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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Newgarden Becomes 2nd American Champion In Last 15 Years, Wins 2017 INDYCAR Championship

Sonoma, Calif – We always wondered when Josef Newgarden would end up in one of the premiere Verizon IndyCar Series rides. After improving each season with Sarah Fisher, Wink Hartman and Ed Carpenter, he finally signed with Team Penske in the offseason. That was the move that everyone has been waiting for. In his first season with Penske, Newgarden has been crowned as the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion. He won four times this season, including in just his third start with the team. It was the signature moment to why…

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Newgarden’s Winning Pass at Gateway Turns Out To Be Championship Winning Moment

Sonoma, Calif – You can point to a number of different scenarios throughout the course of any season to why a champion was crowned and one wasn’t. But, for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season, “the pass” at Gateway on August 26 turned out to be the biggest moment in this season and decided how the championship would play out. If you don’t remember the pass, let me remind you. 

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Simon Pagenaud Completes 100% Of INDYCAR Laps In 2017, Comes Up Just Short For The Title

Sonoma, Calif – I’ve been told numerous times by numerous athletes across all forms of sports that the hardest fight for an athlete isn’t the climb to the top, but to stay there. Simon Pagenaud told me on multiple occasions this season that defending his 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship was among the hardest fights he’s ever had. Well, he’s right. Pagenaud, won the season finale at Sonoma on Sunday. It was the second straight year that he won at the northern California track. Last year, was his fifth win of…

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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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Despite Starting 14th, Chilton Hails Sonoma Qualifying Best Of The Year

 Sonoma, Calif – The Verizon IndyCar Series is a tough series to compete in. From the top to the bottom, the difference between drivers are usually less than a second. That means spots in between are normally gapped by hundredths or thousandths of a second. That’s why Max Chilton can say that his 14th place qualifying effort for Sunday’s Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) is among the best he’s had all year. In all actuality, the 14th starting spot for the Chip Ganassi Racing driver…

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