Can Dixon Recapture Past Mid-Ohio Greatness On Sunday? His Championship Hopes Ride On That

LEXINGTON, OH – Scott Dixon used to be the man to beat each year the NTT IndyCar Series came to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. In a six-year span between 2007 and 2012, Dixon won four times. In fact, no one has won on the 2.258-mile road course more than Dixon (5).

His organization, Chip Ganassi Racing has won a race record 10 times. Unfortunately, since Dixon pulled his No. 9 Honda into victory lane at Mid-Ohio in 2014, they have been just pedestrian.

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Scott Dixon in his No. 9 Honda at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – INDYCAR Media Site


Since that victory, Dixon has finished fourth, 22nd ninth and fifth respectively. If he wants to stay in this championship race, he needs to recapture that magic in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 (4 p.m. ET/NBC/INDYCAR Radio Network).

Right now, Dixon enters this weekend’s race 98 points behind Josef Newgarden for the championship lead. The magic number to where Dixon feels like is within striking range is 100.

With Newgarden, Alexander Rossi and Simon Pagenaud, the current 1-2-3 in the points standings winning in each of the last three years at Mid-Ohio and and all three plus Dixon winning in each of the last nine races of the season, Dixon can’t afford to really not have a top two finish on Sunday afternoon.

I for one, think he can. He’s coming off of two straight runner-up finishes on the season and has two runner-ups in his last three tries on natural road courses in 2019. The problem is, he starts eighth while the three other drivers he’s chasing rolls off 2-3-4.

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