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Scott Dixon Fighting For 6th IndyCar Championship As The Series Heads To Pocono

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LONG POND, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon’s win in the last NTT IndyCar Series race at Mid-Ohio is helping Dixon stay in the hunt for his sixth Championship.

“Those are the kinds of weekends that you need,” said Dixon reflecting on Mid-Ohio.  “You’ve got to take it.”

Dixon trails points-leader Josef Newgarden of Team Penske by 62-points heading into this weekend’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.

“I think he’s going to be the person to beat,” said Dixon.  “That team is super strong right now and we’re going to have our work cut out.”

Two other drivers stand between Dixon and Newgarden.  Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi is in second place, 16-points behind Newgarden and Penske’s Simon Pagenaud is in third place, 42-points out of the lead.

The lead for any of the top four driver’s trailing Newgarden is not insurmountable because double-points are available at the season finale at WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca.

Dixon is laser-focused on one thing, wins.

“Anything is possible,” said Dixon.  “We’ve just got to keep our head down; we can’t start thinking about that (points racing) right now.  If you win races that will take care of itself.”

IndyCar series teams should take notice that if Dixon gets on a roll, and the No.9 PNC Bank CGR team is certainly capable, the “Iceman” should not be counted out.

Dixon trailed Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya by 47-points going into the season finale in 2015.  Dixon and his “Wolfpack” crew went out, won the race and finished tied with Montoya atop the standings, winning the Championship by tie-breaker, 3-wins to 2.

The Ganassi team has been involved in eight of the closest IndyCar Series Championship finishes since 1999.

In 1999 Montoya, who was driving for CGR tied Dario Franchitti, who was driving for Team Green, with Montoya taking the title based on the tie-breaker of most wins with seven in his rookie campaign.

The 2006 Championship came down to a tie-breaker as well.  Dan Wheldon tied Sam Hornish Jr., who was driving for Penske, but lost the championship based Hornish’s four wins to Wheldon’s two.

Dixon rallied from 39-points behind in 2013 to beat Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves.  One of the wins on Dixon’s 2013 run to the Championship, came at Pocono.

In 2011 Franchitti, driving for CGR, edged his teammate Dixon by 11-points to win Franchitti’s fourth Championship.

Franchitti grabbed his third championship in 2010 by rallying from 59-points to beat Penske’s Will Power.

Franchitti’s first Championship in 2007 came with Andretti Green Racing.  Dixon was the runner-up finishing 13-points behind Franchitti.

Dixon picked up his first Championship in 2003 where he beat Penske’s Gil deFerran by 18-points. Dixon and de Ferran both won three races, but Dixon had 4-second place finishes versus one for de Ferran.

The ABC Supply 500 takes place Sunday August 18, 2019 with a one hour practice session Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Qualifying takes place on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.  Final practice is on Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There will be an autograph session on Sunday in the Firestone Fan Village from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. with the green flag waving at 2:45 p.m.  Tickets and information is available at www.poconoraceway.com.

The race will be televised by NBCSN and can be heard on the Advance Auto Parts IndyCar Radio Network.

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