Scott Dixon heads to the doubleheader weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a wide 96 point advantage over the rest of the field. Stats say that with only five races remaining in the season, Dixon is going to be tough to beat.
This position is far from new for him. This is the third time in the last four years that Dixon has held onto the points lead with five races left in a respective season. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has also led the championship standings after every race this season thus far too.
Since 2008, the championship leader with five races to go has gone on to win the championship six times including each of the last two years and three of the last four. Those drivers were: Scott Dixon (2008 and 2018), Dario Franchitti (2011), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2012), Simon Pagenaud (2016) and Josef Newgarden (2019).
In terms of the eventual champion winning at Mid-Ohio that season, it’s happened 11 times overall with the last coming with Newgarden in 2017.
The 96 points that separate Dixon and Josef Newgarden is the largest point margin since 2008. Prior to this season, the average lead with five races to go since 2008 was 39.6 points. That’s just how dominant Dixon has been.
Championship-eligible drivers’ results at Mid-Ohio: Scott Dixon is the winningest Indy car driver at Mid-Ohio with six victories (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2019). Josef Newgarden (2017), Simon Pagenaud (2016) and Graham Rahal (2015) have won at Mid-Ohio … Dixon has finished in the top five in 11 of his 15 races at Mid-Ohio.