IndyCar to finish at Sonoma again
The Grand Prix of Sonoma will again have a chance to decide the IndyCar Series champion as the circuit’s final stop, but the run-up to Sonoma will have a new twist: Portland.
IndyCar released its 2018 schedule, with St. Petersburg, Fla., hosting the opener of the 17-race season on March 11 and Sonoma Raceway hosting the finale on Sept. 16. The Indianapolis 500 is May 27.
Portland International Raceway’s 1.967-mile permanent road course will be the site of the penultimate race on Sept. 2. It will be IndyCar’s first trip to the Oregon track since races were held from 1984-2007 under CART and Champ Car sanction.
Portland replaces Watkins Glen, N.Y., on the schedule.
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