Sonoma Preview- Simon has a Simple Task

 

The IndyCar season closes Sunday at Sonoma Raceway with a two man race for the Series title.  Simon Pagenaud has a pretty easy job to win the championship- just stay close to Will Power all day.  Power has been very quick here winning the pole the last two years. In -race issues, a self inflicted spin in 2014 and contact with Juan Pablo Montoya last year took him out of contention for the win.

After spotting the field a race, Power has scored the most points in the races he has started. I don’t think he will be able to get enough points to beat Pagenaud, assuming both drivers run their usual race.  Power will probably lose the title by fewer than the 43 points he trails by now though.

Scott Dixon, while too far back to win his fifth title, could factor into who wins the Astor Cup. Dixon has won the last two races here with great pit strategy.  If he takes the lead,  Pagenaud simply has to follow one spot behind Power the rest of the race.

I think it’s great when the points I reader wins the last race. It puts an exclamation mark  on the season.  We could be in for an interesting game of who chases who on Sunday.

Notes:

Sonoma Raceway has a new four-sided scoring tower and video board to enjoy g dance viewing and tracking the race.

First points as they prepare for practice- Power -43.

While I’m sad to see the season end, I am grateful I attended a personal record number of races and am very excited for next year.

My race and season reviews will probably come out late next week. I am spending extended time in California visiting family.  As always, thanks for  reading.

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