Matching up top Indy contenders: Briscoe, Franchitti, Dixon
Two teammates. One former teammate. Two power teams. Eight points between the three them. One race left. One step on the podium that really matters.
Sixteen races and the Indy Racing League has again come down to the final 200 laps, this time on Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Defending series champion
Together they've won 12 of 16 races this season, breaking off into their own high-speed podium midway through the season. The winner among them on Saturday could very likely leave Miami with the trophy they've been chasing since April. There won't be much mystery as to what the task entails. So how do they match up?
If only for a few more vapors of fuel, he might have held on to win the 2007 title and being going for three in a row, but Franchitti surpassed him on the last lap at Chicago to win the title by 13 points.
"That's just motor racing, unfortunately," Dixon said. "There's so many things that are just out of your reach. It just goes back to the whole combination and always there's a little bit of luck. It could have swung our way that day if there was maybe one more lap of yellow, it would have gotten us to the end or if we had saved a little bit of fuel it would have gotten us to the end. That's racing. You just have to deal. Sometimes its good to you and sometimes its pretty rough."
And the inner competition has been a boon for Ganassi.
"I've been lucky to have been part of some great groups of teammates," Franchitti said. "
"And I think Team Target's record speaks for itself. Scott won everything last year and the year before they were the one pushing me the hardest both in the IndyCar championship and the 500. He's hardcore, man. You gotta get up early in the morning to beat Dixie."