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Patrick’s Sonoma Travel, A little Racing stuff, and a LOT of THANK YOU’s!

By Patrick Stephan The TSO staff is working to get caught up, and since Steve just sent some notes from Sonoma, here come so more from me. Yes, Ganassi Racing (as sent yesterday) went down to two cars – which was pretty much expected. Earlier in the week, worst secret in racing became official as…

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Steve’s travel notes and MRTI drivers at the IndyCar finale

  There were a number of current Mazda Road To Indy presented by Cooper Tire (MRTI) drivers making the rounds at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, including 2017 Indy Lights champion Kyle Kaiser. Kaiser was on site for a plethora of media duties – interviews with NBCSN, NBC Sports Motorsports Talk, IndyCar Radio, Motorsport.com,…

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More Sonoma Post Race Notes (but not nearly all of them – we’re slackers!)

By Patrick Stephan Race fans, here comes a piece of our Sonoma final report. I’m now abandoning any hope of sending all of the notes and thoughts in one big package. It’s mostly the thoughts part getting in the way. Ok, it’s really my real job getting in the way of compiling a stack of…

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Bourdais Finishes Ninth at Sonoma

Bourdais Finishes Ninth at Sonoma Sonoma, CA (September 17, 2017) – It wasn’t the way the Dale Coyne Racing team wanted to end the season on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, but the team still came home with a top 10 finish with Sebastien Bourdais placing ninth. Rookie Ed Jones suffered the team’s first mechanical DNF…

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First Pass at Sonoma Post Race Thoughts, Notes, Quotes!

By Patrick Stephan and Steve Wittich Note, since this race ends “late” on the West Coast, its really late on the East Coast. That creates some stress in the media center as reporters working off East Coast deadlines are now pounding away on their keyboards, but it also starts a whirlwind run for 2017 Verizon…

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Rough Race Report – SPOILER!!

By Patrick Stephan The ambient temperature was 76 with the track at 101 when the green flag waved, and Josef Newgarden got off to a nice clean start, taking the lead in to Turn 1. Behind him there was a lot of battling. We saw Helio and Will Power side by side through Turn 3,…

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More Last Minute Notes – Sonoma Finale! Cars are Rolling!

By Patrick Stephan I’ve been here all day, but just now finally getting in front of a PC. And I’ve got a ton of travel notes and observations, as does Steve, but I’ve decided that in the interest of giving the title fight it’s due, I’m going to hold those until after the race, we…

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sunday – Pre-race note re: last minute crew swap at Team Penske

By Steve Wittich TSO was able to confirm with Team Penske’s Jon Bouslog that a number of over the wall crew members for the No. 2 and No. 12 would be swapping spots for the championship deciding race. The car chief and outside front tire changer (Matt Jonsson), outside rear tire changer (Shaun Rinaman), and…

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sunday – Starting line-up with Firestone tire designations – 1:05pm

By Steve Wittich Well… this could make things very, very interesting. Josef Newgarden Will Power Simon Pagenaud Helio Castroneves Takuma Sato Scott Dixon Ryan Hunter-Reay Alexander Rossi Graham Rahal Sebastien Bourdais  Marco Andretti Tony Kanaan Conor Daly Max Chilton Charlie Kimball James Hinchcliffe Spencer Pigot Ed Jones Jack Harvey J.R. Hildebrand Zachary Claman DeMelo Carlos…

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sunday – Morning Warm-Up – 12:15pm

Morning warm-up was led by Graham Rahal with a lap at 76.9608 seconds, and was followed by Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot, who was a significant seven-tenths of a second back. Championship contenders ended up with the 3rd (Dixon), 4th (Helio Castroneves), 5th (Josef Newgarden), 16th (Simon Pagenaud), and 19th (Will Power). The final Verizon…

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