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· It's Official! Nico Hulkenberg continues with Sahara Force India in 2016 and 2017 (Sep 1, 2015)
· Dixon Pockets $1 Million Bonus for Winning Fourth Verizon IndyCar Series Title (Sep 1, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Race Results - Dixon Wins Championship and Race! (Aug 30, 2015)
· 2015 Bowmanville: NASCAR Truck Race Results - Jones, Toyota Win! (Aug 30, 2015)
· 2015 British GP (Silverstone): MotoGP Race Results - Rain-master Rossi re-takes championship lead (Aug 30, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Starting Line-up & Race Preview (Aug 30, 2015)
· Wisconsin native Paul Menard wins in nail-biting Road America finish (Aug 29, 2015)
· 2015 Bowmanville: NASCAR Truck Qualifying Results - Tagliani, Ford On Pole! (Aug 29, 2015)

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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Race Results - Dixon Wins Championship and Race!

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Ganassi IndyCar driver Scott Dixon and his No. 9 Chevrolet has won the championship with a victory at the GoPro…

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2015 Mid-Ohio: IndyCar Race Results - Rahal, Honda Win!

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It was an emotional win for IndyCar driver Graham Rahal and his No. 15 Honda who has won the Honda…

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2015 Iowa: IndyCar Race Results - Hunter-Reay, Honda Win!

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In front of 20,000, Ryan Hunter-Reay and his No. 9 Andretti Autosport prepared Honda took the lead on lap 264…

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2015 Milwaukee: IndyCar Race Results - Bourdais, Chevrolet Win!

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In front of 30,000, KV Racing IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais and his No. 11 Chevrolet has won the thrilling finish…

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2015 Detroit: IndyCar Race Results - Munoz Wins!

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In a rain shortened event, Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver Carlos Munoz and his No. 26 Honda has won the Chevrolet…

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Montoya Earns $2.4 Million For Winning 99th Indianapolis 500

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Juan Pablo Montoya earned $2,449,055 from an overall purse of $13,397,315 for his victory Sunday, May 24, in the 99th…

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Montoya Wins Indy 500 Slugfest in Closing Laps

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Fifteen years between Indy 500 victories. Yes, that is a long time for anyone to wait. However, given what Juan…

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2015 Indianapolis 500 (Indy 500): IndyCar Race Results - Montoya Wins!

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On a partly cloudy day in front of 250,000, IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya has won the 99th Indianapolis 500…

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IndyCar Suffers Through Indy 500 Weekend, Dixon on Pole

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In what usually is an exciting weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, really turned into a dismal time for the…

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IndyCar Top Stories
· 2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Race Results - Dixon Wins Championship and Race! (Aug 30, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Starting Line-up & Race Preview (Aug 30, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Power, Penske On Pole! (Aug 29, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Practice One Results - Power, Rahal Fastest (Aug 29, 2015)
· A Class Act Till the End: Justin Wilson Will be Missed (Aug 25, 2015)
· IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson Succumbs to Injuries (Aug 25, 2015)
· Update 3: IndyCar Driver Justin Wilson in Coma, Critical Condition After Scary Accident At Pocono (Aug 23, 2015)

2015 Schedule and Points Standings


2015 : Formula One Grand Prix Schedule
# Date Race Winner/Time (*)
1 Mar 15 Australian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
2 Mar 29 Malaysia Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel - Ferrari
3 Apr 12 Chinese Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
4 Apr 19 Bahrain Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
5 May 10 Spanish Grand Prix Nico Rosberg - Mercedes
6 May 24 Monaco Grand Prix Nico Rosberg - Mercedes
7 Jun 7 Canadian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
8 Jun 21 Austrian Grand Prix Nico Rosberg - Mercedes
9 Jul 5 British Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton - Mercedes
10 Jul 26 Hungarian Grand Prix 8:00 AM
11 Aug 23 Belgian Grand Prix 8:00 AM
12 Sep 6 Italian Grand Prix 8:00 AM
13 Sep 20 Singapore Grand Prix 8:00 AM
14 Sep 27 Japanese Grand Prix 1:00 AM
15 Oct 11 Russian Grand Prix 7:00 AM
16 Oct 25 United States Grand Prix 3:00 PM
17 Nov 1 Mexican Grand Prix 2:00 PM
18 Nov 15 Brazilian Grand Prix 11:00 AM
19 Nov 29 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 8:00 AM

