Dixon set for title chase at Iowa

The Verizon IndyCar Series heads to Iowa this weekend and the fifth of six oval races this season.
Scott Dixon has just four rounds left in the IndyCar Series to capture the 2015 title.

While Dixon was disappointed with his seventh place at last weekend’s round in Milwaukee, he has moved up into second overall, 54 points behind Juan Pablo Montoya heading into tomorrow’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway in Newton.

“Iowa is such a little bullring, it’s so fast,” commented Dixon. “The G-loadings that you’re getting and how quick they get the cars to perform around the track is spectacular. I think I’ve been on the pole twice there and I don’t think I’ve ever been on the podium there, so I’ve got a little bit of work to do.”

“Tony Kanaan was very strong there last year and I think we got robbed of a 1-2 finish there with a late caution and a bunch of guys going on new tires. It’s definitely a fun place where the people love coming to our races and I think it’s probably one of the best shows we have all season.”

Dixon is one of four drivers who have competed in all nine IndyCar events at the Speedway, along with Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan.  Last year Dixon was fastest qualifier but no driver has yet won from pole.

Kanaan has finished on the podium in the last five races at Iowa Speedway after failing to finish better than 15th in his first three starts. Andretti has finished on the podium in four of his eight starts at Iowa Speedway. Dixon has started on pole three times (two earned) and has seven top-10 finishes at Iowa in eight starts, but he has never finished better than third.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Dario Franchitti are the only drivers to win at Iowa Speedway and win the Verizon IndyCar Series championship in the same season. Hunter-Reay accomplished the feat in 2012 and Franchitti in 2007 and 2009.

Drivers face 300 laps (268.2 miles) of the 0.894 mile oval with the race getting underway at 7:50pm local time.

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits talkmotorsport.co.nz. He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!

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