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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Baja, Laguna Seca, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Joe Skibinski/IndyCar (1); Levi’s Trophy Truck (2)

From the NTT IndyCar Series’ long-awaited return to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for its final race of the year, to the debut of the Lucerna SCORE Baja 400, to Formula 1’s return to night racing in Singapore, the past weekend of motorsport had something for just about everybody. Here’s a look at some of the top performances of the past weekend from around the world:

IndyCar: Colton Herta

It was Josef Newgarden’s year, as the Team Penske driver locked up his second title in three years with an eighth place finish, but it was Herta’s day in the IndyCar season finale. Following in father Bryan’s footsteps, Colton became a winner at Laguna Seca by qualifying on the pole and dominating most of the race, holding off a valiant charge by Will Power. It was his second victory of the season.

SCORE Trophy Truck: Ryan Arciero

For the first time in well over a decade, Arciero took a SCORE victory when he earned the inaugural Baja 400 overall win. Taking top honors by just under two minutes over Andy McMillin, who had been perfect up to this point in the season, Arciero made good on a runner-up finish to start the season in San Felipe. His most recent SCORE win had been in the 2004 Baja 500 alongside Mark Miller.

SCORE UTV: Wes Miller

Around this time last year, Miller had a victory stripped from him in controversial fashion in the Tijuana Desert Challenge. This time, though, he left no doubt by beating Marc Burnett to the finish by over five minutes in the inaugural Baja 400. Miller, who finished eighth in the season-opening San Felipe 250, will take that momentum into this year’s Baja 1000 as he looks to make up for a DNF in last year’s race.

Formula 1: Sebastian Vettel

In an oddity from Singapore where neither Mercedes scored a podium, Ferrari went 1-2 with Vettel and Charles Leclerc as the German scored his first victory since last year’s Belgian Grand Prix. Vettel gained the lead from his pole-winning teammate with a blistering outlap after his first pit stop. The victory gave Ferrari its first three-race winning streak in 11 years, and was the first 1-2 in the history of the race.

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