Salinas, Calif. (Wednesday, September 6, 2023)- James Roe has brought speed and consistency to permanent road courses this season – notching five top-10 finishes, three top-five finishes, and his first INDY NXT™ by Firestone podium on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in August. The 24-year-old looks to add two more strong road course finishes to his No. 29 Topcon team’s tally as the season comes to a close with a doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
This weekend marks Roe’s first start at the iconic 2.24-mile, 11-turn, Laguna Seca road course which boasts 300 feet of elevation changes, highlighted by the world-famous “Corkscrew” chicane.
For Race 1 of the weekend, Roe and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, co-creator of Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb,” have announced a unique collaboration with Roe donning a helmet that celebrates the acclaimed animated comedy series. After the event at Laguna Seca, Roe and Marsh will be auctioning off the race-worn helmet celebrating the Emmy Award winning program to benefit A Walk On Water, a charity organization that provides life-changing surf therapy to children with unique needs and their families.
“It’s hard to believe that the season finale is here already – this year has flown by,” Roe said. “Like Portland, Laguna is another new track for me, so it’ll be a great experience to get out there and race on it. I’ve done pretty well on other road courses this season, so let’s end these last two races on a good note!”
The Irish driver currently boasts 298 championship points for his partners Topcon, CES Power, Strong Roots, Ring Power Corporation, The Ireland Funds, and GAAPP. Roe looks to close out the season with two strong, points-paying finishes under the California sun. .
ABOUT THE EVENT
Race: INDY NXT by Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Race 1 and 2
Season: Race 13 and 14 of 14
Date: Race 1: 3:25 p.m. ET Saturday, September 9
Race 2: 12:50 p.m. ET Sunday, September 10
Track: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (11-turn, 2.4-mile road course)
Other Sessions: Practice, 4:15-5:05 p.m. ET Friday, September 8. Qualifying, 12:05-12:35 p.m. ET Saturday, September 9.
ABOUT JAMES ROE
Hometown: Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland
2023 Car: No. 29 Topcon Andretti Autosport Dallara