Dixon Eyeing Sixth Mid-Ohio Win

No. 9 PNC/Ganassi Team Hopes To Pad Championship Lead

Scott Stiller
July 28, 2018 - 11:10 am
Scott Dixon's No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

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Lexington, OH (Newsradio 1020) The Verizon IndyCar Series is as close as it gets to Pittsburgh with this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio, a mere 189-miles from Pittsburgh.

PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon is making his 300th career start on Sunday.  Dixon comes into the weekend on a high note after winning 2-weeks ago on the streets of Toronto, his 44th career win, third best in IndyCar History.

Dixon is the winningest IndyCar driver at Mid-Ohio with five victories (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014).

“Mid-Ohio is just one of those tracks where we have a feeling that if we get things right with the PNC Bank car, we always have a decent shot at winning,” said Dixon.

Chip Ganassi Racing has won at Mid-Ohio 10-times.  In addition to Dixon, Alex Zanardi, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti and Charlie Kimball have visited victory lane.

“The track has been very special to not only myself, but to the team over the years,” said Dixon.  “It’s one of those rhythm tracks where if you get in a good groove, then things just off if everything is working right”.

Everything looks to be working right for Dixon and his "Wolfpack" crew, who sit atop the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Standings with a 62-point advantage over Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden.

“We’re happy to have the points lead, but it’s a long way to go,” said Dixon.  “There are five more races, and as you know, anything can happen”.

Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay was the fastest after two practice sessions on Friday.  Team Penske’s Will Power was second followed by Rahal, Letterman, Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal, an Ohio native.

There is a final practice session on Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by knockout qualifying Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., with the race on Sunday at 3 p.m. live on CNBC with a same-day encore telecast at 6:30 p.m. on NBCSN.

Also on the weekend track calendar is the entire Mazda Road to Indy ladder system, which includes the Indy Lights Series Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Series Powered by Mazda.

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