The Verizon IndyCar Series sent off the 2015 season on Monday night with its annual Championship Celebration, held this year at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco, CA. If you weren’t able to join them, you can check out photos from the evening by using the slideshow included with this article.
IndyCar’s drivers, teams and their families gathered to celebrate the year’s finest and look back on the season that was, in an event hosted once again by the voice of the league’s NBCSN broadcasts, Leigh Diffey.
The evening began with J.R. Hildebrand paying tribute to his former teamate Justin Wilson, and presenting Wilson’s brother Stefan with the Fan Favorite Driver Award, which was posthumously awarded to Wilson after his death last week.
Newly minted champion Scott Dixon was the man of the hour. Not only did the league announce he earned a one million dollar bonus for the title, but he received the Jostens Championship Driver Award ring as well as the Sunoco Diamond Performance Award, which is given to the driver with the most race victories in the season. As is customary for IndyCar, Dixon’s crew members were also recognized with awards for being part of the winning race team.
The list of Verizon IndyCar Series award winners is below:
Championship driver (Astor Challenge Cup): Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Jostens Championship Driver Award (ring): Scott Dixon
Championship team (Astor Challenge Cup): Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Championship team sponsor: Target
Championship team manager: Scott Harner and Barry Wanser, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Chief Mechanic of the Year Award: Blair Julian, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
Sunoco Diamond Performance Award: Scott Dixon
Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award: Gabby Chaves, BHA with Curb-Agajanian
TAG Heuer “Don’t Crack Under Pressure” Award: Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan
“Drive to the Finish” Award: Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport
Verizon P1 Award: Will Power, Team Penske
Second place championship driver: Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske
Second place championship team: Team Penske
Third place championship driver: Power
Third place championship team: Team Penske
Manufacturers Championship: Chevrolet
Dan and Susie Wheldon “Make a Difference” Award: Denise Titus, INDYCAR Medical
Verizon IndyCar Series Fan Favorite Driver: Justin Wilson, Andretti Autosport
The Championship Celebration will be broadcast this Friday, September 4 at 8:30 PM ET/PT on NBCSN.
For more in the Verizon IndyCar Series, visit the league’s website.