2022 NTT IndyCar Series Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey

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Dear fans of IndyCar, this is it. The last race of the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series is about to start in just a couple of minutes.
After 16 races, 2,173 laps, and quite a lot of caution periods, the season finale comes down to 95 laps at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, Calif.

Will Power will enter the season finale with a 20-point lead on his closest rivals, Josef Newgarden (his teammate from Penske) and Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing). Behind them are Dixon's GCR teammate, Marcus Ericsson, and the third Team Penske driver, Scott McLaughlin.

Power needs to finish only third or better to win the Astor Challenge Cup for the second time in his career but comes to a track that he finished 26th last year. As a result, the door could be open for the challengers to take the crown from Power's hands.
Live updates (ended):

21:58 UTC 

21:54 UTC  This is it guys. A season full of remarkable moments that we will surely remember.

21:48 UTC 

21:47 UTC  For the 17th time, a Team Penske driver is an IndyCar champion.

21:47 UTC  We had nine different winners in the 2022 season.

21:39 UTC 

21:36 UTC 

21:36 UTC  Congrats to Will for a fantastic season.

21:36 UTC  However, all the lights will be on WIll Power, who is now a two-time NTT IndyCar Series champion.

21:35 UTC  And we see the chequered flag. Alex Palou wins the final race of the 2022 NTT IndyCar series season.

21:23 UTC 

21:19 UTC  With almost ten laps until the end is pretty clear that Palou will win this race. As it runs now, Power will win the championship over Newgarden.

21:15 UTC 

21:14 UTC  Less than 20 laps remaining. Will Power is 16 points ahead of Newgarden for the championship.

21:08 UTC  Newgarden makes his final stop at Lap 74 and returns in second and on sticker "blacks."

21:04 UTC  If nothing bad happens (like a stupid crash or a mechanical failure), Power has all the chances to be crowned as the champion.

21:03 UTC  With the way the bonus points have played out, Power need only finish in the top five now to claim his second IndyCar title.

21:01 UTC  After starting in last place, Newgarden is now on a podium place after picking off Grosjean.

21:00 UTC 

20:56 UTC  With less than 30 laps to go Palou is still leading with Will Power right behind. As things stands, Power is champion.

20:53 UTC  Newgarden fitted the "reds" on Lap 61.

20:52 UTC  Newgarden made his third stop and he returned in P6.

20:43 UTC  McLaughlin making his third pit stop at Lap 53 and he returns in 19th. He is on the "reds".

20:38 UTC  Meanwhile Grosjean is right behind Power for the final place on the podium.

20:37 UTC  Newgarden is chasing down Palou for the lead of the race.

20:36 UTC  As I said before, Power needs to finish only third in order to win the championship so he doesn't need to push his car too much.

20:35 UTC  We are halfway through the final race of the championship. Newgarden is in second place with Power right behind.

20:31 UTC 

20:30 UTC 

20:30 UTC  There was contact by Palou as he was released from his pit stop ahead of that yellow, as Rosenqvist dove into his own pit box.

20:30 UTC  Lap 39 and caution is finally out.

20:14 UTC  Palou is pulling away at the front and leads Power by 9-plus seconds with O'Ward a little over 5-plus seconds behind Power.

20:11 UTC 

20:07 UTC  We are in Lap 27 and Power lets Palou driver around him and into first. Behind them are O'Ward, Ilott, Rossi, Rosenqvist, Grosjean, McLaughlin, Pagenaud and Ericsson.

20:04 UTC 

19:58 UTC  Meanwhile, Power is in fourth place with Newgarden right behind him.

19:57 UTC  Rosenqvist takes over the lead in Lap 20 as Palou pit, moving Power into third.

19:53 UTC 

19:53 UTC  Will Power has a strong stop. New tires and fuel for the race leader.

19:52 UTC 

19:44 UTC  Meanwhile, WIll Power up in the lead has an almost three second lead over Rossi.

19:43 UTC  The tires are going off quite fast. On lap eight some drivers are already complaining about the tires.

19:39 UTC  Newgarden is making moves. After starting from 25th he is now in 20th.

19:36 UTC  Power is slowly pulling away from Rossi, who is doing his best to keep the black-and-red Verizon car in sight.

19:36 UTC  At the end of the first lap, Power is still leading with Rossi right behind.

19:33 UTC  Illott falls from second to P4.

19:33 UTC  It's Power in first, with Alexander Rossi and Romain Grosjean in 2-3.

19:32 UTC  Will Power has a great start and leads everyone down the hill.

19:32 UTC  t is green-green-green at Laguna Seca.

19:31 UTC 

19:30 UTC  Imagine that a champion will be crown 212 miles down the road.

19:30 UTC  The command has been given: "Drivers, start your engines."

19:14 UTC 

19:12 UTC 

19:11 UTC  The top ten for today's start:

  • Will Power, Team Penske
  • Callum Ilott, Juncos Hollinger
  • Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport
  • Romain Grosjean, Andretti Autosport
  • Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing
  • Pato O'Ward, Arrow McLaren SP
  • David Malukas, Dale Coyne Racing
  • Scott McLaughlin, Team Penske
  • Felix Rosenqvist, Arrow McLaren SP
  • Marcus Ericsson, Chip Ganassi Racing

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