*All times are in ET





2015 : Formula One Drivers Standings
Pos Driver CTY Team Points
1 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 194
2 Nico Rosberg GER MERCEDES 177
3 Sebastian Vettel GER FERRARI 135
4 Valtteri Bottas FIN WILLIAMS 77
5 Kimi Raikkonen FIN FERRARI 76
6 Felipe Massa BRA WILLIAMS 74
7 Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull 36
8 Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull 27
9 Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India 24
10 Romain Grosjean FRA LOTUS 17
11 Felipe Nasr BRA SAUBER 16
12 Sergio Perez MEX Force India 15
13 Pastor Maldonado VEN LOTUS 12
14 Max Verstappen NED Toro Rosso 10
15 Carlos Sainz ESP Toro Rosso 9
16 Marcus Ericsson SWE SAUBER 5
17 Jenson Button GBR MCLAREN 4
18 Fernando Alonso ESP MCLAREN 1
19 Roberto Merhi ESP MARUSSIA 0
20 Will Stevens GBR MARUSSIA 0



Dixon Pockets $1 Million Bonus for Winning Fourth Verizon IndyCar Series Title
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, September 01, 2015 - 06:35 AM
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Dixon Pockets $1 Million Bonus for Winning Fourth Verizon IndyCar Series Title


Less than 24 hours after claiming the fourth Verizon IndyCar Series championship of his career, Scott Dixon was officially minted as the 2015 series champion.

Dixon, who won the 2015 crown with a come-from-behind win at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 30, was honored along with other drivers, teams and manufacturers during the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in downtown San Francisco.

Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, presented Dixon and team owner Chip Ganassi with a $1 million championship bonus check and replicas of the Astor Challenge Cup, the Verizon IndyCar Series' championship trophy.

"I'm fortunate to drive in INDYCAR and with this team for 14 years," Dixon said. "With the depth of the competition, winning a championship in INDYCAR is challenging and gratifying. It's all the small pieces that you have to get out of the car, and this year especially with the introduction of the aero kits. As a team, I think we really do a good job. I couldn't be prouder of the whole team's efforts."


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Chaves Captures Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Title At Sonoma
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, September 01, 2015 - 06:07 AM
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Chaves Captures Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Title At Sonoma


After an emotionally challenging week for the Indycar community, it was time to conclude the 2015 season at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. The double points weekend put both the overall driver's and Sunoco Rookie of the Year championships in play, the latter being the focus of the BHA team and driver Gabby Chaves.

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Rising Star Racing's Newgarden Enjoys Career-Best IndyCar season
Posted by: newsla on Monday, August 31, 2015 - 05:34 PM
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Rising Star Racing's Newgarden Enjoys Career-Best IndyCar season


Rising Star Racing’s Josef Newgarden saw his own star rise dramatically through the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

With two IndyCar Series victories for his CFH Racing squad, regularly stout performances in qualifying including taking his career-first IndyCar pole for the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile, and a strong seventh in the final championship standings, Newgarden marked himself not as just a talent to keep an eye on, but as one to watch, now.

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Go Puck, Creators Of The World's First Wearable Power, Partner With CFH Racing
Posted by: newsla on Monday, August 31, 2015 - 05:51 AM
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Go Puck, Creators Of The World's First Wearable Power, Partner With CFH Racing


GO PUCK, the World's 1st Wearable Power for Mobile Devices, debuted today as a partner on the GoPro Chevrolet of CFH Racing.
Driven by Josef Newgarden, a championship contender in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the GO PUCK-sponsored GoPro Indy car will start outside of the front row in today's 85-lap season finale.

