Posted October 17, 2013 on
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Just two weeks ago, Scott Dixon needed an enormous amount of help to take control of the IndyCar championship race.
Helio Castroneves gave it to him with a broken gearbox during a wild doubleheader in Houston, allowing Dixon to head for California with his third series title in sight.
Dixon isn't cocky about his chances in IndyCar's season finale at Fontana on Saturday. The New Zealander realizes he only needs a fifth-place finish to stay ahead of Castroneves for the overall title, but he won't change tactics just to stay safe.
Castroneves had a wide lead in the points standings heading to Houston, but problems in both races left him 25 points behind Dixon heading to the finale. Castroneves hasn't given up hope for a dramatic comeback.
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Roger Penske isn't mincing words when it comes to the task at hand for Helio Castroneves in Saturday night's season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.
''Well, Helio's got to win the race, and it's a longshot,'' Penske said.
Castroneves trails IndyCar Series points leader Scott Dixon by 25 points going into the final race. The Brazilian...
With a championship on the line, the battle between Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves is going to go down to the wire but as far as the race goes, this is going to be one for the money. Auto Club Speedway has a great open wheel on track product, and last years return did not disappoint.
With Power taking the pole, that makes it one less point the Castroneves could have earned to...
Penske Racing was perfect Friday in the first phase toward pushing Helio Castroneves to the IndyCar championship.
Will Power, Castroneves and AJ Allmendinger swept the front row in qualifying for Saturday night's season finale at Auto Club Speedway, where Castroneves is trying to chase down Scott Dixon for the IndyCar title.
''They did a hell of a job to be a front...