The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale in Sonoma takes place in just under two weeks time.
Following a difficult race last time out in Portland, Team Penske’s defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Verizon Chevrolet and Will Power have technically taken themselves out of the title race.
Speaking following the Portland GP, Newgarden commented by saying:
“It was a tough day. I don’t know what else to say. We led some laps and I think we had a Verizon Chevrolet that was good enough to win it. It just didn’t fall our way. You can’t predict these INDYCAR races. I wish we could get Lady Luck on our side one of these days. It just seems to walk away from us as of late. (Scott) Dixon – he was able to take advantage of it today. Those guys are having a great year and luck falls on their side. Now, we will just go and try and win the season finale and do what we can. I don’t think we have much of a shot at the championship. We’ve given it a good effort here at Team Penske and you can’t ask much more out of the team.”
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet commented by saying:
I think on the warm-up lap before the green, something happened to the gearbox. It jumped to neutral, I went into emergency mode and made it go into gear and thought, ‘OK, that’s all right.’ Then, coming out of the hairpin on the first restart, it popped into neutral again and everyone behind me went past. Then, I realized I couldn’t use first gear. We were on a reasonable strategy and I made a mistake trying to keep (Matheus) Leist behind me. Then, the gearbox completely went. I’m not sure the gearbox would have made it the whole race, anyway. But man, it’s a tough sport. It’s too bad because it was actually going to be a reasonable day. We were on a path for two stops, but that’s racing. Now, we just go to Sonoma, have fun and win. And hopefully, have a good day, have a good finish to the year.”
Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing heads into the season finale with a 29 point lead over Alexander Rossi.
The Iceman has been extremely consistent this year and he can’t be discounted for the title.
It is going to extremely exciting end to the season.