The two heavyweight contenders that are still in the running are a living icon and a rising star in their early 20s. This coming weekend at Sonoma Raceway, Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi will compete head-to-head in IndyCar's final round, which is a double-points finale, to determine who will win the championship for the 2018 season.


On Sunday at 6:30 p.m., coverage of the championship race will get underway on NBCSN as well as on IndyCar Radio. As the thrilling conclusion of the 2018 IndyCar season quickly approaches, here are five things that come to mind when I think about the biggest storylines.


On Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, Alexander Rossi walks to his car before an IndyCar Series auto race.


Convincing myself that Dixon, not Rossi, not Dixon, not Dixon, not... will take the checkered flag as the winner of the IndyCar championship


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I have a feeling that this conclusion is going to really pack a punch. The IndyCar championship will not be decided until the very last race of the season for the thirteenth year in a row. And what a confrontation it is going to be.



You have the breakout star of 2018 and possibly the hottest driver in the series over the course of the past six weeks in one of the contenders. Rossi has been nearly unbeatable ever since the haulers left Toronto. He won consecutive races at Mid-Ohio and Pocono, and then finished in second place at Gateway. Because of some untimely yellow flags, he was forced into the mode of salvaging the race, and as a result, he had to settle for eighth place. He was on his way to another podium in Portland. But Rossi is still only 29 points behind Dixon after that disappointing day in the Pacific Northwest, where the race took place. Rossi would not need much help to win his first IndyCar championship if the Andretti Autosport No. 27 car were to cross the finish line first on Sunday. Despite the fact that this means he does not have complete control over his own destiny, Rossi would be well on his way to winning his first IndyCar title.