Friday, April 15, 2011
Scott Dixon vs. Dario Franchitti at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti are teammates with Chip Ganassi's Team Target in the Izod IndyCar Series. Franchitti has won three IndyCar series championships. Dixon has won two.
Franchitti has Dixon beat at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. He won the race in 2009. The best finish for Dixon came last year when he finished fourth.
"Last year, we messed up man," Dixon said Thursday during a media lunch at the track in Long Beach. "We were not as consistent as we needed to be."
Dixon and Franchitti might be the drivers to beat in Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach. Dixon said he considers Franchitti to be his biggest rival in the race.
"You look at Dario, even if he has a bad day, they somehow turn it into something that achieves a lot of points," Dixon said. "To win championships, that's what you got to do.
"We're great friends first and foremost. We push each other to the limits. I think we're definitely stronger in different areas. That's nice to feed off. It's a healthy competition. It gets fierce as it does with anyone on the track."