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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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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Pagenaud Looking For 3rd Straight Sonoma Win With Penske The Favorites, But Will Their Championship Streak End?

It would be mildly shocking if one of the three Team Penske drivers weren’t victorious in Sunday’s Sonoma Grand Prix (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) at the Sonoma Raceway. I mean, Penske has won three of the five races on natural road courses in 2018 and have dominated this race over the last eight years. In fact, a Penske driver has won this race in six of the last eight years. Would you want to bet against them on Sunday?

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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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Bourdais/Power Lead INDYCAR Practices On Friday In Portland

PORTLAND, Ore – For the first time since 2007, the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers were laying down “official” laps around the 1.964-mile Portland International Raceway. While I know you may be thinking, didn’t they just run on Thursday there? Yes, they did, but Thursday’s times were “unofficial” laps due to having two separate test sessions. Friday’s times were able to go in the record book. 

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The “Big 4” Are Favorites For Sunday And Have Been Strong This Weekend

PORTLAND, Ore – If you’re looking to pick a race winner for Sunday’s Portland Grand Prix (2:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) look no further than the top four drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings. Yes, I know that’s an easy statement to make when we’re onto the penultimate race of the 2018 season and the top four drivers are the best favorites to win. Shocking, I know. But, you want to be right don’t you?

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Newgarden Needing Max Points Over Final 2 INDYCAR Races

Josef Newgarden is hoping to become the first driver since Dario Franchitti from 2009 to 2011 to win back-to-back Verizon IndyCar Series championships. With only two races remaining in the season, he’s still mathematically eligible to do so. But, in order for the Team Penske driver to win his second straight Astor Cup championship trophy, he’s going to need to be darn near perfect the rest of the way.  Currently, Newgarden heads into Sunday’s Portland Grand Prix (2:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) fourth in the standings, 78 points out. The…

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INDYCAR’s “Big 4” Have Intense Fight On Their Hands For Portland This Weekend, Why Dixon Forcing Drivers To Take Risks

Sunday’s Portland Grand Prix (2:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) is the penultimate race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. This is a race that holds a lot of weight. But, the series hasn’t came to the Pacific Northwest track in well over a decade. That could also throw a big wrench into things. Alexander Rossi has three straight top two finishes and trails Scott Dixon by 26 points. Will Power won last Saturday night and enters himself into the points push. He trails Dixon by 68 points. Only Josef…

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Gateway Is Newgarden’s Chance To Close Gap Between Himself and Dixon

If there was any time that Josef Newgarden was going to make up the most ground over Scott Dixon, this weekend at the Gateway Motorsports Park is it. With only three races-to-go in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Newgarden is running out of time for his bid to win back-to-back series championships. Currently, the Team Penske driver trails Dixon by 66 points heading into Saturday night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (8 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). While the season finale at Sonoma awards double points, he doesn’t want to be…

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