Dixon Nets 5th Career Championship, Further Adds To His Legacy

SONOMA, Calif – Scott Dixon may be driving better in year 18 in his career than he was in his prime. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver drove flawlessly through the entire 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season and was the one hoisting the Astor Cup championship trophy on a sunny day in Sonoma on Sunday. Dixon, had a 29 point advantage in the standings heading into this weekend and he put his No. 9 Honda on the front row for Sunday’s season finale. He’d remain second for much of the 85 Lap…

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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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Pato O’Ward Drawing Huge Praise From Veteran Competitors On Friday

SONOMA, Calif – One of the most impressive performances on Friday was that of Patricio O’Ward. The Harding Racing driver made his first laps in a Verizon IndyCar Series ride just last week. Prior to that, he’s never been in one of these new cars before. Among the 24 other drivers in the field, 19 of them have made at least 12 starts this season. Here O’Ward was hopping into his No. 8 Chevrolet for just the third time of his career and mixing it up with the top veterans of…

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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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5th INDYCAR Championship Would Put Scott Dixon Into Category Of Best Ever

I think right now, we just assume that A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti are the best there ever were in terms of open wheel racers in North America. I mean heading into this season, they were the top two in nearly every statistical category there ever was in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Foyt had seven championship, most ever. Andretti had four. Foyt had 67 wins, most ever, Andretti has 52, second most ever. In terms of poles, Andretti has 67, most ever, Foyt had 53, second ever. They were 1-2…

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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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