Dixon real dan­ger

The Timaru Herald - - CATALYST -

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.’’

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