LEXINGTON, OH – Scott Dixon knew it. He knew coming into Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 that he needed to change his driving style. The usual cool, calm and collective driver had to be aggressive. He was 98 points out in the championship and needed to make up a lot of ground. The only way to do that on drivers that are so talented like Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi was to win.
Luckily for him, he didn’t have to be as aggressive on Sunday where his team picked up that slack. Mike Hull called a brilliant race for Dixon as he was on a two stop strategy. Just he, Will Power and Alexander Rossi were on that strategy.
Power and Rossi were on the wrong tire combination on the first stint. They went with Firestone Alternates. Dixon, was on Firestone Blacks. That was the final determination of the race.
Scott Dixon leads Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – INDYCAR Media Site
Dixon, won his 46th career NTT IndyCar Series race and earned his 91st career top two. He has 45 runner-up’s as well to go along with 113 podiums now.
Counter in Josef Newgarden spinning on the final lap and you get Dixon making up a ton of ground in the championship race. Not only did he win, he made up 38 points as well.
Dixon, heads to the final four races of the season trailing Newgarden by 62 points. He’s only 15 points behind Simon Pagenaud for third and 46 points behind Rossi for second.
But, just look at how Dixon has fared the last three weeks. He has a top two finish in each race. He’s finished ahead of Newgarden and Pagenaud in two of the three races and Rossi in all three races.
Sunday was his third top two finish in five natural road course starts as no one has scored as many points on these tracks than Dixon. Two of the final four races are on these types of tracks. Also, we have a short oval on tap too (Gateway). Dixon, finished runner-up on a short oval last weekend.
Sunday’s finish was the closest margin of victory ever at Mid-Ohio and the third closest in series history on natural road courses. The championship race may come down to a historic margin too and Dixon looks to now be a part of that.
In Pocono, the site of next weekend’s race, he finished third last year. He has never finished outside the top 10 at the Tricky Triangle. In Gateway, he finished second in 2017 and third last year. In Portland, he finished fifth last year.
Dixon, is going to put pressure on the three drivers in front of him. They don’t call him the Ice Man for nothing.