6 Oct 2013

Dixon pushing hard for IndyCar title

4:13 pm on 6 October 2013

Auckland motor racing driver Scott Dixon has won the first of two races at the Houston Grand Prix to continue his remarkable late-season push for a third IndyCar championship.

Starting third on the grid, Dixon took the lead on the 73rd of 90 laps and coasted to victory under the yellow flag for his fourth win of the season, to go just eight points behind series leader Helio Castroneves, with two races remaining.

The Brazilian had a disastrous race, entering the day with a 49-point lead over Dixon. But a gearbox issue led to an 18th-place finish and Dixon can continue to dream of a near-miraculous come-from-behind championship win.

Dixon only won his first race this year in the 11th round but his late-season form has been irresistable, claiming four of the seven races since then.