Lexington, OH (Sports Network) - Look out Helio Castroneves, here comes Scott Dixon. And he's coming in a hurry.
Dixon has jumped up to second in the IndyCar Series point standings after winning the last three races. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver and two-time series champion won the July 7 inaugural race at Pocono and then scored a sweep in the weekend doubleheader in Toronto three weeks ago. He is now 29 points behind leader Castroneves.
Dixon's winning-momentum could very well continue this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He has won four of the six IndyCar-sanctioned races at Mid- Ohio, including victories in 2011 and '12.
"I hope we can keep these results coming," Dixon said. "It was much needed. It was a big turning point for us in the championship. Before Pocono, we were 92 points out and now 29 and second in the championship. Typically, Mid-Ohio has been a great circuit for us. Hopefully, that transfers."
Ganassi has been dominant at this 2.3-mile road course. Dixon's first two victories here came in 2007 and '09. His teammate, Dario Franchitti, won at this course in 2010.
"I think it's a combination of the team," Dixon noted. "They've always had good results here, and both cars have been very quick. If you could put your finger on it, you would try to replicate it at every track."
Ryan Briscoe is the only driver not from Ganassi that has an IndyCar victory at Mid-Ohio. Briscoe's win here came in 2008 when he drove for Team Penske. He is not entered in this weekend's race.
Since the formation of IndyCar in 1996, no driver has won four races in a row. Sebastien Bourdais did win four consecutive events in the Champ Car World Series in 2006, two years before it merged with IndyCar.
Last year, Will Power won three straight races early in the season (Birmingham, Long Beach and Sao Paulo) and then Ryan Hunter-Reay scored three victories in a row later in the year (Milwaukee, Iowa and Toronto). Hunter- Reay went on to win the championship.
If history repeats itself, Dixon could notch his third IndyCar champion. His first title came in 2003. It's been five years since his most recent one.
"I think the championships in 2003 and 2008 -- there were five years in between -- that the ups and downs make you realize it's not that easy to win races," he said. "In 2003, it was a strange deal. It's fair to say I was a little reluctant to start with but also very young. I didn't really know what I had achieved at that point. It was still a hell of an accomplishment.
"In 2008, it was an all-around great year. We won six races, won the Indy 500. It was one of those dream years. For me to look back at that stage in my career, it was very cool to look back and see what we had achieved that year. It's strange to have championships that far apart and look at the differences and see how you were different at those times."
Twenty-four teams are on the preliminary entry list for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.
Series: IZOD IndyCar. Date: Sunday, Aug. 4. Race: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Site: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Track: 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course. Start Time: 3:30 p.m. ET. Laps: 90. Miles: 203.22. 2012 Winner: Scott Dixon. Television: NBC Sports Network. Radio: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite.
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