The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship battle came down to the final race at Sonoma Raceway, where Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon claimed his fifth series title.
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay dominated the race, winning from pole position. For Dixon, a second-place result was good enough to earn the driver of the #9 PNC Bank Honda the 2018 title.
The race got off to an eventful start for DIxon’s championship rival Alexander Rossi, when the driver of the #27 made contact with Marco Andretti on the first lap.
Rossi, who sat second in the championship standings heading into the final race at Sonoma, spent the majority of the race trying to catch up to Dixon.
Despite making up significant ground following the early incident, Rossi would have to settle for seventh in the race, securing a second-place finish in the standings.
Dixon’s fifth championship win moves him into second-place on the all-time list trailing only AJ Foyt, who won a record seven titles in his illustrious career.
Rounding out the top-three in the championship standings, as well as the race itself, was Team Penske’s Will Power, who finished 96 points behind Dixon.
Sunday’s race also marked the final Verizon IndyCar Series event at Sonoma, as next year the series moves its finale to Laguna Seca.
The IndyCar Series now heads into what will likely be a rather eventful off-season, with a number of new teams and drivers expected to be making announcements in the coming weeks and months.