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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Race Results - Dixon Wins Championship and Race!
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 07:20 PM
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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Race Results - Dixon Wins Championship and Race!



Scott Dixon wins at Sonoma to win the 2015 IndyCar championship!

Scott Dixon wins at Sonoma to win the 2015 IndyCar championship!
Credit: PaddockTalk / Paul Hurley



By Mike Sulka

Ganassi IndyCar driver Scott Dixon and his No. 9 Chevrolet has won the championship with a victory at the GoPro GP of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway in California. For Dixon, it is his fourth IndyCar championship - and third win of the 2015 IndyCar season. It was also his 37th of his IndyCar career and 38th major open-wheel win. In addition, it was Dixon's second straight Sonoma victory, and third overall.

Dixon started the day 47 points behind and third in the championship. He did everything he needed to tie the points and win on the tie-breaker. Dixon would comment saying, "I don't know what to say. It was such a long-shot!"

It was Ganassi Racing's 100th IndyCar win, and 11th IndyCar championship. Dixon has raced for Ganassi for 14 years.

Ryan Hunter-Reay would finish second in his Andretti Autosport prepared Honda. It was his third podium of the year, and 29th of his IndyCar career - 32nd overall.

Charlie Kimball took the final step on the podium, his second of the year and sixth of his career.

The season finale started with Will Power taking control from Pole, and keeping the lead through a treacherous Turn Two. Behind, Juan Pablo Montoya was able to move up to fourth - up one - while his primary championship contender - Graham Rahal - slide back to ninth from sixth.

On Lap 4, mathematical championship contender Helio Castroneves stopped for a new front nose after suffering damage to his front wing. The Brazilian returned to the track in 24th.

On Lap 32, the first yellow of the day came out for a slow Luca Filippi who was suffering with throttle problems. Montoya came in in fifth, Rahal in sixth. They each moved up one position as Ryan Hunter-Reay dropped back four positions. However, on track half the field didn't stop for fuel.

Sebastian Saavedra took the green flag for the restart on Lap 38, before the lap was completed Will Power ended up off track after contact with his Team Penske teammate Montoya. Power slid down the track after stalling and was able to resume. Montoya's front wing was damaged by Power's move.

The caution flag came back out on Lap 39, Montoya pitted for a new front wing and lost eight positions.

Racing resumed on Lap 43, once again Sebastian Saavedra led the field back to the green flag. As out-of-sequence leaders pitted, Scott Dixon was in the lead on Lap 50. It was also significant that at that point, Montoya was 13th and the championship lead was Dixon's.

On Lap 54, Montoya got past James Jakes, Carlos Munoz to move up to 11th. On Lap 57, Tony Kanaan came from behind on fresher tires to help his teammate - Dixon - to get past Montoya moving him back to 12th. Sebastien Bourdais would be next to knock Montoya down on Lap 60, he two with eight less laps on his tires.

On Lap 61, Josef Newgarden's championship hopes went up in flames as his car stalled, caught fire required a push start during a very long pitstop.

Dixon would pit a lap later with Rahal also pitting. Montoya would be in another lap later, returning to track in 17th.

On Lap 64, James Jakes apparently suffered brake failure and he slammed into the tire barrier ending his day and bringing out the third caution of the day. Jakes was able to walk away from the accident.

Dixon would lead the field back to green on lap 69, Montoya would charge forward to 10th place and then benefit from an accident with Carlos Munoz and Stefano Coletti. He was 8th, and needed to move up to 5th for his second championship.

Once again, Dixon led as racing resumed on Lap 73. Montoya couldn't attack Bourdais. But Bourdais could attack Rahal for sixth. On Lap 76, Bourdais would punt Rahal entering the hairpin. Rahal would resume, but Montoya would move up to seventh. With six laps to go, Bourdais was handed a drive-through penalty for avoidable contact, Montoya would move up to sixth, but three seconds behind Briscoe in 5th.

