Race reviewindynxt_R14_Sep.10.2023Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Race 2
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: 12:50pm ET
Monterey, CaliforniaSeptember 10, 2023
Juncos Hollinger Racing rounded off its 2023 INDY NXT campaign in style today as Matthew Brabham claimed P4 in the second race of the weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Australian-American, who started P7, came into the race buoyed by his P5 performance in yesterday’s opening encounter under clear Californian skies.
Although he lost ground on the opening lap, Matthew retook P7 with a neat move inside Jacob Abel at Turn 11. He then gained another couple of slots when Kyffin Simpson and Reece Gold tangled – initiating a brief caution period.
The focus then switched to hunting down a podium place, with Matthew first claiming P4 and then getting to within a second of Louis Foster who just held onto his P3 as the 35-lap race came to an end.
The final race of the season also returned a P13 finish for Matthew’s JHR team-mate, Victor Franzoni.
The Brazilian was always going to find it a challenge to replicate his impressive P6 finish in yesterday’s race after a brake issue in qualifying bumped him down to P18 on today’s grid.
But he fought hard to move up the order and claim another positive result for his #75 Jennil Salazar-supported car.
“I THINK P13 WAS A GOOD RESULT OVERALL AND IT’S BEEN GREAT TO FINISH ANOTHER RACE WITH ALL THE AMAZING PEOPLE IN THE TEAM BEHIND ME.”
Victor Franzoni said:
“I think we had a good result today, considering we had to start from the back after our Quali 2 issues yesterday.
“We made some changes to the car for this race and it was feeling even better than before, but it’s very hard to pass at this track when you’re fighting from the rear. I think we were quick and had a lot of speed in the end but we were limited with what we could do.
“I think P13 was a good result overall and it’s been great to finish another race with all the amazing people in the team behind me. Thanks to them all!”
“BIG THANKS TO RICARDO AND THE TEAM FOR HAVING ME AND GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF SOMETHING SO ENJOYABLE THIS SEASON.”
Matthew Brabham said:
“P4 is another great result! I was pushing so hard to get on the podium because it would have been amazing to claim some hardware and Champagne for the guys at Juncos Hollinger.
“They’ve all been doing a great job with the car, constantly improving things to give me a package that’s good enough to be fighting for the podium.
“Big thanks to Ricardo and the team for having me and giving me the opportunity to be part of something so enjoyable this season. I definitely think JHR has some great momentum heading into 2024.”