IndyCar Championship To Be Decided At Fontana

By James Williams
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Honda) and Helio Castroneves (No. 3 Penske Chevrolet) battle for the 2013 IndyCar Championship in the final race of the season, the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships at Fontana International Speedway this Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT on NBCSN.

Coming into the final race of the 2013 season Dixon holds a 25-point advantage in the standings over Castroneves, the only driver who can overtake Dixon to win the championship. Dixon has the hot car after registering first- and second-place finishes at the Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. Dixon is a two-time IndyCar Series Champion (2003 & 2008); Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 13-year veteran of the IndyCar Series, hopes to clinch his first career season-series title.

This week, Mike Hull, Managing Director of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, told me about their plans this weekend in Southern California. “Our goal is to continue to do what we have been doing all season long. Drive to win the race, keep aware of what is going on around us but if you play it too safe that usually is not a wise game plan.”

Meanwhile, his counterpart Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing, felt Castroneves was far from out of it when it came to winning the championship.“Helio has the advantage going into the weekend. He is strong on these types of racetracks, and I believe our car (Chevrolet) has a bit more power and gives us an edge on these oval racetracks. Look this will be a great battle and I am not about to say beating Scott will be easy, but we have the car, the driver and the team to do it.”

Broadcast information for this week’s 2013 IndyCar series final has the TV on NBC Sports Network. Their coverage of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships begins on Friday with qualifying at 7 p.m. ET. Live race coverage of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships begins on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage of the Lefty’s Kids Club 100, part of IndyCar’s Indy Lights developmental series, will precede the IndyCar World Championships on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Radio is on IMS Radio network and Sirius XM

Broadband: NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will live stream the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships on Saturday. Coverage will be streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.


Rant Sports columnist James Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award winning producer, director and writer. Follow him on Twitter @Wordmandc and add him to your Google circles.

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