Championship Facts With 4 Races Remaining In 2018 INDYCAR Season

After the last two weeks off, the Verizon IndyCar Series returns to action this weekend for the ABC Supply 500 (1:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) at the Pocono Raceway. This race starts the final stint of the 2018 season as we will have four races over the next five weeks. Currently, Scott Dixon leads the standings over Alexander Rossi by 46 points. That’s the fifth-largest margin with four races to go since the 2008 season. Since that timeframe, only Dario Franchitti (2010) and Dixon (2015) overcame leads of more than 50…

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Ganassi In No Hurry To Expand His INDYCAR Operation

INDIANAPOLIS – One tidbit of information that Chip Ganassi shared with us on a conference call on Monday was that he’s in no hurry to expand his Verizon IndyCar Series team past two cars in the near future. Chip Ganassi Racing expanded from a two-car operation to a four car team in 2011 and remained that way for 2012 too. Then, in 2013, they ran three full-time cars while expanding back to a four car team for the next four seasons. But, last offseason, they scaled back to a two car…

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Ganassi Says Dixon Driving Better Now Than Ever Before, Details How The Whole Contract Negotiations Went Down

INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday, Chip Ganassi Racing announced that they have come to an agreement with driver Scott Dixon on a new contract extension which will keep the Kiwi in the No. 9 Honda for the foreseeable future. While the length of the contract wasn’t immediately made available, the wording states “multiyear.” Some are reporting that this is a one-year deal with clauses that could make it a longer contract, but team owner Chip Ganassi put those rumors to bed on a conference call later this afternoon. Ganassi, said that not…

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Dixon Signs Multi-Year Extension To Remain With Chip Ganassi Racing

INDIANAPOLIS – Chip Ganassi Racing announced on Monday that four-time Veirzon IndyCar Series Champion, 44-time Winner and Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon has signed a multi-year deal with the team that will see the 38-year-old Kiwi begin a CGR record 18th season in 2019 behind the wheel of the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda. Dixon, was due to be a free agent at the end of the season and was receiving offers from McLaren, Penske, Andretti and a whole host of other teams but decided to remain with the team that…

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NASCAR Has Big 3, INDYCAR Has Big 4

INDIANAPOLIS – Starting with Josef Newgarden’s win in the 2017 Honda Indy Toronto and ending with Alexander Rossi’s triumph in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the 19 race time frame has given us a large enough sample size to show that the best drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series today are a group of four. Yes, INDYCAR has a “Big 4.” NASCAR has a “Big 3.”

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Dixon Keeps 46 Point Lead In INDYCAR Standings Leaving Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, OH – Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was a day of damage control for current Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Scott Dixon. See, “Mr. Mid-Ohio” started the race in the ninth starting spot after getting a taste of some bad luck in qualifying on Saturday. With all of his main contenders for this year’s championship rolling off inside of the top five for the 90 Lap race around the 2.258-mile road course, it was a race to where Dixon needed to minimize the damage. He’d…

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Dixon Fails To Make Final Round Of Honda Indy 200 Qualifying, Title Contenders Capitalize

LEXINGTON, OH – Over the last decade, every Verizon IndyCar Series driver that had led the points standings by 50+ points with five races to go has hoisted the Astor Cup championship trophy every time. Scott Dixon did it in 2008. So did Dario Franchitti in 2011. Simon Pagenaud also did that in 2016 too. Dixon, currently leads Josef Newgarden by 62 points heading into Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 (3 p.m. ET/CNBC/INDYCAR Radio Network) at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. 

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Despite 9th Starting Spot, Dixon Hoping Past Trends Stay True

LEXINGTON, OH – No one has been as hot as Scott Dixon lately. The current Chip Ganassi Racing driver has scored three victories already during the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, all of which coming since June. In fact, Dixon has had seven top six finishes in his last nine starts on the season. He went from seventh in the points standings leaving April’s race at the Barber Motorsports Park to the top of the standings over the last four races. That has propelled him to a 62 point advantage over…

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Dixon, Power To Make Landmark Starts Sunday In Mid-Ohio

After a week off, the Verizon IndyCar Series is back in action for this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 (3 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network). When the green flag drops for Sunday’s race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, it will be landmark starts for two of their drivers. For both Scott Dixon and Will Power, they’ll be making historic starts. Dixon, will be making his 300th career INDYCAR start with Power his 200th. To put that into perspective, only Mario Andretti (407), AJ Foyt (369), Tony Kanaan (355), Helio Castroneves (344),…

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Bad Luck/Pressing For Power, Street Course/Superspeedways Have Cost Newgarden 2018 Championship Right Now

INDIANAPOLIS – Lets be honest here, if not for some bad luck or pressing too hard, Will Power would likely be at or very near the top of the Verizon IndyCar Series standings right now. Leaving the Month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Power was coming off of two wins and a pole in dominating fashion. He was sitting on top of the points standings and looking like the clear favorite for this year’s championship. But, he’s had a ton of bad luck since. At Belle Isle, Chevrolet had…

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