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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Mobil 1 The Grid Talks To IndyCar Drivers On the Art of The Pass

The art of the overtake is a carefully planned combination of strategy and instinct. And none more so than in IndyCar, where the Push to Pass button has revolutionised the approach when it comes to making a run on a fellow driver. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Charlie Kimball, Marco Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay to find out more. Watch The Video Here

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Milestone Starts Coming For Marco Andretti, Josef Newgarden This Weekend at Sonoma

Two American Verizon IndyCar Series drivers are set to make milestone starts in this weekend’s Go Pro Indy Grand Prix (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). Marco Andretti will make his 200th career IndyCar start on Sunday while Josef Newgarden will make his 100th start. For Andretti, it’s fitting his 200th career race comes at Sonoma, as the northern California road course was the site of his first career victory too. It happened to come in his rookie season in 2006. 

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Teammates Crucial In Alexander Rossi’s Decision To Remain With Andretti Autosport

Watkins Glen, NY – After the Indianapolis 500 last May, I wrote about how worried I was that Alexander Rossi would use this monumental ‘500 victory to gain a seat in Formula One. After all, he was left without an F1 ride early in 2016 and back to the United States he came. With an Indy 500 win now, I thought this could propel him back to Europe. Instead, not he’s now showing that he’s not going anywhere any time soon. Rossi, inked a “multi-year” extension with Andretti Autosport earlier this…

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Hometown Race Has Marco Andretti Wanting to Gain Momentum For 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – There’s no doubt that Marco Andretti is ready to put this season behind him and move onto a potentially career year in 2018. A possible new engine manufacturer for the Andretti Autosport team, a new car and better outlook could do wonders for him. He has the talent, just needs the luck and confidence. That’s why any added boost to end the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season could do wonders for his psyche for 2018. End this year on a high note and let that momentum carry over to…

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Will ABC Supply 500 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) Produce a 1st Ever Winner, Or 1st Time Winner This Season?

Long Pond, PA – With the Verizon IndyCar Series championship now in full force, forgive me for saying that the odds are that someone that has already won this season will end up in victory lane for Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 (2 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). After all, the points are so tight that any one of the top seven in the standings, all winners this year, could easily wind up in victory lane at the Pocono Raceway on Sunday afternoon. But, I could also make a strong case that we…

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Andretti Autosport Strong This Weekend, But Not Finishes They Wanted at Mid-Ohio

Lexington, OH – Momentum was the key word that the entire Andretti Autosport group was using heading to Mid-Ohio this weekend. They had three cars come away with top six finishes at Toronto two weeks ago. This weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, they had three cars inside the top 10 yet again. This time though, that thrill was gone. Despite a strong showing, they’re equally disappointed now as well. 

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