Season Finale Participants: Race Winner, Colton Herta 2019 Champion, Josef Newgarden Championship Owner, Roger Penske Manufacturer Champion, Ted Klaus of HPD Rookie of the Year, Felix Rosenqvist Championship runner-up, Simon Pagenaud Third-place championship, Alexander Rossi
Herta holds off Power to win IndyCar season finale
Newgarden strokes it home to win title Rookie Colton Herta proved why he's poised to be an IndyCar superstar of the future by leading almost the entire Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca despite heavy pressure from veterans the entire way. Herta beat Will Power by 0.58-second while Josef Newgarden stroked it home to win the IndyCar title in 8th. Felix Rosenqvist came from 14th at the start to finish 5th and win the Rookie of the Year title. Scott Dixon was third, and Alexander Rossi 6th.
Top-6 Qualifiers Drivers: 1st - Colton Herta, Harding Steinbrenner Racing 2nd - Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing 3rd - Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport 4th - Josef Newgarden, Team Penske 6th - Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske
Dixon, Rossi just miss pole Rookie sensation Colton Herta showed why Andretti Autosport was so keen to sign him for 2020 by taking his 3rd pole position for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. His time in Q3 of 1m10.142s beat Scott Dixon's Ganassi Honda by 0.043s and Alexander Rossi's Andretti Honda by just 0.070s to give Honda a 1-2-3 sweep of the starting positions. Points leader Josef Newgarden made a mistake on his fast lap and had to settle for 4th ahead of James Hinchcliffe and Simon Pagenaud.
IndyCar season finale Sunday The NTT IndyCar Series returns to historic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. to culminate the 17-race season and crown a new champion at this weekend's Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. Josef Newgarden, Alexander Rossi, Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon are the remaining title contenders as the NTT IndyCar Series makes its debut at the demanding 2.258-mile permanent road course. It also marks Indy car racing's first appearance at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca since the Champ Car World Series race in 2004.
IndyCar title on the line The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey will be the 23rd Indy car race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, but the first since Patrick Carpentier won the Champ Car World Series race in 2004. Teo Fabi won the first Indy car race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 1983. There are no former winners entered in this year's race. Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden leads the points tally rather comfortable and is almost a shoe-in the win the championship, barring his car doesn't break or he crashes. Alexander Rossi and Simon Pagenaud are longshots and Scott Dixon will need a miracle to win.
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