Main Takeaways From Sunday’s INDYCAR Season Finale at Sonoma

Sonoma, Calif – It’s hard to believe, but the checkered flag has now flown on the 17th and final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season. Simon Pagenaud used great strategy to win Sunday’s Go Pro Grand Prix at Sonoma, but it wasn’t enough to win the 2017 championship. That distinction went to his Team Penske teammate of Josef Newgarden. With that being said, here are the main takeaways from Sunday’s race.

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Team Penske Wins 15th INDYCAR Championship, Dominates 2017 Season

Sonoma, Calif – After seeing three of his drivers finish in the top four of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series final standings, Team Penske went out and got the third place finisher. Heading towards the 2017 season, they had the top four of the championship standings from a year ago. With an aerokit freeze, everyone wondered if they could go 1-2-3-4 in the final standings. Instead, they went 1-2-4-5. That’s still a great year, as Josef Newgarden gave Roger Penske his 15th career INDYCAR championship and second straight. It was Penske’s…

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Pagenaud Wins INDYCAR Season Finale, Newgarden Wins 2017 Championship In Penske Dominated Race

Sonoma, Calif – Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series season finale was a race within a race. It was first off the battle for the 2017 championship, which coincided with a battle for the win in today’s Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma. In the end, Simon Pagenaud reached victory lane for the second time of the season and 11th time of his INDYCAR career. But, his Team Penske teammate of Josef Newgarden was the one hoisting the Astor Cup championship trophy when it was all said and done, as he finished second…

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Josef Newgarden Wins the Pole for the Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

Sonoma, Calif – The five Verizon IndyCar Series championship contenders saw their most important qualifying session occur on Saturday at the Sonoma Raceway. Track position is likely more important this weekend at Sonoma than it is anywhere else on the schedule. So, with double points on the line on Sunday and qualifying really shaping up the running order for much of the 85 Lap race, that made knockout qualifying intense. All five title contenders made it to the final round of qualifying, that’s not a surprise given that all five have…

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5 Favorites For Sunday’s Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

Sonoma, Calif – The Verizon IndyCar Series season finale is upon with Sunday’s Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). With that being said, seven drivers enter with a shot at this seasons championship. But, four of them realistically have a shot. As a surprise, I don’t have both of the top two in the standings on this list.

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Newgarden Leads IndyCar Practice at Sonoma, Friday’s Practice Report

Sonoma, Calif – After having six hours of on track testing on Thursday at the Sonoma Raceway, the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers had two more 45-minute practice sessions on the Northern California road course on Friday afternoon. If anything is certain, it appears that Sunday’s Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) will be Team Penske’s to lose. On Thursday, Penske drivers were 1-2-3 on the speed charts. In session No. 1 on Friday morning, they remained in that order. This time, there was a little bit…

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How Would IndyCar Points Look Without Qualifying Points/Double Points at Indy?

Rumors are swirling that the Verizon IndyCar Series may do without double points for the 2018 season. But, with that being said, where would the points standings be if there weren’t any double points races this season? Also, where would they lie if we didn’t award points for qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 too? Currently, Josef Newgarden leads Scott Dixon by just three points heading to the season finale this weekend at Sonoma. There’s also seven drivers that are still mathematically eligible to win this year’s title. Helio Castroneves (-22),…

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Sizing Up IndyCar Championship Finalists Chances For Sonoma

We’re down to the season finale of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. With that being said, six drivers head to Sonoma with a shot of hoisting this year’s Astor Cup championship trophy after Sunday’s Go Pro Indy Grand Prix (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). But, who has the best shot at winning this year’s championship? Currently, all five of the major drivers to win the title on Sunday will start in the top six. So, lets start with Josef Newgarden. In his first year with Penske, Newgarden has shined.…

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Hurricane Irma Could Affect How Helio Castroneves Approaches The Season Finale Leadup To Sonoma

For those that have been living under a rock, after Hurricane Harvey wrecked havoc on the Texas coast, another yet stronger hurricane is brewing in the Atlantic Ocean and those in it’s possible path are bracing for it’s impact. Hurricane Irma is going to possibly affect the eastern seaboard of the United States. With it being a Category 5 and having a track to make at least some kind of landfall in South Florida, it could really alter plans of a Verizon IndyCar Series driver too. Everyone knows that athletes…

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7 Drivers Left Eligible For IndyCar Title Heading to Season Finale

Watkins Glen, NY – Now that the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Watkins Glen is in the rear view mirror, the only thing left for this season is crowning a champion in two weeks at Sonoma. With that being said, eight drivers entered this weekend mathematically elgible to still hoist the Astor Cup trophy in northern California in a few weeks. Now, just eight drivers remain. Who are those eight and how have their fared this year?

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