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Dixon and Helio Castroneves pose for a photo with the
IndyCar series world championship trophy.
ANGELES – The IZOD IndyCar Series championship
duel between Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott
Dixon and Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves will be
played out Oct. 19 in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway.
It's the eighth
consecutive year that the IZOD IndyCar Series championship
will be decided in the final race, and it's the sixth
year in a row that a driver from Team Penske will compete
for the title. The team last earned the series title in
2006 with Sam Hornish Jr.
A Target Chip
Ganassi Racing driver – either Dixon or Dario Franchitti
-- has claimed the championship four of the past five
a 25-point lead into to 250-lap twilight race on the 2-mile
D-shaped oval (8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network), but here's
an interesting note: he's the last championship points
leader entering the finale to close the deal. That was
in 2008, when Dixon led Castroneves by 30 points heading
to Chicagoland Speedway (the final gap was 17 points).
In 2003, Dixon's other title season, he and Castroneves
were tied entering the finale at Texas Motor Speedway.
year is very different the way the points shake out, but
it always seems to come down to the last race, the last
lap, the last corner," Dixon said. "I'm just
pleased to be in contention because it is so competitive
in the IndyCar Series these days."
gathered Oct. 17 at L.A. Live for a final round of interviews
and photos, including with the Astor Cup that will be
presented to the champion following the race.
he’s strong enough mentally because he’s been
in these situations,” Castroneves said of Dixon.
“But who knows what could happen. It's going to
be an exciting weekend at Auto Club Speedway. We had a
very fast Auto Club of Southern California car at the
Fontana test a couple of weeks ago and we go into this
weekend with a lot of confidence.
all the faith in the world in my team and I know we are
capable of getting the job done on Saturday night. Everyone
should make sure they are watching, because I have a feeling
this is going to be an awesome race."
qualifications are Oct. 18. Real-time Timing & Scoring
augmented by the IMS Radio Network broadcast is available
on www.indycar.com and the INDYCAR 13 app for all sessions
and the race.
full schedule (all times Eastern):
18 -- 1:45-3:15 p.m. practice
5:15 p.m. qualifications (7 p.m. on NBC Sports
9:05-9:35 p.m. practice
19 -- 8 p.m. MAVTV 500 on NBC Sports Network
Oct. 20 -- 8:30 p.m. INDYCAR Championship Celebration
streamed live on www.indycar.com and INDYCAR 13
* With one
race to go, the 2013 points battle is the largest since
2008 when first and second were separated by 30 points.
The average points deficit with one to go since 2005 is
has nine starts at Auto Club Speedway with a best finish
of fifth in 2002 and 2013. Dixon has six starts at Auto
Club Speedway with a best finish of second in 2003. He
finished third in the 2013 race.
has 16 oval victories (2001-Indianapolis; 2002-Phoenix,
Indianapolis; 2003-Gateway, Nazareth; 2004-Texas 2; 2005-Richmond;
2006-Motegi, Texas, Michigan; 2008-Chicagoland; 2009-Indianapolis,
Texas; 2010-Kentucky, Motegi; 2013-Texas).
* Dixon has
18 oval victories (2001-Nazareth; 2003-Homestead, Pikes
Peak, Richmond; 2006- Nashville; 2007- Nashville; 2008-Homestead,
Indianapolis, Texas, Nashville, Kentucky; 2009-Kansas,
Milwaukee, Richmond, Motegi; 2010-Kansas, Homestead; 2013-Pocono).
* Four of Castroneves'
wins have come on superspeedways, while two of Dixon’s
wins have come on a superspeedway.
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