Dixon making progress in IndyCar

Associated Press


Quietly, in the shadow of his teammate, Scott Dixon has put together one of the most impressive resumes in IndyCar.

He’s tied with Rick Mears for 10th on the career victory list, and another three wins would push him past Dario Franchitti and Sebastien Bourdais as the winningest active driver in the series. Dixon has two titles, an Indianapolis 500 win and hasn’t finished lower than third in the standings since 2006.

Yet, it’s Franchitti, with his four titles and three Indy 500 wins, who gets most of the attention.

“He’s famous. He’s got great hair, great teeth, newly single. He’s a stud,” Dixon joked.

Dixon heads into Sunday’s race at Long Beach ranked second in the IndyCar standings after two masterful drives that didn’t go unnoticed. He drove from 20th to fifth in the season-opener at St. Pete, then had his fourth consecutive runner-up finish at Barber two weeks ago.

That’s the attention that Dixon wants.

“I prefer to do the talking on the track,” he said. “I don’t talk (crap) about other people, or worry about what else is going on. I’m not a gunslinger, not a showboater.”

Franchitti, teammates with Dixon since 2009, doesn’t think his fame overshadows his teammate. Instead, it’s Dixon’s personality to stay under the radar and let his results speak for him.

“He’s very, very good. Fiercely competitive,” Franchitti said. “But he definitely likes to be quiet and low-key. He likes that side of things. But I think people who really pay attention know what Dixie is capable of.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay fastest Friday

Defending IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was fastest in Friday’s practice at Long Beach.

Hunter-Reay, who won two weeks ago at Barber, ran a lap at 1:09.4224 in a messy second practice stopped four times for red flags.

Mike Conway was second in his return to IndyCar. The Englishman walked away from his seat before last season’s finale because he was uncomfortable racing on ovals. But the 2011 Long Beach winner landed a one-race deal with Rahal Letterman Lanigan for Sunday’s race.

Will Power was third.

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