IndyCar to fin­ish at Sonoma again

San Francisco Chronicle - - SCOREBOARD -

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.


Rafael Nadal won his 14th con­sec­u­tive match to reach the Shang­hai Masters quar­ter­fi­nals, beat­ing Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-3, 6-1. Roger Fed­erer, seeded sec­ond to Nadal, de­feated Ukrainian qual­i­fier Alexandr Dol­go­polov 6-4, 6-2.

The WTA says Jo­hanna Konta (left foot in­jury) has with­drawn from the Krem­lin Cup next week, mean­ing Caro­line Gar­cia has se­cured the eighth and last berth in the WTA fi­nals.

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