2018 IndyCar Series finale preview: Dixon's fifth or Rossi's first
The 2018 IndyCar Series season will end this weekend at California’s Sonoma Raceway with the Grand Prix of Sonoma. The double points would be awarded and, mathematically, four drivers have a chance to take the championship trophy but, realistically, it would be a two-man battle between Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) and Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport).
The 38-year-old New Zealander Dixon has 598 points on his account after sixteen races in the #9 Honda, twenty-nine more than the 26-year-old American Rossi in the #27 Honda. Team Penske’s Will Power and Josef Newgarden collected 511 points each and they can reach the top only if both Dixon and Rossi will experience a really bad day at Sonoma.
For Scott Dixon, if he wins the title, it would be his fifth IndyCar Series championship and only one man will be better than him – AJ Foyt with seven titles. With 44 wins, Dixon is already third on the all-time winners’ list.
On the other side, Alexander Rossi will chase his sixth IndyCar victory and the first championship title. The man who won Indianapolis 500 in 2016 as a rookie, graduated as a championship contender in 2018 with three wins during the season. His three wins came on three different types of tracks – Long Beach street circuit, Mid-Ohio road course and Pocono’s oval, what proves that he’s capable to beat everyone everywhere.
At Sonoma’s season’s finale, Dixon and Rossi will race against 23 rivals. Among the full-time regulars and some part-time drivers, two youngsters from the Indy Lights Series will have their IndyCar Series debuts, both in Harding Racing’s Chevrolets. The freshly crowned Indy Lights champion Patricio O’Ward will drive the #8 car while his main opponent and Indy Lights runner-up Colton Herta will race in the #88 Chevrolet.