SONOMA, Calif – Scott Dixon is well on his way to earning his fifth career Verizon IndyCar Series championship. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver was strong in the two Friday practice sessions, chiming in second in each of them.
Dixon, circled the Sonoma Raceway with a top lap of 1:17.8268-seconds in his No. 9 Honda in the first session and 1:17.8992-seconds in the final practice of the day later on in the afternoon.
Both had him only behind Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:17.5742-seconds) in the opening practice and Josef Newgarden (1:17.8156-seconds) in the second one.
Dixon, enters the race with 14 top six finishes in 16 races this season and a legitimate contender to win Sunday’s Sonoma Grand Prix (6:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). He’s 29 points clear of Alexander Rossi in the standings and looking to just keep Rossi in his sights.
So far, it appears that all Rossi may be seeing is Dixon’s blue and orange car in his visor and not his mirrors.
Rossi, was only eighth fastest in the opening session and sixth in the other. The Andretti cars had all four cars in the top 10 in the first session but only three in the top 11 in the second one hour practice.
Meanwhile, Dixon’s Ganassi teammate Ed Jones was up front in being sixth and seventh respectively himself. He can certainly help Dixon on Sunday.
So can the Penske trio. All three are viable options to finish in the top five in Sunday’s race too and could keep Rossi behind Dixon.