Simon Pagenaud ended the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season on a high note, finishing fourth in the season finale event at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Pagenaud was fast all weekend long, but just missed out making it to the Firestone Fast Six during qualifying on Saturday and started Sunday's event from the eighth position. Race strategist Kyle Moyer elected to bring in the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet in early and opt for a three-stop strategy to keep his track position. This allowed Pagenaud to gain several positions on the track while pit stops cycled out.
Pagenaud settled into the third position for much of the afternoon, but fought a lot of tire degradation, similar to what the rest of the field was experiencing. Following the last round of stops, Pagenaud and the No. 22 DXC Technology team slipped to fourth as teammate Will Power jumped him on the track. Pagenaud would hold strong and finish fourth, his fourth top-five finish of the season. Pagenaud ended the season sixth in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings.
“Yeah it was a good day. Definitely competitive. We definitely unlocked a lot of secrets. I think we cracked the code this weekend on the car and what I needed so we were much more competitive than we've been on the road course and it felt good. It felt fun. We had great battles on track. We played the tire strategy and fuel strategy really well. The team, Kyle Moyer and Ben Bretzman, did a fantastic job with that and my pit crew were phenomenal again, as they've been all year long. We couldn't have done much better because we were saving fuel midway through to the end of the race. I'm satisfied with it. It was a good race.”