Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi goes into this weekend’s double points Verizon IndyCar Series season finale Grand Prix of Sonoma well and truly still in the hunt for his first title.
The Californian who drives the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda has spent the entire 2018 season in the top three in the championship and is just 29 points behind leader Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing heading into this weekend.
Speaking ahead of the race, Rossi said:
It’s crazy to think that we are already at the end of the season. 2018 has been a great year for many reasons and I am excited to be able to close it out at my home track in front of an always large group of family and friends. We have had some really strong pace in the second half of the year so 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.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda commented by saying:
“It’s been a season of highs and lows and we’re heading into the season finale coming off our strong effort in Portland where we nearly won. The DHL team will be looking to close out the year on top with a win and double points at Sonoma.”
Zach Veach in the No.26 Group 1001 Honda is looking forward to the final race of the year saying:
“It’s hard to believe we’re already at the last race of my rookie season in IndyCar. We’ve accomplished a lot this year, top tens, a couple top fives and just last weekend our first [Firestone] Fast six. We’d definitely love to close the season out with a best-finish in the Group 1001 car. I know we have the speed to keep the momentum up in Sonoma!”
“It’s very important to end our year strong with the double points. We haven’t been finishing where our pace deserves lately. We need to capitalize here especially with it being the last Sonoma Race. It would be cool to get a second win there.”