IndyCar Championship Weekend

Dixon Seeking 5th Title, Ganassi Team Seeking 12th Title

Scott Stiller
September 14, 2018 - 2:02 pm
Alexander Rossi, Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden, Will Power, IndyCar Championship Astor Cup Trophy

Chris Owens-IndyCar Series


Sonoma, CA (93.7 The Fan) - The Verizon IndyCar Series Championship comes down to this weekend’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway in California.

PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon leads Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi by 29-points. Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden and Will Power are 87-points behind Dixon and have a mathematical shot at the title because it is a double-points race.  104-points are available this weekend.

Dixon has won 4-IndyCar titles and Chip Ganassi Racing has won 11-titles since 1996.  Newgarden is the defending series champion and Will Power captured the Astor Cup in 2014.  Rossi has never won the championship.

The championship is nearly a winner-take-all situation for both Dixon and Rossi and that’s fine with the drivers.

“We’ll try to have the fastest car we can prepare, qualify where we can and put our heads down,” said Dixon, who has scored victories at Sonoma in 2007, 2014 and 2015.  “Everyone on the PNC Bank team has been focused and working hard and we’ll just keep pushing like we have been all season and see what happens.”

“We have had some really strong pace in the 2nd half of the year,” said Rossi.  “We will be looking to execute the same thing this weekend, and hopefully, it will be enough to walk away with our first IndyCar championship.”

Newgarden and Power need perfect execution as well as some troubles for their rivals to come away with their second titles.

“It’s been a very up-and-down season, but we’re ready to do everything we can to make a run at the championship,” said Newgarden.  “Some races have gone our way, and some have not, but we’re going to forget about that and put a strong effort forward with the No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet.”

“We’re heading to Sonoma knowing we need to fight for every point we can for a chance at the championship,” said Power.  “We’ll need a little bit of luck on our side, but it’s still something we can achieve.”

This is the 13th consecutive year that the IndyCar Series championship will be decided in the final race.

There will be two practice session on Friday, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. ET and 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET.  One practice session on Saturday from 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. ET followed by qualifying from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. ET and the race Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

The race will be televised by the NBC Sports Network and carried by the IndyCar Radio Network.

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