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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Sunday – 8:25am – Open

By Steve Wittich & Patrick Stephan Good morning from a sunny Sonoma Raceway where the temperature is currently a chilly 59F.  The forecast today calls for more sun and a comfortable high temperature of 76F.  So, if you are within a couple of hours of Sonoma Raceway and are on the fence on whether to...

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Saturday – 6:50pm – Close

By Steve Wittich   Roger Penske became the 20th member of the Sonoma Raceway Hall of Fame during a ceremony earlier on Saturday. Team Penske drivers have gone to victory lane in wine-country a total of seven times, including five times in IndyCar and two times in NASCAR.  It was also Team Penske driver Mark...

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Saturday – 1:40pm – Qualification Groups

Group 1 No. 15 – Graham Rahal No. 2 – Juan Montoya No. 3 – Helio Castroneves No. 10 – Tony Kanaan No. 22 – Simon Pagenaud No. 83 – Charlie Kimball No. 27 – Marco Andretti No. 5 – Ryan Briscoe No. 98 – Gabby Chaves No. 20 – Luca Filippi No. 19 –...

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Saturday – 12:30pm – Practice 1 notes and following Graham

The quickest time in yesterday’s practice session was a 1:17.4858 by Will Power, whose lap of 1:17.2393 came during the first round of qualifying in 2014. It became pretty clear quite quickly, that the track record will be in danger when Marco Andretti was only a half second off the track record on his first...

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Saturday – 11:45am – Practice times

I spent that practice session down on pit lane listening to and observing Graham Rahal and the No. 15 Steak ‘N’ Shake Honda, and will have a full write up on that and the rest of the practice notes in a little bit.  For now here are the practice results:   RANK — DRIVER —...

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Power Tops Practice 1 at Sonoma Raceway, Rahal Second Fastest

SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 28, 2015) – Three of the six Verizon IndyCar Series championship contenders were among the top five on the speed chart in the initial practice session for the title-deciding GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 30. Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power’s year-old track record of 1 minute, 17.2393 seconds, set […]

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Saturday – 8:35am – Open

Good morning from an overcast Sonoma Raceway where the Verizon IndyCar Series will practice and qualify for the 85 lap GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. The schedule for today is a follows: 10:45am-11:30am – Verizon IndyCar Series practice 3:05pm-4:20pm – Verizon IndyCar Series qualifying It’s currently overcast and 64F and the high today is forecast...

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Rahal Set the Second Fastest Time in Practice for the IndyCar Season Finale GoPro GP of Sonoma

   STEAK ‘N SHAKE DRIVER RAHAL SET THE SECOND FASTEST TIME IN PRACTICE FOR THE INDYCAR SEASON FINALE GOPRO GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “It was a good session. The Steak ‘n Shake car feels pretty good. I think we found some big gains that I think will help […]

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Friday – Close

The six championship contenders spoke to the media and it was Juan Pablo Montoya who appeared to enter the room the most relaxed.  He came into the room as he was just finishing a freezee.  It appeared to be grape flavored. Graham Rahal was the only driver that was wearing his firesuit, and TSO was...

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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma – Friday – 6:45pm – test session notes and times

By Steve Wittich Will Power’s top lap of 1:17.4858 was  two tenths quicker than the 1:17.7150 lap that Ryan Hunter-Reay turned during the first practice session and two tenth off of the 1:17.2393 Will Power turned in qualifying last year.  Remember that lap was done on the alternate “red” Firestone Racing slicks. Graham Rahal turned...

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