With season’s end in sight, so too are the soon to be crowned champ, race winner, first to exit and – thanks to IRR’s amazing powers of prognostication – various other hilarity inducing outcomes.
The special prediction not only for the season finale but also for the last IndyCar race at Sonoma – at least for a while, considering this series’ schizophrenic schedule one never says never – is that the place won’t be missed. At all. Rather, the so-called racing there‘ll be about as sorely missed as a severe wine hangover.
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Our pick for pole is Will “not so super” Power, again. It’ll be his fifth of the season and fifty fifth pole of his career. He trails only Mario Andretti’s mark of 67 poles on the all-time list and could well break it in the future – especially if his competition continues their joke like qualifying efforts. Power topping Mario, A.J., or any of the other greats in IndyCar annals strikes us as being in incredibly bad taste.
First out of the finale will be one of Harding Racing’s multiple rookie entries. Our pick is Indy Lights champ Patricio O’Ward in what will be his first career start for the upstart outfit. The 19 year old Mexican impressed in the junior series, winning over half the races and poles he contested and finishing every one. With struggling Harding however, expect that run to come to a halt Sunday – quicker than a south of the border street burrito races through whomever’s dense enough to eat it.
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Biggest surprise to IndyCar fans may well be just how close the championship battle isn’t this weekend. Second place runner Alexander Rossi and his team tend to struggle at Sonoma and likely will again. The man he’s chasing – Scott Dixon – usually fares well in NoCal. And in points battles. Plus at this tight, undulating course Chevys utterly dominate. That bodes well for Dixie’s chances – but not Rossi’s. Andretti Autosport will remain utterly humorless heading into the long off season.
Race winner you’ve heard before since he’s won the last two finales in a row. Penske Frenchman Simon Pagenaud again will triumph in spectacularly pointless fashion. Winless on the season, nevertheless Pags has climbed to sixth in the standings behind Ryan Hunter-Reay and ahead of both Graham Rahal and fading fellow Frenchman Sebastien Bordais. A product of France – not to mention Jean Girard lookalike – winning yet another race in California wine country’s just too perfect not to predict.
Your 2018 season champion will be Scott “Emma’s husband” Dixon – and it won’t even be close, folks. Dixie’d need to have a dreadfully bad day for the others to have much of a shot. Come Sunday, the 38 year old ace will show up and due to that fact the pilot with the most career wins will wrap up his fifth title in 18 seasons. Hell, at this point Dixon OWNS the friggin’ wine bar.
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