Dixon hopes Toronto fuels IndyCar championship run

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm •  Published: July 18, 2014
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TORONTO (AP) — Scott Dixon is running out of races to become a championship threat.

He's been in this spot before.

The three-time IndyCar champ might be at the right track to prove it's still too early to count him out for a fourth title.

Coming off a victory at Pocono, Dixon still wasn't thinking about a championship when he arrived at Toronto last year. The next two races changed everything. The 33-year-old Kiwi swept the Toronto doubleheader, moving him from fourth overall in the driver standings to second. He'd win again at Houston and clinched his third title at Fontana.

Dixon enters this year's doubleheader in a familiar place, well behind his rivals in the points race but one podium sweep from vaulting himself into contention.

"It's always possible, but we're definitely in a bit of a deep hole right now," Dixon said Friday. "It simplifies things. You don't have to race for points. You don't have to race for any scenario apart from going out there and winning."

Dixon has only one podium finish this season and is eighth in the standings, 140 points behind leader Helio Castroneves. The title race is still wide open, with no driver maintaining the kind of consistency that makes him the favorite.

"It's kind of a strange championship," Dixon said. "It looks like no one is trying to win it at this point, but I think it will turn around. You'll get some sense of somebody starting to get on a roll as we go through this weekend and definitely onto the next one."

Dixon has reason to feel optimistic about his own chances. He started 15th but moved up to finish fifth at Pocono on July 6. He started from the pole for the first time this season at Iowa and stayed in contention until settling for fourth in a tense finish behind teammate Tony Kanaan.

Dixon rebounded from brake issues in the first practice Friday to post the third best time in the second.

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