Verizon IndyCar Series Finale
For the fourth consecutive year, the Verizon IndyCar® Series will host its season finale on the Sonoma Raceway road course. This marks the series’ 14th consecutive year in Sonoma. The Grand Prix of Sonoma is the final race on the Verizon IndyCar Series’ 17-race schedule, which features six races on oval tracks, six on permanent road courses and five on temporary street circuits. The weekend marks the last INDYCAR event in Sonoma for the foreseeable future, as the series shifts its schedule for the 2019 season.
12-turn, 2.385-mile road course. The race will span 85 laps/202.7 miles.
2017 SERIES CHAMPION:
Josef Newgarden (Team Penske)
2017 RACE WINNER:
Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske)
2018 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON:
Heading into the finale in Sonoma, four drivers remain mathematically eligible to win the championship. Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) holds a slim 29-point lead over Nevada City native Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport). Will Power (Team Penske) sits in third, while reigning champion Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) is fourth. Dixon, Rossi, Power and Newgarden have each posted three wins so far this season, and with double points on the line in Sonoma, the championship will likely come down to the final lap.
- Team Penske swept the podium in 2017 as Simon Pagenaud won his second consecutive Grand Prix of Sonoma, while teammate Josef Newgarden finished second to wrap up the championship, becoming the first American champion in the series since Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2012.
- Team Penske has won three of the last four series titles with Will Power (2014), Pagenaud (2016) and Newgarden (2017).
- Northern California native Alexander Rossi (Nevada City), driver of the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda, will contend for the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship this year. Rossi won the 100thrunning of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016.
- Eight different INDYCAR drivers have won in Sonoma since the series debuted in 2005: Tony Kanaan (‘05), Marco Andretti (‘06), Helio Castroneves (‘08), Dario Franchitti (‘09), Ryan Briscoe(’12), Power (‘10, ’11, ‘13), Scott Dixon (’07, ’14, ‘15) and Pagenaud (’16, ‘17).
- Team Penske has won the most IndyCar races in Sonoma with seven. Chip Ganassi Racing Teamsboast four wins and Andretti Autosport has two.
- Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan are the only drivers who have competed in all 13 INDYCAR events in Sonoma.
DOUBLE POINTS RACE:
Double points will be awarded for the season finale. One-hundred points will be awarded to the winner of a double-points race, with the runner-up receiving 80 points and the third-place finisher receiving 70 points. Bonus points will be awarded to the pole winner (one point), for leading at least one lap (one point) and for most laps led (two points).
NEW AERO KIT:
The 2018 season featured the introduction of universal aero kits to be used by all teams. The road course configuration features multi-element wings on the rear and front wings for added downforce, equal padding on both sides of the cockpit, large brake ducts in the front and rear to allow more cooling and all tires are pointed inward to help the car at speed turn both left and right and maintain a good contact patch to the road surface.
Qualifying: Josef Newgarden, Sept. 16, 2017, 1:15.5205*, 113.691 mph
*Set in Round 3 of knockout qualifying
Race Lap: Simon Pagenaud, Sept. 17, 2017, 1:18.3576, 109.575 mph
The Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend will also include racing from the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA, Formula Car Challenge and Historic Trans Am Series.
SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES PACIFIC):
Friday, Sept. 14: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Practice , 9:20-10 a.m.; Formula Car Challenge (FCC) Practice, 10:15-10:45 a.m.; Grand Prix of Sonoma Practice, 11-11:45 a.m.; Historic Trans Am Practice, noon-12:20 p.m..; Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Practice, 12:35-1:15 p.m.; FCC Practice, 1:30-2 p.m.; Historic Trans Am Qualifying, 2:!5-2:45 p.m.; Grand Prix of Sonoma Practice, 3-4 p.m.; Verizon IndyCar Series Pit Stop Practice, 4:05-4:20 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 15: FCC Qualifying, 9-9:30 a.m.; Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Qualifying, 9:45-10:05 a.m.; Historic Trans Am Practice, 10:20-10:40 a.m.; Grand Prix of Sonoma Practice, 11-11:45 a.m.; FCC Race 1, 12:15-12:45 p.m.; Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Race 1, 1-2 p.m.; Historic Trans Am Race 1, 2:15-2:45 p.m.; Grand Prix of Sonoma Qualifying, 3-4:15 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 16: Historic Trans Am Warmup, 11-11:15 a.m.; FCC Race 2, 11:30 a.m.-noon; Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Race 2, 12:15-1:15 p.m.; Historic Trans Am Race 2, 1:30-2 p.m.; Grand Prix of Sonoma, 3:30 p.m.
TELEVISION (ALL TIMES PACIFIC):
Qualifying: Saturday, Sept. 15, 5-6:30 p.m. (delayed), NBC Sports Network
Race: Sunday, Sept. 16, 3:30-6:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet 360 (Canada)
All Verizon IndyCar Series on-track sessions not airing live on NBC Sports Network will be livestreamed at IndyCar.com.
Event hashtag: #SonomaGP
800-870-RACE (7223), www.SonomaRaceway.com/indycar