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What started off as a slow morning practice session in Birmingham, resulted in the most recent Verizon IndyCar Series race winner at the top of the leaderboard.
Scott Dixon, driver of the Target & Coca-Cola sponsored No. 9 for Chip Ganassi Racing has wound up on the podium at Barber Motorsports Park every year the series has competed at the picturesque road course. The inaugural Honda Grand Prix of Alabama was in 2010. He has never obtained the pole position at this track but did start as high as P3 in the sophomore year of the event.
Dixon is definitely looking to land on the top of that race podium tomorrow, hoping to create a winning “streak” for the 5th time in his IndyCar career. Dixon had back-to-back victories in 2003 when he won at both Pikes Peak and Richmond, and 2008 when he came out victorious at Edmonton and then Kentucky. Dixon’s streaks are not limited to 2-in-a-row though. He accomplished 3 consecutive wins in 2007 at Watkins Glen, Nashville and Mid-Ohio and then as recently as 2013 with a win at Pocono and dominating the double-header race weekend in Toronto. He ultimately went on to secure the IndyCar Series Championship in 2013, with the aforementioned triple victory over 2 weekends having a significant impact on his points total.
Permanent road courses are a strong suit for Dixon – they don’t call him Mr. Mid-Ohio for nothing. He has claimed victory at the Lexington, OH track 5 times over the course of 8 seasons and looks to start a similar tradition this weekend in Alabama. While he’s certainly grateful for always making the podium at Barber, a win this weekend would feel that much more satisfying after remaining elusive for so many years.