Dixon real danger
Tim Cindric didn’t say Scott Dixon was the favourite for the IndyCar title, but the president of rival outfit Team Penske may as well have.
A four-time champion in the hugely popular North American open-wheel series, Kiwi driver Dixon bids for a fifth championship in the season finale at Sonoma, California on Sunday (Monday morning NZ time).
Part of the Chip Ganassi Racing stable since 2002, the south Auckland-raised racer trails standings leader Josef Newgarden by just three points going into the double-points event to decide who will lift the Astor Cup.
With the Newgarden in front of him and Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power behind him, Dixon is the lone driver of the five in contention for overall honours not from Chevroletpowered Team Penske.
While that may lead some to believe the New Zealander in the Honda-powered No 9 car was at a disadvantage, Cindric did not quite see it that way.
‘‘Yeah, I think if it wasn’t Scott Dixon, I would say that our odds are really good,’’ the Penske president said. ‘‘He’s been solid everywhere. You don’t see him make any mistakes.’’