Following on from two 10th place finishes at Mid-Ohio, Dixon could only bag a ninth and an eighth from the two races on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course – a venue where he won back in July.
By contrast, his championship rival Josef Newgarden of Team Penske-Chevrolet scored a win and a fourth place this weekend, to trim Dixon’s lead from 72 points to 32.
Dixon still remains in command for even were Newgarden to win the season finale at St. Petersburg and gain all the bonus points for fastest lap, pole and most laps led, Dixon would only need to come home ninth. Unlike in recent years, this year’s finale does not offer double-points.
“Still a lot of hard work to do there,” Dixon told NBC after today’s race in which he struggled to eighth. “As always, the NTT IndyCar Series comes down to the final race, even without double points, and the lead that we had – over 100 points at one stage.
“It’s nice to be on the leading side of the points at this stage. It’s still a big margin, so he has to get most laps led, all the four bonus points and we have to finish ninth. But they have been pretty good in St Pete in previous years. You know, we’re definitely going to have our work cut out.”
With the race today being only 75 laps (Friday’s was 85) most drivers committed…