SPM Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: MAZDA RACEWAY

Race Fast Facts

  • Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires drivers: Andre Negrao (No. 17), Santiago Urrutia (No. 55 Mazda)
  • Event title: Indy Lights Soul Red Finale
  • Location: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  • Track: A 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course
  • 2016 event counter: The Soul Red Finale double-header weekend features the 17th and 18th races (of 18) for the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Series

Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Track Activity

  • Practice sessions: Friday, September 9 from 2:10-2:40 p.m. PDT and 4:25-4:55 p.m.
  • Qualifying: Saturday, September 10 from 9:20-9:50 p.m. PDT
  • Race 1: Saturday, September 10 from 3:00-3:50 p.m. PDT
  • Race 2: Sunday, September 11 from 1:10-2:20 p.m. PDT

Broadcast Information: Fans can watch the race online at

Indy Lights Quotes:

Andre Negrao (No. 17)

About participating in Thursday’s Verizon IndyCar Series test at Sonoma Raceway:

“First of all, I want to say thank you to my entire SPM team for today. I really enjoyed every second in the Indy car and it makes me want to come back and do it again as soon as possible. I think the team worked well together for today’s test and we accomplished a lot of the goals that we set for ourselves. Thank you especially to Sam [Schmidt], Ric [Peterson] and Piers [Phillips] for working with me to make this opportunity happen. I am focused now on driving more in this car in a few years!”

About the Soul Red Finale weekend at Mazda Raceway:

“We’ve finally arrived at the last race of the year. My goal is to earn my first victory of the year and definitely two podium finishes. The car has been amazing and my team has worked very hard all year so I know we can do it. There will be no excuses to getting on the podium so I’m looking forward to getting more points and trophies!”

Santiago Urrutia (No. 55)

About participating in Thursday’s Verizon IndyCar Series test at Sonoma Raceway and the Soul Red Finale weekend at Mazda Raceway:
“The test at Sonoma Raceway was good and it was a great opportunity for me for sure. The Indy car was great and I could definitely feel a big difference between the Indy Lights car and the Indy car. I’ve never driven a car with that kind of downforce. I think the biggest difference is in the brakes on the fast corners. With the downforce an Indy car has, you can carry a lot more speed through those corners. 

“It was a great day and it’s a dream come true. I really enjoyed it. I was waiting for this day and finally it came. I hope one day I can get more than just the morning session to run in the car but now we just focus on the Indy Lights championship at Mazda Raceway.

“I know that if I can win the championship, then next year I have the chance to be racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series so I’m focused on that. Our big goal for the weekend is to secure the championship and the scholarship. I want to say thank you to the SPM team again for this opportunity. It was good to work with the engineers and the whole team, and also thank you to Mikhail for letting me use his car.”


Heamin Choi (No. 77)

“I’m excited to be back in the SPM Indy Lights car at Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca. This is the season finale weekend so that makes it even more exciting. I have been participating in the oval races this season but I want to get more familiar with road courses in an Indy Lights car before driving an Indy car. I’ve been at this track before so I’m pretty confident in my ability to race here. Also, I’m excited about ‘Dynamic Busan,’ my hometown in Korea, joining my racing campaign.”

Team Social Media

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Instagram: @SPMindycar

Facebook: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

SnapChat: @SPMindycar

Periscope: @SPMindycar

Driver Social Media

Santiago Urrutia

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Twitter – @Santi_Urrutia

Facebook – Santiago Urrutia Oficial

Andre Negrao

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Twitter – @NegraoAndre

Facebook – Andre.Negrao

Instagram – @anegrao

Heamin Choi

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Twitter – @HeaminChoi

Instagram – @HeaminChoi

Facebook – HeaminChoi

Fan Opportunities: Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires autograph session with Andre Negrao and Santiago Urrutia: Saturday, September 10 from 11:30-12:00p.m. PDT at the Mazda display.

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