS A LOT OF FUN AND A GOOD RESULT.”
Matthew Brabham said:
“I was a little bit disappointed with qualifying, to be honest. I think the car is definitely fast enough to try and compete for a podium. I had the pace to be within the top-5 but had a spin which hurt the tires and caused a little bit of damage to the diffuser. Even though I had a bit of a disadvantage, I still ended up with P7.
“I think the race went well, which was bitter-sweet because I felt like I was one of the fastest cars and could have ended on the podium if I had started further up.
“The pace and performance at the end was really encouraging, and to go from P7 to P5 was a lot of fun and a good result.”
“IT HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT INDY NXT WEEKEND, BUT WE STILL MANAGED TO RUN BOTH CARS AROUND THE TOP-5 IN EVERY SESSION.”
Ricardo Juncos said:
“It has been a difficult INDY NXT weekend, but we still managed to run both cars around the top-5 in every session.
“I’m really happy for Victor as he did well in qualifying and could have potentially earned P1, but some brake problems meant that we missed pole position. Matthew is also doing an excellent job in the #76 car.
“Now we will look forward to tomorrow’s final INDY NXT race of the season, where we will look to do a good job once again.”