With three to go, Montoya had closed to within two seconds of Briscoe. Montoya's charge would finish one second short of the championship.

Montoya would say, "We had a competitive car, but it feels like we gave it away."

Scott Dixon is your 2015 IndyCar champion!

That concludes the season for the IndyCars. Thank you for making paddocktalk.com a part of your racing family this year.

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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Qualifying - Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 07:43 AM
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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Qualifying - Recap


Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power reset his year-old track record in the Firestone Fast Six to earn the Verizon P1 Award and pace four of the six championship contenders who will start on the first three rows for the title-deciding GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Driving the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, this is the fourth track record broken by Power this season and the sixth track record broken in 2015 following the introduction of aero kits by Chevrolet and Honda.

Three rounds of qualifications set the 25-car grid for the 85-lap race Aug. 30 (1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET on NBCSN) that carries double base points along with bonus points for the pole (one point), leading a lap (one) and leading the most laps (two).

Power claimed his sixth pole start of the season and 42nd of his career, which is fifth on the all-time Indy car list.


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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Qualifying - Notebook
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 07:43 AM
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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Qualifying - Notebook


Penske Shares Wall of Fame Honor with Wilson

Roger Penske is a firm believer in the strength of the team, and as owner of the most prolific organization in Indy car history, he should know. That's why, while being inducted to the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame today, Penske felt compelled to have a recently departed favorite member of the Verizon IndyCar Series team share the honor.

As the plaque bearing his name and likeness was unveiled in Victory Lane, Penske asked Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway's president and general manager, to have Justin Wilson's name inscribed on it, too, before the plaque is posted with those of other wall of fame members behind the track's main grandstand.

"I wouldn't let this day go by without having his name on that plaque with me," Penske said of the 37-year-old driver who died Aug. 24 from a head injury sustained the day before at Pocono Raceway, "because he's one of the great guys. We lose a great friend and a competitor, and we need to honor him also."


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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Qualifying - Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 07:42 AM
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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Qualifying - Quotes


WILL POWER (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "Basically, we were just going to do two one-lap runs on the used reds, but Newgarden went out and put a pretty good time up, so we had no choice but to use the new blacks at the end there. It was the obvious choice at the end but I had to work for it. I'm really stoked. I love qualifying and very happy to end the year with a pole position."

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "I'm pretty happy. On road courses we've gotten better. It's kind of funny because, apart from Indy (Grand Prix), we haven't made the Fast Six on a road course. It was encouraging today that we did. I felt like we did a really good job in practice this morning and again in qualifying. We have to be smart, we have to be patient and see what it brings."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet): "We had a fantastic Hitachi Chevrolet this morning. Unfortunately, the track changed. We made a little change and it obviously didn't go how we had hoped. We had a little bit of understeer and it just didn't work for us on the red (alternate) tires. Hopefully, it will come around for us tomorrow. It will definitely make it more challenging starting in the middle of the pack, but we know the Hitachi car is fast. As we've seen this year, anything can happen and we'll be doing our best."


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2015 Sonoma: Watch IndyCar Race LIVE Streaming, Weather & TV Schedule
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 07:37 AM
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2015 Sonoma: Watch IndyCar Race LIVE Streaming, Weather & TV Schedule


By PaddockTalk.com Staff Writers

Today is round sixteen - season finale - of the 2015 IndyCar season on the road course circuit on the at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The race coverage begins 4 PM ET and runs until 8PM. The race will be shown LIVE on NBCSN. Will Power is the pole sitter after qualifying up front on Saturday.

Today's options to enjoy the race includes LIVE streaming, live-timing and scoring, and more!

You can follow IndyCar streaming audio of on-track activity at indycar.com.

For LIVE TV, the NBCSN network begins coverage today at 4 PM ET and runs until 8 PM.

As for the rest of your options, you can check out live-timing. IndyCar.com is the best place for LIVE timing and scoring... racecontrol.indycar.com.

