Nearing the end of the 2023 INDY NXT by Firestone season, Christian Bogle logged his best finish of the year this past weekend at the Portland International Raceway. Battling hard and avoiding the first lap carnage, Bogle returned to the top-five to finish fourth in the penultimate event weekend.
Heading into the weekend, Bogle had earned two top-ten finishes this year with a seventh-place finish at Barber Motorsports Park and a sixth-place result in race one of Detroit. Breaking into the top-five this past Sunday, Bogle matched his career-best INDY NXT result with a fourth-place finish on the ultra-fast 12-turn road course.
Remaining mid-pack during the two practice sessions and qualifying in 11th, Bogle was able to drive his way through the chaos as multiple drivers had contact in the first turn of the race. Damage-free, Bogle drove towards the front of the pack and into fifth. With less than ten laps remaining, Bogle moved up to fourth. Throughout the entirety of the race, the #7 Pelican Energy Consultants branded entry was able to hold off current championship leader and teammate, Christian Rasmussen. After a strong weekend, Christian Bogle gained two positions in the championship standings and currently sits only five points outside of the top-ten.
Showing strong pace and race craft at multiple points throughout the season, Bogle will look to continue his strong streak in the final two rounds of the season. Remaining out west and traveling south down the coast, the INDY NXT by Firestone series will head to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to end the season with a double-header weekend. With one race each on Saturday and Sunday, four on-track sessions will alternate with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Newly repaved earlier this year, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca will bring a new set of challenges to the drivers as the new surface will change the characteristics of the course.
Weekend Schedule · WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca *All times EDT
Friday, September 8
4:15 PM – 5:05 PM INDY NXT by Firestone Practice
Saturday, September 9
12:05 PM – 12:35 PM INDY NXT by Firestone Qualifying
3:25 PM -4:35 PM INDY NXT by Firestone Race 1, 35 Laps
Sunday, September 10
12:50 PM – 2:00 PM INDY NXT by Firestone Race 2, 35 Laps
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