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FIRESTONE 600 CHAMPION DIXON GETTING HEAD START ON SECOND-HALF TITLE PUSH

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 8, 2015) – Scott Dixon’s win in Saturday night’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway may have provided a jumpstart on his drive on what seems to be his annual second half of the season push for the Verizon IndyCar Series title.

>Dixon (No. 9 Energizer Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet), a three-time series champion, collected his second victory of the season, winning the Firestone 600 by 7.8 seconds in the fastest Verizon IndyCar Series race (191.940 mph average race speed) in the 19-year history of Texas Motor Speedway.

But over the past 13 seasons, Dixon has owned a reputation as a driver that produces strong second halves and one who traditionally has built his title runs later in the season. Of his 37 career victories, only 15 of them (including Saturday’s win) have come before the 10th race of the season. The Firestone 600 was the ninth race of the 16-event season that culminates with the Aug. 30 season finale at Sonoma Raceway.

Prior to his two wins this season, 11 of Dixon’s 12 victories dating to 2010 have come in the second half of the year.

“We would obviously like to start the season stronger,” said Dixon, who didn't win until at least the 10th race three of the past five seasons. “I would say right now this is one of our better ones, even though we had a pretty awful start with the first two races.”

Dixon, with the win, remained in third in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship behind Team Penske drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power, respectively. The win, however, drew him 20 points closer to Montoya, whom he trails now by 43 points, and he is only eight behind Power heading into this weekend’s race in Toronto.

Dixon and his Target Chip Ganassi team also can look forward to the fact that he has won at five of the seven tracks remaining on the schedule.

“This team has got a lot of resources,” Dixon said. “You know you're going to have a shot at winning each weekend you go to. But the competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series is through the roof. Especially now with four Penskes and four legitimate drivers (Montoya, Power, Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud) that they've got in their stable, it's pretty tough.

“Right now it's a good start for us, kind of mid-season-ish. But there is still a long ways to go and a lot of competition out there. We're not going to obviously dwell on this too much. What we'll try to do is carry some momentum from this race on to the next.”

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