Indy Elite: Kraus continues winning streak at Laguna Seca

By: Tim Doyle
September 14, 2021

The 2021 Coca Cola Bottling of Kokomo Indy Elite Series headed to the scenic Laguna Seca for the Monterey GP. The 45-lap race was round 15 of the 17-round series.

Qualifying

In qualifying Philip Kraus set the pace with a lap of 1:06.420 over Adam Crane (1:06.757). Adam Blocker (1:07.023) was 3rd with Bryan Carey and Trevor Greenfield rounding out the Top 5.

Race Recap

Kraus was able to get the lead into turn 1 over Crane and Blocker. Further back, 5th place starting Greenfield had a mishap through the corkscrew and fell back to 10th position.

By the time the first round of pit stops started to occur on Lap 19, Kraus was able to stretch his lead out to a comfortable 8 seconds over Crane with Blocker another two seconds behind. Everyone was able to make it through them without mistake.

On Lap 30 while approaching the corkscrew, Joe Branch lost control while racing Greenfield and Charles Anti collecting Greenfield in the process. They were both eliminated from the race.

Branch and Greenfield collide in the famed “Corkscrew” (Tim Doyle/iRacing.com)

With just five laps to go, Andreas Eik and Robert Maleczaka III had a coming together in turn 5 when Maleczaka missed his braking and ran up the backside of Eik taking them both out.

Kraus was able to put his car in cruise control from the start and stretch out his lead each lap coming home 14+ seconds over Crane. Blocker, Carey and Andrew Kinsella would round out the Top 5.

Eik and Maleczaka collide late in Tuesday night’s race (Tim Doyle/iRacing.com)

Up Next

Just two races remain for the 2021 Coca Cola Bottling of Kokomo Indy Elite Series which are two ovals, the short oval of Iowa Speedway and the 2 mile Auto Club Speedway in California. Both races are in October on the 3rd and 19th.

Race Stats

Box Score

Kraus takes the checkered flag for his series-leading sixth win of 2021 (Tim Doyle/iRacing.com)

Laps- 45

Cautions- 0

Lead Changes- 2

Fastest lap- 1:07.316: (Philip Kraus)

Cars on the lead lap- 7

Polesitter- Philip Kraus 1:06.420

Header Image By Tim Doyle/iRacing.com

Published by Spencer Neff

I am a lifelong auto racing fan. Through IndyCar1909, I look forward to sharing my passion for the series and its illustrious history with you.

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