Scott Dixon might possibly be the best driver in the world. He is an absolute superstar. Gets the results in what could be argued the most competitive series in the world of motorsport.
Also with wins in Grand-Am, at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Destroyed all comers in Indy Lights at the young age of 20. And if not for Williams giving him a a dog of a car in 2004, the landscape of IndyCar might be a little bit different.
Just take a look at his stats at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. In 8 previous starts in IndyCar/CART he has been unquestionably the most dominate driver with 4 wins, 1 pole (poles are not Dixie's strong suit), and 5 podiums. While Dixon has been successful on most venues on the schedule, he seems to become a man possessed at the Lexington, Ohio circuit. No driver in the history of major open wheel racing at the circuit has had more than 3 victories (Michael Andretti in CART and Brian Redman in F5000) to Dixon's 4. And unlike those drivers, Dixon has a chance to at least extend it for another race win.
Also, in the past Dixon has used this great American circuit as a spring board to mount his title challenge, with 6 of his 23 wins coming after Mid-Ohio on the calender (in season's with Mid-Ohio on the schedule). As well as 17 podiums in the 44 races remaining in the season after the hugely (and I meam hugely) Honda backed race.
When one thinks of Rick Mears, they think of Indianapolis. When on thinks of Al Unser Jr., they think of Long Beach. When one thinks of Scott Dixon, they will think of Mid-Ohio.
This race is Dixon's to lose.
What else is this Honda 200 weekend all about?
Ummm.... the world public track debut of the Honda NSX Hybrid. Yup... mid west America will be the first people in the Universe outside the Honda engineers and test drivers and executives get to see a great hybrid supercar take laps in full glory (or any glory).
And it is a looker.
Times you ask? Well 3:00 PM Eastern Time. That mans 8:00 PM in the UK and 11:00 AM for those on the West Coast USA. It's on NBC Sports Network for those in the US, and those in the UK can add who is showing the race there if they'd like.
Entry List: LINK
For the couple of people who want the Indy Lights Entry list which will have 3 new cars this weekend to break the double digit mark in car count: LINK
In other Indy Lights news; We're going to get a new car for 2015! Fin-a-fricken-lly! With Dan Andersen running the show, if he can use a formula that has given the USF2000 class over 25 cars a weekend, I don't see how hoping at least 16 cars full time in Indy Lights isn't stretching my imagination.
Also in FIL news, we see the debut of GP2 superstar Giancarlo Serenelli as well as the first ever African driver in the series in Zimbabwean Axcil Jeffries who has shown in FBMW Asia and FIA Formula Two.
The other Road to Indy also run, but Matthew Brabham is going to win in Pro Mazda, and USF2000 is a game of craps. Anyone of about a third of the grid could potentially win.