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Simon Pagenaud says his surprise four-stop strategy that won the 2017 IndyCar finale at Sonoma was planned with his engineer over text the night before.
Newly-crowned IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden says he was “steaming” at missing out on victory in the Sonoma finale, despite winning the title.
A bold tire strategy and a charging drive took Simon Pagenaud from third on the grid to win at Sonoma, but Penske teammate Josef Newgarden claimed the big prize and is the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion.
Graham Rahal put the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda on top by 0.7sec in raceday warm-up, helped by running softer compound tires, but all eyes were on the main championship protagonists.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon is confident that he can fight for his fifth Verizon IndyCar Series title tomorrow, despite being outpaced by his title rivals in qualifying at Sonoma Raceway.
Simon Pagenaud put his Penske-Chevrolet at the top of the times in third practice for this weekend’s season finale, but championship hopeful Scott Dixon appeared to make a major leap forward, beating the remainder of the Penske armada.
Josef Newgarden is looking strong for tomorrow’s qualifying session after topping the speed charts when all cars tried the softer-compound Firestones in this afternoon’s qualifying session.
Championship leader Josef Newgarden threw down the gauntlet to his Team Penske-Chevrolet teammates and title rivals by topping opening practice for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series finale.
Indy Lights race winner Zachary Claman De Melo is likely to race a second Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda in IndyCar’s season finale at Sonoma Raceway.