IndyCar Series 2017
•Scott Dixon finishes fourth at GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, third in drivers’ championship
•Graham Rahal, Marco Andretti complete 2017 season with exciting battle for sixth
•Ed Jones named 2017 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year
SONOMA Calif., September 17, 2017 - – A valiant effort from Scott Dixon and his Chip Ganassi Racing team came up short Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, as the Honda driver finished fourth in the season-ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, and third in the final drivers’ championship standings.
Throughout the Verizon IndyCar Series season, Dixon demonstrated remarkable consistency, finishing sixth or better at 12 of the 17 rounds, including the 41st victory of his career at Road America in June. Only crashes – not of his making – at the Indianapolis 500 and at Texas Motor Speedway prevented the veteran from making an even stronger run toward his fifth series title.
In all, Honda teams and drivers posted seven victories in 2017, including the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, won by Takuma Sato. Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Memorial Day weekend classic, and the fourth Honda driver to win Indianapolis in the last six years of multi-manufacturer competition.
Although he failed to finish today’s race due to a suspension issue, Ed Jones completed a strong inaugural season of Indy car competition, including an outstanding third-place finish at the Indianapolis 500, for the Honda-powered Dale Coyne Racing driver securing Rookie of the Year honors.
Just behind the leaders, Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti put on an entertaining battle for sixth position, resolved only in the final laps in Rahal’s favor. Ryan Hunter-Reay recovered from a delay during the opening lap shuffling of positions to finish eighth, with Sebastien Bourdais capping his recovery from hip fractures sustained in qualifying at the Indianapolis 500 to finish ninth for Dale Coyne Racing.
Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda IndyCar Series action at Sonoma Raceway, as well as Acura Motorsports activities in the companion Pirelli World Challenge events, are available on the "Honda Racing/HPD" YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.
This weekend’s race concludes the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. The 2018 season gets underway on March 11 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Florida.
|1||Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske)|
|2||Josef Newgarden (Team Penske)|
|3||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|4||Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|5||Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)|
|6||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)|
|7||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|8||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|9||Sebastien Bourdais (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|10||Conor Daly (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|11||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|12||Max Chilton (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|16||Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|17||Zachary Claman DeMelo(Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|18||Jack Harvey (Michael Shank-Andretti)|
|19||Ed Jones (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|20||Takuma Sato (Andretti Autosport)|
|21||Alexander Rossi (Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian)|
|22||James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)|