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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

F1: Lewis Hamilton roars back from starting 14th to win German GP, regain points lead

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Heading into Sunday’s German Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton wasn’t given much of a chance after qualifying so poorly (14th) one day earlier.

But in one of the most significant rallies of the 2018 Formula One season, Hamilton roared back to not only win at Hockenheim, but also regain the lead in the F1 drivers championship standings at the halfway point of the season.

Ditto for Mercedes in the Constructors Championship.

“It was so tough out there,” Hamilton told Sky Sports/ESPN. “Conditions were perfect for business time. When it rained, I knew I’d have a good position, but you never know what’s going to happen behind the safety car.”

Despite rainy conditions for part of the race, not to mention wet overall conditions that caused a number of drivers to spin, Hamilton won the 66th race of his F1 career (44th with Mercedes AMG Petronas) in a time of 1:32.29.845 and took home 25 points for his fourth win of 2018.

It’s the furthest back a driver has come from back in the pack to win since Fernando Alonso started 15th and won the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008.

The win comes just a couple days after Hamilton re-signed with Mercedes AMG through the 2020 season, leading him to pay an immediate return on investment, so to speak.

“It’s obviously very, very difficult (to win) from that position and highly unlikely, but you’ve always got to believe,” Hamilton said. “I said a long, long prayer before the race started.

“When we did the parade lap, I could see how much support we had and I just wanted to stay collected and stay calm. The team did such a great job today, the car was fantastic, I’m so grateful.

“I would never have thought you could do something like that today, but I kept pushing and kept believing and it happened, so I really manifested my dreams today. Thanks to God.”

It was also the 125th F1 podium finish of Hamilton’s career.

To make the win even sweeter, Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, finished second, the first time in German GP history that homeland team Mercedes has finished 1-2.

It’s Bottas’ fifth podium of the season, all being runner-up finishes.

Kimi Raikkonen finished third, 6.5 seconds behind Hamilton, followed my Max Verstappen and Nico Hulkenberg. For Raikkonen, it was his 28th podium since his last win.

Sixth through 10th were Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, Marcus Ericsson and Brendon Hartley.

Kevin Magnussen finished 11th, followed by Carlos Sainz, Stoffel Vandoorne, Pierre Gasly, Charles Leclerc and Fernando Alonso was the last running car, finishing 16th.

Failing to finish (17th through 20th) were Lance Stroll, pole sitter Sebastian Vettel (who made a mistake and crashed), Sergey Sirotkin and Daniel Ricciardo.

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