Five contenders from two powerhouses will compete for the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series championship at the September 11 season finale at WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway.
Team Penske is represented by front runners Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin. Chip Ganassi Racing has Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson.
Dixon (2003, ’08, ’13, ’15, ’18, ’20), Newgarden (’17, ’19) and Power (’14) are former champions; Ericsson and McLaughlin are aiming for their first titles.
Either a Penske or Ganassi driver has won the NTT IndyCar Series championship in 13 of the last 14 seasons.
In the closest championship fight In nearly 20 years, Power has a 20-point lead over Newgarden and Dixon, 39 points over Ericsson, and 41 points over McLaughlin.
After McLaughlin’s win at the Portland Grand Prixhere’s what each of the remaining title contenders had to say about the season finale (check out their post-race interviews in the video above):
“I just want to win this championship for the guys that have been with me for more than a decade like my engineer Dave (Faustino) and my data acquisition guy Robbie (Atkinson) and the group. It’s a lot less selfish for me this time because they deserve it. I feel their pain over the years of losing so many. I would love to win it for her. … We’re in the best position and we have the best shot. We will do everything we can.”
“At this point, it’s just the way it is. We will try to win this race and go all out. It’s been a strange year. Everyone did such an amazing job on this 2 car. I’m so proud and happy with everyone. You really put a lot of effort into it. Either it won the race or some strange luck happened. We just seem to be on the weird end of these things and they don’t work. I don’t know how Laguna will develop. We will go and play to win. Lets see what happens.”
“Laguna is probably the slipperiest track we ride. Everything is possible. We won the tiebreak. We’re in and we won’t give up as a team until it’s over. It’s getting interesting. Between three and four cars it’s pretty tight. Ultimately, when we’re at it, we’re going to try everything we can do.”
“The championship is pretty far away now. I’m going (to Laguna Seca) to win the race. We had a good test there, the car has been good in the past and I want to win and we’ll see how far that takes us. That’s the mindset for the last one.”
“I’m a big golfer and the (IndyCar Championship Media Day) is actually happening in Pebble Beach, so I’m really looking forward to it. I wanted to be in the championship fight so I could go to Pebble. It works and we’re going. I’m so excited. I think Greg (Penske) told me I could play Pebble, so that’s fine as long as I can bring some friends.”
What the IndyCar Championship contenders are saying ahead of the Laguna Seca finale originally appeared on NBCSports.com