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Pagenaud wins the Astor Cup!

Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud wins the 2016 Verizon IndyCar series Championship. The Frenchman, who only needed to finish 5th to secure victory, won the GoPro Grand Prix at Sonoma raceway to claim his first ever IndyCar title.

Pagenaud’s victory was assured though after team mate and only other rival, Will Power suffered technical issues after 38 laps resulting in the Australian finishing 8 laps down.

However it was a dominating weekend for Pagenaud, who won the pole to earn another point, led the most laps and won a race that was worth double points in the standings.

Graham Rahal finished 2nd for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and despite the word being that he will not be driving for Penske next year, Juan Pablo Montoya finished 3rd to round out the podium.

Native Californian and Rookie of the Year, Alexander Rossi finished 5th to secure his 5th top ten finish to secure 11th in the Championship. Rossi ran out of fuel on the last lap which allowed his team mate Ryan Hunter-Reay to pass him for 4th. Andretti Autosport is keen to keep Rossi for 2017 however he is rumoured to be in the running to replace Montoya at Penske. However it looks as if there are no Formula One teams interested in Rossi, meaning that he will most likely be in IndyCar for 2017.

Both Conor Daly and Spencer Pigot retired from the race after suffering mechanical failures.

It was the 14th championship for Team Penske, which is in it’s 50th year of racing. In addition to the title, the team claimed 2nd and 3rd in the standings with Power and Brazilian, Hélio Castroneves. Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden came 4th. The American is also in the running to take Montoya’s seat.

Team owner, Roger Penske stated that; “It was a great run…/…I just take my hat off to the whole team and what they’ve done all season long. To cap it off here with another win, 10 wins for these guys. Certainly Pagenaud dug deep all year and came up with a win for the team. I think you see how good we are.”

IndyCar is scheduled to return on the 12th of March for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida.

Race Results

  1. Simon Pagenaud
  2. Graham Rahal
  3. Juan Pablo Montoya
  4. Ryan Hunter-Reay
  5. Alexander Rossi
  6. Josef Newgarden
  7. Helio Castroneves
  8. Marco Andretti
  9. Charlie Kimball
  10. Sebastien Bourdais
  11. Mikhail Aleshin
  12. James Hinchcliffe
  13. Tony Kanaan
  14. Takuma Sato
  15. Carlos Munoz
  16. Max Chilton
  17. Scott Dixon
  18. Jack Hawksworth
  19. Richard Clay Enerson
  20. Will Power
  21. Conor Daly DNF
  22. Spencer Pigot DNF

 

 

For overall Championship standings see http://www.indycar.com/Drivers

Photo: www.indycar.com

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