To listen live on your Verizon Android devices, Text Indy to 3406

There will be no LIVE video streaming, so if you can't find a TV with broadcast television, you'll have to resort to contraband streaming sites.

On Twitter, use the tag @IndyCar (#IndyCar), @RaceSonoma (#GoProGrandPrix)

The weather is going to be sunny with temperatures in the mid-80s F, there is a no chance of rain this afternoon.

Enjoy today's IndyCar race!

Stay tuned to paddocktalk.com for all of your IndyCar racing results, updates and coverage!


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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Starting Line-up & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 07:29 AM
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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Starting Line-up & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

The IndyCar series has been racing at the 2.385-mile, 12-turn road course at Sonoma Raceway since 2005. The track is dusty, and dirty and when the wind kicks up the surface can become very tricky. It has many elevation changes which make it a bit more interesting than the configuration would suggest. The track will hold 102,000 fans at full capacity.

The first IndyCar race at the track dates back to 2005 with Tony Kanaan taking victory in a Dallara/Honda.

Seven different drivers have won the ten events at the track. Four of the last seven events at the track have been won from Pole, and nine of the ten events have been won from the front three qualifiers. The event has never been won from a starting position of six or lower. Only once has a fifth place qualifier won - Scott Dixon in 2007.

But here's the most recent trend, Will Power has won three of the last five races at Sonoma. Power and Dixon are the only two drivers with multiple wins at the track. Today, Power will start from Pole.

In our minds, we need to look no further to pick our winner.

As for the championship, front-runners Juan Pablo Montoya and Graham Rahal start fifth and sixth respectively. If Montoya finishes third, and Rahal doesn't win, the championship is Montoya's. Any scenario beyond that could get very complicated.

This will be the 10th straight year the IndyCar championship is decided in the season finale.

Enjoy the race! It is sure to be a great one!


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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Power, Penske On Pole!
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 07:30 PM
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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Qualifying Results - Power, Penske On Pole!


By Mike Sulka

Team Penske IndyCar driver Will Power and his No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet has taken the Pole with a track record lap of 1:16.2597 for the 2015 GoPro GP of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. For Power, it is his sixth Pole of the 2015 IndyCar season, and 37th of his IndyCar career and 42nd of his major open-wheel career.

Starting second will be Josef Newgarden and his No. 67 Chevrolet after turning a lap of 1:16.3964. It will be his best starting position since he took Pole at Milwaukee.

Qualfying third quick, Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay and his No. 28 Honda put up a lap of 1:16.6683. It is Hunter-Reay's best starting position of the season. He started fourth at Long Beach.

Simon Pagenaud and his No. 22 Chevrolet will start fourth with championship contenders Juan Pablo Montoya and Graham Rahal starting fifth and sixth respectively.

Championship points leader Montoya said, "We did what we had to do today." Montoya is racing for his second IndyCar championship, his first won 16 years ago.

Next up will the the season finale on Sunday. The championship is on the line, and the battle will be exciting throughout the day.

Stay tuned to PaddockTalk.com for all of your IndyCar news, rumors and results!

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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Practice - Quotes
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 06:31 AM
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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Practice - Quotes


WILL POWER (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "It definitely was an interesting session. It was the first time we got to try the new (Firestone primary) tire. Basically on a long run, it definitely degrades a lot. I think that will create good racing. 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."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 Steak 'n Shake Honda): "I think it was a good start for us. The beginning of the session, we weren't very good. We made some changes from the test and we were struggling pretty bad there. At the end of the day, we got the car turned around. The guys made some big changes. The guys did an excellent job back in the garage and got it turned really quickly. We went out there and it was miles better. We put a solid lap in there. We were on another one that was four tenths up on that one, but caught (Stefano) Coletti. The car seems good, it seems competitive, seems consistent. As Will (Power) talked about earlier today, it would be nice to start up front, but who knows what can happen. It's going to be a long race."


