Monday, July 15, 2013

A double for Dixon

It's been a hugely successful weekend for Kiwi driver Scott Dixon. He has this morning won the second Indycar race on the streets of Toronto, completing a weekend double-header. reports:

Scott Dixon was dominant in Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto -- from the first standing start in IZOD IndyCar Series history to the completion of 85 laps for a Perfect Finish. Dixon, who won Race 1 of the Honda Indy Toronto by 1.7 seconds over Sebastien Bourdais following a Lap 84 restart, faced a similar situation in Race 2 and won under caution to sweep the weekend doubleheader and earn the $100,000 SONAX Perfect Finish Award.
"It's been a long time since I've had such a dominant day," said Dixon, who led 81 laps. "I'm just happy for the team." 
It was the third consecutive victory for the two-time series champion, who will celebrate his 33rd birthday July 22. His last three-in-a-row stretch was in 2007 (Watkins Glen, Nashville, Mid-Ohio), and the last in the series was accomplished by Ryan Hunter-Reay (Milwaukee, Iowa, Toronto) en route to his 2012 series championship.

After a sub-par start to the Indycar season, Dixon is suddenly the form driver. He has rocketed up the series standings to 2nd with this weekend's two wins, and now is just 29 points behind series leader and long-time rival Helio Castroneves.

And his two wins this weekend and last week's win at Pocono have seen Scott Dixon become the fourth most-winning driver in Indycar history. The three drivers ahead of him are American racing royalty; Al Unser Jr, Mario Andretti and AJ Foyt. 

The series resumes at Ohio in three weeks where Dixon has won the last two years. You wouldn't bet against him recording a fourth straight win.

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