The Izod IndyCar Series returns to action for the third race of the season around the 1.968-mile street course in Long Beach, California in the 38th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The race is probably the second most prestigious event on the schedule obviously behind the Indianapolis 500. That’s why Scott Dixon would like to turn his misfortunes around at the 11 Turn circuit.
Most weeks Dixon is among the favorites as the two-time series champion is a solid pick just about anywhere. He has 29 wins in 166 career starts including the 2008 Indy 500. He ranks among the top 10 drivers of all-time as far as wins, top fives and poles go.
With those stats and how great he’s started the season you would think Dixon would be among the top picks this weekend. Unfortunately that’s not true.
Dixon has made six starts at Long Beach and has only finished in the top 10 once with a fourth in 2010. His next best finish is 15th as he has finishes of 19th, 18th, 15th, 4th, 18th, and 23rd.
He will need to turn around his misfortunes this weekend to stay afloat with Helio Castroneves and the Andretti Autosport group. An Andretti driver has won two of the last three years as three of the drivers in the four car stable sit third, fourth and fifth in the standings right behind Dixon.
Dixon has been strong so far this season with finishing fifth in the season opener at St. Pete and earned his fourth straight runner-up at Barber in the last race. He’s due for a good finish in Long Beach although history suggests otherwise.
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