An exciting Sunday is ahead of us as the Verizon IndyCar Series Finale will take place. This will be the first time since 2007 that a champion is crowned on a road course, namely the Sonoma Raceway.
Juan Pablo Montoya is featured in this race with a 34-point margin over Graham Rahal. It sounds like a great advantage but it is actually one that is difficult for Montoya to maintain since points made in the finale are doubled.
Montoya told USA TODAY Sports, “To go in there, Graham, yeah, it could still happen, but the other guy you’ve got to really look at is Dixon. Dixon is only 47 points away with double points. Even if he doesn’t win he’s going to finish way up there.”
Dixon seems to be a concern for Montoya as the challenge to overcome; he is currently holding the third position. Dixon has won twice in Sonoma and has been on Montoya´s tail for the second half. He also holds a victory from Long Beach in April. On Chip Ganassi Racing, this will be Dixon´s attempt at a fourth IndyCar Championship.
On Friday, during a practice session, driver Will Power was the fastest, while Montoya was ninth. Power said, “It was a good session, but tomorrow, obviously, really counts. We're in a good window. Just go home, study and have a look and see if we can make good changes, see if we can go a little faster."
"I'm pretty excited," Montoya stated after this practice. Knowing that points earned on Sunday count for two, "I think we got everything we need to be doing to put ourselves in this position. Sunday, whatever is going to happen is going to happen with double points."
Scoring last on this rehearsal race, we find Oriol Servia, who said, "Overall, a good practice session. We tried a lot of things. We obviously want to be a lot faster than that, but I just really couldn't put it together on new tires. Hopefully tomorrow."