Rossi Replaces Rahal With Penske’s Endurance Program

Acura Team Penske announced on Friday that IndyCar Series championship contender and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi will join the team for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance events at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Rossi, a five-time race winner in the IndyCar Series, will share the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype International (Dpi) with fulltime Acura Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor. Team Penske IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud will return to compete in the endurance events with the…

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Rossi Comes Up Just Short For 2nd Place Finish In Season Standings

SONOMA, Calif – He called himself the “first loser” but Alexander Rossi has nothing to be ashamed of in his 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The Andretti Autosport driver was actually okay with how his year went but was visibly dejected when he came up just short Sunday in Sonoma. Rossi, had problems on the opening lap of the race when he got into the back of his teammate Marco Andretti in Turn 1 and had to pit one lap later for damage. He’d come out in last, one lap down…

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Dixon Strong This Weekend In Sonoma, Rossi Still On His Tail, How The Duo Are Shaping Up

SONOMA, Calif – Scott Dixon hasn’t qualified very well lately. Until today. Outside of starting on the pole by default in Gateway last month, Dixon has an average starting spot of 10.4 on natural road courses in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. He was sixth at Barber, 18th at Indy, eighth in Road America, ninth in Mid-Ohio and 11th at Portland respectively. He’d finish in the top six in all of those races though. Well, in Sonoma, it pays to start up front. The worst starting spot of a race…

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Ryan Hunter-Reay Earns The Pole For Sunday’s Season Finale In Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif – 11 of the 13 Verizon IndyCar Series races at the Sonoma Raceway have been won from a top three starting spot. Seven of which from the front row. In terms of natural road courses during the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, four of the five have been won by the pole sitter. No, scratch that, they were dominated by the pole sitter. That’s great news for Ryan Hunter-Reay but not his teammate Alexander Rossi. The Andretti Autosport driver earned his first pole in over four years with circling…

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Dixon 2nd In Both Sessions On Friday, Rossi 8th, 6th Respectively

SONOMA, Calif – Scott Dixon is well on his way to earning his fifth career Verizon IndyCar Series championship. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver was strong in the two Friday practice sessions, chiming in second in each of them. Dixon, circled the Sonoma Raceway with a top lap of 1:17.8268-seconds in his No. 9 Honda in the first session and 1:17.8992-seconds in the final practice of the day later on in the afternoon. Both had him only behind Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:17.5742-seconds) in the opening practice and Josef Newgarden (1:17.8156-seconds) in the…

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How Much Did Mistake In Closing Laps Of The 2nd Race at Belle Isle Cost Rossi For Series Championship

Every year, there’s always that one defining moment during the course of a Verizon IndyCar Series season that we can pinpoint as the determining factor in the championship race. Last year’s was the pass that Josef Newgarden made on Simon Pagenaud in the closing laps of the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at the Gateway Motorsports Park. It’s really hard to project what would have happened over the final 30 laps of that race, but what if Newgarden doesn’t make that move or Pagenaud defends it a little better? Pagenaud, was…

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Tale Of The Tape, Who’s Winning 2018 INDYCAR Championship This Weekend

The season finale is already here. On Sunday evening at the Sonoma Raceway, we will crown a 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series champion. But, whom among the four eligible drivers will it be? Currently, Scott Dixon leads Alexander Rossi by 29 points. Will Power and Josef Newgarden and tied for third, but they’re 87 points back. We can practically eliminate them because the only shot that either Penske driver has at hoisting the Astor Cup championship trophy after Sunday’s race is to win and also hope that both Dixon and Rossi…

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How The Championship Eligible Drivers Have Fared At Sonoma

And then there were five. Out of all the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers competing in Sunday’s Sonoma Grand Prix (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) only five of them are eligible to win this year’s championship. With this being the 17th and final round of the year, one of those five will be hoisting the Astor Cup championship trophy following Sunday’s race. Here’s how those five have fared at Sonoma and how they’ve done this season. 

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Rossi And Newgarden’s Rise Has Put Them In Championship Conversation

Lets go back to the offseason between the 2015 and 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series seasons. Alexander Rossi was left without a future at the time in Formula One and Josef Newgarden had two career wins, 11 top five finishes, 23 top 10’s and just 366 laps led. While Newgarden was always regarded as a potential next “star” in the series, Rossi wasn’t even on the radar. Fast forward to nearly three years later, both are chasing down an INDYCAR legend for this year’s series championship.

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Dixon Gets 3 Points Back On Rossi For Last Week’s Fuel Call, What I Mean Here

PORTLAND, Ore – Scott Dixon has always told me that he never looks too deep into how things play out. If he’s wronged one way, he said it always comes back the other way to make up for it later. Well, lets rewind to last Saturday night. Dixon, finished third, one spot behind Alexander Rossi in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at the Gateway Motorsports Park. Rossi, was the only driver to stretch his fuel in the end as he went 71 laps without stopping en route to a second place…

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