Rasmussen Clinches Title In Style With Laguna Seca Victory

MONTEREY, Calif. — Christian Rasmussen only needed to leave pit lane to clinch the Indy NXT by Firestone championship Sunday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, but he decided to add an exclamation point to his magical 2023 season. Rasmussen led all 35 laps from pole to earn his series-leading fifth victory of the season and win Race 2 of the Indy NXT by Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey doubleheader in the No. 27 Smart Motors car to the finish by 17.8813 seconds – the largest margin of victory in the series this season by more than 10 seconds. He beat Andretti Autosport’s McElrea to the title, 539-474, after the 14-race season. Fastest lap, quite a margin at the end, good management of the race. 26 Copart/USF 2000 Championship car of Andretti Autosport in the final race of the season for the IndyCar development series.

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