Sonoma Raceway Tag

By INDYCAR SONOMA, California – Practice day at the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma did little to suggest a favorite among the four remaining contenders for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. After two practices Friday in preparation for the season finale at Sonoma Raceway, points leader Scott Dixon was third on the combined-session timesheet. He was sandwiched by Team Penske teammates Josef Newgarden and Will Power, each 87 points behind the four-time champion and holding glimmering hopes for the title. Alexander Rossi, 29 points out of the lead, cameRead More
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By Josh Farmer, Contributing Journalist SONOMA, California – Scott Dixon’s unblemished championship run looked even better during Friday’s opening practice sessions for the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma. The driver of the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing ended the day behind fellow title rival and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden. Dixon, who holds a 29-point lead over Alexander Rossi heading into Sunday’s race, noted that the lack of grip on the 2.385-mile road course made finding an ideal setup quite challenging. “I think everybody hasRead More
By Josh Farmer, Contributing Journalist SONOMA, California — Tony Kanaan will reach another milestone in his illustrious Indy car career as he makes his record 300th straight start – a record that began at Portland International Raceway in 2001. With 17 wins, Kanaan’s 21-year Indy car career has seen many peaks. The highest point arguably came in 2004 when he captured the championship and completed every lap in a season, a record that still stands. While he didn’t appreciate the magnitude of the situation then, it is something that the 43-year-oldRead More
By Josh Farmer, Contributing Journalist SONOMA, California – Capturing the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series manufactures championship has everybody at Honda ecstatic heading into Sunday’s season-ending INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma. Honda-powered cars sit atop the championship standings with Scott Dixon leading Alexander Rossi by 29 points ahead of Sunday’s 85 lap event. Team Penske’s Chevrolet powered cars of Will Power and Josef Newgarden lie 87 points apiece behind the leading duo. Art St. Cyr, CEO of Honda Performance Development, feels confident about the driver’s championship with representatives Scott Dixon (No. 9Read More
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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer SONOMA, California — In attempt of keeping continuity at Ed Carpenter Racing, the owner-driver confirmed at Friday’s press conference at Sonoma Raceway that Spencer Pigot will retain his ride in the No. 21 Chevrolet for 2019, and debunked rumors by announcing that he’ll run on all five ovals on the IndyCar Series schedule. After spending the past two seasons sharing a ride with Carpenter, the former Indy Lights champion will wrap up first full-season Sunday, looking to continue has his second-half stride stride. Among his seasonRead More
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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer SONOMA, California — At this time last season at Sonoma Raceway, Andretti Autosport and Group One Thousand One reached an agreement with Zach Veach of Stockdale, Ohio on a full-time Verizon IndyCar Series deal. Fast forward to Friday morning’s press conference, where Veach and Group One Thousand One announced an exciting partnership expansion with EverFi, Inc., which will allow both entities to share their passion for education on a technology level across multiple markets. EverFi is a digital education company based in Washington D.C., and isRead More

Posted On September 14, 2018By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Fittipaldi Building Momentum for Sonoma

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer After scoring the first top-10 finish of his Verizon IndyCar Series career at the Grand Prix of Portland, Pietro Fittipaldi hopes to make the most of his partial season with Dale Coyne Racing in the No. 19 Paysafe Honda in the season-ending Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. Fittipaldi had been splitting the car with former Indy Lights driver Zachary Claman De Melo and Santino Ferrucci before taking over the ride for the last five races of the 2018 season. At Portland, Fittipaldi started 16thRead More
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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer As a person who’s watched the Verizon IndyCar Series on a regular basis since 2007, I’ve always wondered what my INDYCAR experience would be like. This past weekend at Portland International Raceway, I had the privilege of covering the series return in the Pacific Northwest, but it also brought some flashbacks of my days at the University of Idaho. Compared to my first NASCAR race as a credentialed media member at Sonoma Raceway in June, my first-ever INDYCAR experience was like jumping into a big pound,Read More
By Josh Farmer, Contributing Journalist Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has named Carlos Munoz as the substitute driver for the injured Robert Wickens in the final two races of the Verizon IndyCar Series season at Portland and Sonoma. The Colombian will be making his second start of the season. Raced for Andretti Autosport in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, where he finished seventh. Wickens suffered multiple injuries in a crash in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway two weeks ago. He remains at the Lehigh Valley Hospital – CedarRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer SONOMA, California — For the second time in his career, Martin Truex, Jr. scored a win at Sonoma Raceway, ending the streak of nine different winners in nine years. After being heartbroken last year, Truex spoke about his two wins during the press conference, saying how he still recalls winning in 2013 for at the time, Michael Waltrip Racing, and treats each win as if it’ll be his last. “I remember that win like it was yesterday. It was huge,” said Truex. “I really feelRead More