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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Practice - Notebook
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 06:30 AM
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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Practice - Notebook


Montoya Chasers Know What They Must Do

The six drivers mathematically eligible for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship heading into the race gathered to meet with media today before the practice session. While all five drivers trailing leader Juan Pablo Montoya realize their chances are slim, none are giving up.

"If there's a chance, it's possible," said Helio Castroneves, driver of the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, who's fifth in points and trails Montoya by 77. "That's exactly the mentality we have."

All of the contenders chasing Montoya know the script is simple: Each pretty much must win the 85-lap race Aug. 30 and hope Montoya doesn't fare well.

"That's the best-case scenario," said Graham Rahal, 34 points behind Montoya in second place. "We finish third, fourth, fifth (in the race), it becomes obviously a bit more difficult because you're banking on Juan finishing 12th or worse. I don't think that's likely. We're going to go out there this weekend and do the best we can and try to get a win."

Will Power is the defending series champion, but knows what must happen if he has any hope of a repeat.


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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Practice One Results - Power, Rahal Fastest
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 06:29 AM
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2015 Sonoma: IndyCar Practice One Results - Power, Rahal Fastest


Three of the six Verizon IndyCar Series championship contenders were among the top five on the speed chart in the initial practice session for the title-deciding GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 30.

Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power's year-old track record of 1 minute, 17.2393 seconds, set in qualifications on the 2.385-mile, 12-turn road course, will be challenged in the three rounds of qualifying Aug. 29.

Power, who is fourth in the standings, recorded the quickest lap of 1:17.4858 today in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

"It was the first time we got to try the new (Firestone primary) tire. Basically on a long run, it definitely degrades a lot. I think that will create good racing," said Power, who has won three times and added a second-place finish in the past five years at Sonoma Raceway. "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."

American Graham Rahal, who is 34 points behind championship front-runner Juan Pablo Montoya entering the season finale, was 0.1326 of a second off the top lap time in the No. 15 Steak 'n Shake Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, who has won two of the past three Verizon IndyCar Series races in the No. 28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport, was third (1:17.6423). Three-time series champion Scott Dixon, who is fourth in the standings, was also fourth in practice (1:17.7937) in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

Montoya, driving the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, will chase his second career Indy car championship in the 85-lap race that features double base points in addition to the usual four bonus points available for earning the Verizon P1 Award (one point) in the three rounds of qualifying, leading a lap (one point) and leading the most race laps (two points).

He recorded a best lap of 1:18.0901 in today's practice, ninth quick in the 3-hour, 30-minute session. Four different teams were represented in the top five and the top 10 were separated by six-tenths of a second.

"I think we've been doing everything we need to put ourselves in this position," said Montoya, who has stood atop the standings since winning the opener March 29 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., to start his second Indy car season after a 14-year absence.

"It's been a very cool year," he said. "We had our struggles last year. We won a race and everything, but we struggled most of the year. So we did a little work over the winter to get where we needed to be. We've been really good all year."

Helio Castroneves, who was seventh on the practice time chart, and Josef Newgarden, who posted the 13th-quickest lap time, also are eligible for the title.

"Whatever is going to happen is going to happen with double points," Montoya added.


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2015 Sonoma Q&A: IndyCar - Title Contenders
Posted by: ASkyler on Friday, August 28, 2015 - 07:55 PM
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2015 Sonoma Q&A: IndyCar - Title Contenders


THE MODERATOR: We'll go ahead and get started with today's Verizon IndyCar Series media availability. We are pleased to be joined by our six (five of six are Team Chevy drivers) championship contenders for the Verizon IndyCar Series title which will be decided on Sunday.

Juan, you look preoccupied, but we are going to start with you as our points leader. You've had an incredible season, winning the Indy 500, a lot of success since you returned to the Verizon IndyCar Series. What does it mean to you to be vying for a championship so close to your return in the series?

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA: It's been a good year. I think a lot of people expected me last year to be really good from the get-go. I knew it was going to take some time to get used to it.

It's been a very cool year. We had our struggles last year. Yeah, we won a race and everything, but we struggled most of the year I felt like. So we did a little work over the winter to get where we needed to be. We've been really good all year.

