Roe Prepared for a West Coast Doubleheader

June 20, 2024
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June 20, 2024 jamesroejr

Salinas, Calif. (Wednesday, June 19, 2024) Following a week off, the INDY NXT™ by Firestone Championship heads to the West Coast for a doubleheader on the famously rolling terrain of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

In racing the challenging circuit for the first time last season – where the doubleheader weekend marked the season finale – driver James Roe and his No. 29 Topcon machine consistently ran in the top 10 across both races. An international icon, the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course boasts 300 feet of elevation changes and is highlighted by the Andretti Hairpin and the world-famous Corkscrew chicane.    

“Luck hasn’t been on our side lately, but we’re ready to change that,” said Roe, looking forward to the weekend. “This is a fast-paced, technical track and we’re bringing a fast No. 29 Topcon machine that’s up to the challenge. Laguna is the ‘home track’ for our partner Topcon and I’m looking forward to getting out on the circuit to show our pace this weekend.”

At the halfway mark of the season, the Irishman and his team look to notch two points-rich finishes for partners Topcon, Ring Power Corporation, CES Power, Strong Roots, Trintech, Tourism Ireland, and The Ireland Funds in The Golden State.



Event: INDY NXT by Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Race 1 & Race 2

Season: Races 7 and 8 of 14

Race 1: Saturday, June 22 (3:35 p.m. ET)

Race 2: Sunday, June 23 (4:05 p.m. ET)

Track: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (2.238-mile, 11-turn permanent road course)

Other Sessions: Practice 1 – Friday, June 21 (4:10 p.m. ET); Practice 2 – Friday, June 21 (6:40 p.m. ET); Qualifying – Saturday, June 22 (12:00 p.m. ET)

Broadcast: Races – Live on Peacock, INDYCAR Radio Network (U.S.), INDYCAR Live! (outside of U.S.). Practice/Qualifying – Live on INDYCAR Live!, INDYCAR Radio Network (globally). Sky F1 (UK/Ireland/Northern Ireland).



Hometown: Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Residence: Indianapolis, Indiana

Age: 25

2024 Car: No. 29 Topcon Andretti Global Dallara

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