For Dixon, it’s likely Mid-Ohio or bust in terms of 2015 IndyCar title hopes

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While a 48-point deficit is not an unattainable gap to overcome, Scott Dixon realistically needs to close about 20 to 25 points on Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Juan Pablo Montoya at this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to have a realistic shot to win his fourth series championship.

Luckily, like Chevrolets and American pie, or peanut butter and jelly, few things go better together than Dixon and Mid-Ohio.

Dixon should seemingly have naming rights to the joint considering his level of success there, or at the very least, a corner named after him.

The New Zealander has five wins in the last eight years at Mid-Ohio, all coming in slightly different fashion but still with a level of dominance that is matched by few at any other circuit.

Dixon’s 2007, 2009 and 2011 Mid-Ohio wins saw him control the race from start-to-finish.

In 2012, Dixon jumped ahead of Will Power on the final pit stop sequence, and was able to hold on from there.

Last year, he completed the least likely of his triumphs – a 22nd and last-to-first display, aided by typically brilliant fuel saving.

Said his Chip Ganassi Racing rookie teammate Sage Karam of Dixon’s legendary fuel saving ability, “He’s just amazing with some of the stuff he does with fuel conservation and stuff. That’s been the biggest thing for me this year, learning fuel conservation. Dixon is the best in the business at that.”

Karam’s awe over Dixon’s fuel conservation is shared by many in the IndyCar paddock.

And it will likely again be needed for Dixon to stay in the championship fight for the final three races.

The reason Mid-Ohio is more crucial this year than in the past is specifically down to its place on the schedule.

Last year and 2012, there were three more races after Mid-Ohio. In 2013, there were five more. In 2011, there were six.

But after Sunday’s race, just two races will be left. And with Mid-Ohio the last permanent road course before the double points season finale in Sonoma, getting the setup right and getting a maximum result becomes even more paramount.

Dixon enters the race as the clearest of favorites. If he wins again, he can bank 20 or more points on Montoya if JPM finishes fifth or worse.

The battle between those two – with Graham Rahal determined to continue his giant-killing season, now sandwiched in-between them – will be the single biggest thing to monitor race day, Sunday, at Mid-Ohio.

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.