INDIANAPOLIS – Is a guy with 40 career Verizon IndyCar Series victories, the current points leader, and one of the all-time greats ever considered a sleeper in a race? Well, this weekend Scott Dixon is. There’s no question that the four Team Penske drivers are going to be the favorites to win this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Road America. They dominated there last year, leading all but two of the 50 laps, and have dominated on true road courses this season.
Mix all that together and you get what should be another Penske win on Sunday. But, Scott Dixon is saying not so fast my friends.
Dixon, was fast last year in Elkhart Lake. He was fastest in all of the practice sessions and started his Chip Ganassi Racing entry on the front row in second. Unfortunately, a mechanical issue dropped him out of the race on just the sixth lap and he’d finish last in 22nd.
If not for that, he likely would have been up front at the finish, as his teammate Tony Kanaan started third and finished second.
Then, in the two true road courses this year, Dixon came home second in each. He was runner-up at Barber and runner-up again in the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Now, Dixon enters Road America searching for his first win of the season still. Despite that, he’s still inside the top five of the points standings with six top fives in nine races.
“Road America’s course is just amazing to drive, and I’m sure every single driver will say so,” Dixon said ahead of this weekend’s race. “I thought we had a car capable of winning last year. We were excited to return here and compete and contend, but had a mechanical failure just a handful of laps into the race before we really even got started. I hope we can have a strong result this time around and get maximum points.”
So, take what I said earlier about Penske’s stats for this weekend, but combined that with what I just said about Dixon’s, and you can see why he and his No. 9 Honda will be sleepers this weekend. One that can undoubtedly win.
In practice on Friday, Dixon was fifth in the first session and seventh in session No. 2. It’s virtually the Penskes vs. Dixon right now in Road America.