Inside the box score – GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma

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Numbers to note following the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma –  the championship-deciding race of the 2017 Verizon Indy Car Series season.

1.6 – Average running position for race runner-up Josef Newgarden during the 85 laps of racing at Sonoma Raceway.

3.46 –  Average running position for race winner Simon Pagenaud during the 85 laps of racing at Sonoma.

6 – Different teams represented in the top-10 positions at Sonoma.

7 – Positions gained by Carlos Munoz (22nd to 15th), most of any driver. The +7 positions gave Munoz the TAG Heuer Don’t Crack Under Pressure award for 2017.

10 – Consecutive races led by Newgarden.

11 – Indy car wins for Pagenaud, who joined Eddie Hearne, Johnnie Parsons and Adrian Fernandez in a tie for 36th on the al time wins list.

13 – Margin in championship points between Newgarden and runner–up Pagenaud in the final standings.

15 – Indy car titles for Team Penske. The team has won three of the last four series titles, with Will Power (2014), Pagenaud (2016) and Newgarden (2017).

16 – Laps in which Munoz improved his position, most of any driver.

26 – Age of Newgarden as series champion. The only Indy car champions younger than Newgarden were: Sam Hornish Jr. (22 when he won the 2001 Verizon IndyCar Series title and 23 when he won it again in 2002), Scott Dixon (23 when he won 2003 Verizon IndyCar Series title), Louis Meyer (24 when he won 1928 AAA championship), Jacques Villeneuve (24 when he won 1995 CART title) and Juan Pablo Montoya (24 when he won 1999 CART title).

100 –  Career starts for Newgarden..

200 –  Consecutive starts by Marco Andretti, the fourth-longest streak in Indy car history, but longest by any driver to start his career.

224 – Consecutive starts by Scott Dixon, the second-longest streak in Indy car history.

282 – Consecutive starts by Tony Kanaan, extending his all-time record.

344 – Indy car starts for Helio Castroneves, which is third on the all-time list. Kanaan is fourth on the list with his 343 starts.

2,331 – Laps completed by Simon Pagenaud in 2017. Pagenaud joined Kanaan (2004) as the only Indy car drivers to complete every lap of every race in a season.

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3 – Races won by the pole sitter.

7 – Drivers who made their first Indy car start – Fernando Alonso, Zachary Claman DeMelo, Esteban Gutierrez, Jack Harvey, Ed Jones and Zach Veach.

9 -- Different pole winners in the 17 races in 2017.

10 – Different race winners in the 17 races in 2017.

11.5 – Average number of lead changes per race.

13.5 – Average number of cars running on lead lap at the finish.

14 – Different drivers to finish on the podium in 2017.

17 – Drivers who competed in all 17 races.

17.8 – Average number of cars running at the finish.

18 – Different drivers with at least one top-five finish in 2012.

24 – Drivers who led at least one lap.

37 – Drivers who competed in at least one race.

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