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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

Michael Carter wins Mazda Road to 24 Shootout

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Michael Carter was selected as the winner of the 2018 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout.

Carter was one of four drivers who competed for the honor and a $100,000 scholarship that went along with it. Matthew Dirks, Hannah Grisham and Loni Unser also competed.

With the scholarship, Carter will compete in the 2019 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup.

“What a journey this has been,” said Carter in a press release. “The reason I started racing a Mazda was because of the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. It was our one single goal all along and to finally accomplish that is surreal. The process begins next week of getting ready for next season, for the series test at Barber, and to put together a good season in the Global MX-5 Cup.”

Carter was invited to the Shootout largely because of his 2018 performance in SCCA. He finished second in the SCCA Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship, won the Spec Miata Challenge and won in Spec Miata at the American Road Race of Champions.

The 18-year-old Carter had his eye on the Road to Mazda early.

“Each year, it is exciting to see the next batch of talent that is in the pipeline,” said John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports. “I heard something from Michael and his father that really hit a chord with me which was that they built a Spec Miata with the sole purpose of going up the Mazda Road to 24 ladder.

That really speaks to the challenger spirit at Mazda, to why we have the Shootout, and to the family that we have at Mazda. Michael is the driver today who walks away with the scholarship, but we had four families come together here who have all gone racing together. For all of us at Mazda, it’s very rewarding to give these families a chance to go racing together. We look forward to watching Michael take the next step in his career in next season’s Global MX-5 Cup.”