IndyCar: Dixon, 9 more ready for Road America test

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Three weeks after winning his fourth IndyCar championship, instead of a long break of rest and relaxation, Scott Dixon will be back at work Tuesday.

Dixon will be one of 10 IndyCar drivers slated to take part in an open test at the iconic Road America, the 4.048-mile twisting road course in central Wisconsin, about an hour north of Milwaukee.

The Elkhart Lake, Wis., facility, which celebrated its 60th anniversary this year, will throw open its doors not only to drivers and teams Tuesday, but also to fans and media.

The test will be in preparation for the Road America Grand Prix on June 23-26, 2016, which will mark IndyCar’s return to the iconic track for the first time since 2007. Road America hosted the series every year from 1982 through 2007.

“I’m excited to go back. It’s one of the old-school American tracks that reminds me a little bit of Watkins Glen with the style of racing,” Dixon said in an IndyCar media release. “We’ll work through a lot of things so when we come back next year we’ll be prepared to challenge for the win.”

Other drivers scheduled to test include Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball, AJ Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato, CFH Racing’s Josef Newgarden, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal and Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.

The test session will go from 8:30 am to 4 pm CT. Fan admission is $20, with half of that amount going to the Wilson Children’s Fund to benefit the family of the late Justin Wilson.

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Travis Pastrana leads flag-to-flag in Nitro Rallycross as the series returns to America

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Travis Pastrana waited until the final trip around ERX Motor Park to take his Joker Lap – a longer way around the course that all drivers must do at least once in a race – and came out cleanly to win his first Nitro Rallycross race of 2022. With this win, Pastrana is the third driver to visit Victory Lane in the first three rounds of the 2022-23 season.

“This is the closest to a motocross track,” Pastrana told Katie Osborne on Peacock. “Thank you so much for a beautiful facility. It’s been a rough start to the season and I’m so thankful to be back out here. We had a good run in the side-by-side and now for this. This is much needed.”

Another thing needed was the sense of improvement. And Pastrana earned that affirmation each time he completed a lap around the course.

“I get my lap times read out and they said ‘fastest time of the week,’ ‘fastest time of the week’ (each time around) ” Pastrana said. “This is really special. We’re a long way behind in the championship, but welcome to America.”

In a pre-race press conference, Pastrana said that as Nitro Rallycross heads back to America, it was time for an American to win and he made good on his promise. Pastrana took the early lead over Robin Larsson and let the back of his Subaru hang out, taking risks he might not otherwise take if not for his need to win.

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Larsson’s second-place finish completed a perfect sweep of the podium in three rounds. In fact, he has not yet finished worse than second after winning the opening round at Lydden Hill in the United Kingdom and finishing second at Strangnas in Sweeden.

Fraser McConnel rounded out the podium for his best result of the season. He finished fourth in each of the first two rounds.

Last year, Pastrana finished second in this race to Scott Speed before narrowly edging his teammate for the championship.

Andreas Bakkerud crashed in prelims, but rebounded to finish just off the block in fourth. Bakkerud won the second round ahead of his teammate Larsson.

Oliver Bennett completed the top five.

Minneapolis is the first of three rounds scheduled in the United States. Next on the schedule is Glen Helen, Calif. on Octo 30 and then Phoenix at Wild Horse Pass on November 12th. Nitro Rallycross will then head to Saudi Arabia in December to continue their 2022-23 season.