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IndyCar: Post-race celebration, interviews from Sonoma (VIDEO)

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SONOMA, Calif. – The IndyCar on NBCSN team was hard at work both in today’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and throughout the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Here are all the post-race videos from NBCSN as the checkered flag flew from Sonoma.

Included are various championship celebration moments for Josef Newgarden and Team Penske, along with race winner Simon Pagenaud and several others.

CHAMPIONSHIP CELEBRATION

Josef Newgarden celebrates after winning the 2017 IndyCar title and calls is a “dream come true,” but also says he was fighting his natural instincts to try and win the race.

Josef Newgarden stands on stage to receive the Astor Cup and his championship win as the 2017 IndyCar title winner.

Josef Newgarden gets honest on stage during the Astor Cup presentation and reveals he hasn’t slept because of the nerves and is looking forward to a winter off.

Roger Penske reveals when he knew of Josef Newgarden’s superstar potential and how his addition to Team Penske really “galvanized” the other drivers.

Tim Cindric on Josef Newgarden’s arrival to the team and championship year.

Josef Newgarden’s engineer Brian Campe celebrates his first championship, too.

Josef Newgarden’s family celebrates his IndyCar championship with happy tears.

OTHER DRIVERS

Simon Pagenaud

Scott Dixon

Will Power and Helio Castroneves

Sebastien Bourdais

OTHER NOTES

Final lap

Red Bull Air Race: Yoshi Muroya joins Sato as Japanese champs at Indy

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Takuma Sato isn’t the only major Japanese athlete to take home top honors at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this year. Countryman Yoshihide Muroya joined him in that on Sunday after winning Red Bull Air Race at IMS, and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in the process.

Fittingly, the 101st Indianapolis 500 champion was there on site to join him in the celebration.

Muroya flew with a track-record run in the final and erased the four-point deficit to points leader Martin Sonka. The record run came after a disappointing qualifying effort of 11th in the 14-pilot field in the Master Class.

A day after the win, Muroya joined Sato in heading to Sato’s new Verizon IndyCar Series team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s, Indianapolis-based shop.

A few social posts from Muroya’s victory and the subsequent celebration are below.

CHECKING OUT EACH OTHER’S RIDES

ASTLES BREAKS THOUGH AS WELL

Muroya wasn’t alone among big winners at the Speedway. In the Challenger Class, Melanie Astles of France became the first woman to win a major race at IMS, and is the first female winner in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Nine women have competed in the Indianapolis 500 (Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Milka Duno, Simona de Silvestro, Pippa Mann, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge) and Mann is the first woman to have been on the pole position at IMS, having done so for the Freedom 100 in 2010 in Indy Lights.

Photo: Joerg Mitter/Red Bull Content Pool