I'm pretty excited. I'm pretty excited. 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.


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Team Reports
· 2015 Sonoma: KVRT/KVSH Racing IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 31, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: CFH Racing IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 31, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 31, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 31, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 31, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Qualifying Recap (Aug 30, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: CFH Racing IndyCar Qualifying Recap (Aug 30, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Qualifying Recap (Aug 30, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: KVRT and KVSH Racing IndyCar Qualifying Recap (Aug 30, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Practice Recap (Aug 29, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: CFH Racing IndyCar Race Preview (Aug 28, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: BHA Racing IndyCar Race Preview (Aug 28, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: KVRT & KVSH Racing IndyCar Race Preview (Aug 27, 2015)
· 2015 Sonoma: Rising Star Racing IndyCar Race Preview (Aug 27, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: Gabby Chaves IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 25, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 24, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 24, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: CFH Racing IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 24, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: Chevrolet IndyCar Qualifying Recap (Aug 23, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Qualifying Recap (Aug 23, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports IndyCar Qualifying Recap (Aug 23, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: KVSH Racing IndyCar Qualifying Recap (Aug 23, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: CFH Racing IndyCar Qualifying Recap (Aug 23, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Qualifying Recap (Aug 23, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: Justin Wilson IndyCar Qualifying Recap (Aug 23, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: BHA Racing IndyCar Race Preview (Aug 21, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: Justin Wilson IndyCar Race Preview (Aug 21, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: KVSH Racing IndyCar Race Preview (Aug 20, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: KV Racing IndyCar Race Preview (Aug 20, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: Chevrolet IndyCar Race Preview (Aug 20, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Race Preview (Aug 19, 2015)
· 2015 Pocono: CFH Racing IndyCar Race Preview (Aug 18, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: KV Racing IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 03, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: KVSH Racing IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 03, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: BHA IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 03, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 03, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 03, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: CFH IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 03, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports IndyCar Race Recap (Aug 03, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: CFH Racing IndyCar Qualifying Recap (Aug 02, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Qualifying Recap (Aug 02, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Qualifying Recap (Aug 02, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: KVRT And KVSH Racing IndyCar Qualifying Recap (Aug 02, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Practice Recap (Aug 01, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Practice Recap (Aug 01, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: Chevrolet IndyCar Race Preview (Jul 30, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Race Preview (Jul 29, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: CFH Racing IndyCar Race Preview (Jul 28, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: Sebastien Bourdais IndyCar Race Preview (Jul 28, 2015)
· 2015 Mid-Ohio: KV Racing IndyCar Race Preview (Jul 28, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: Rising Star Racing IndyCar Race Recap (Jul 20, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: Chevrolet IndyCar Race Recap (Jul 19, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: CFH IndyCar Race Recap (Jul 19, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race Recap (Jul 19, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: KVRT/KVSH Racing IndyCar Race Recap (Jul 19, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Race Recap (Jul 19, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: SPM IndyCar Race Recap (Jul 19, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: BHA IndyCar Race Recap (Jul 19, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Practice Recap (Jul 18, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Practice Recap (Jul 18, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: Rising Star Racing IndyCar Race Preview (Jul 17, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: BHA IndyCar Race Preview (Jul 17, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: KV Racing IndyCar Race Preview (Jul 16, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: KVSH Racing IndyCar Race Preview (Jul 16, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: CFH Racing IndyCar Race Preview (Jul 15, 2015)
· 2015 Iowa: Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar Race Preview (Jul 15, 2015)
· 2015 Milwaukee: Rising Star Racing IndyCar Race Recap (Jul 14, 2015)
· 2015 Milwaukee: Gabby Chaves IndyCar Race Recap (Jul 13, 2015)
· 2015 Milwaukee: CFH IndyCar Race Recap (Jul 13, 2015)
· 2015 Milwaukee: Andretti Autosport IndyCar Race Recap (Jul 13, 2015)


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