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NHRA Top Fuel champ Larry Dixon shares story of cancer fight

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Three-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon has been one of the sport’s best drivers for nearly 20 years.

What we didn’t know at any point was that Dixon had a bigger fight on his hands in late 2014: a fight with throat cancer.

Dixon shared his cancer story for the first time this week, via two outlets: the Indiana University health blog website and with WRTV sports director Dave Furst in Indianapolis.

“I immediately thought of my kids,” Dixon, a husband and father of three, said via a post for the IU website. “I knew I had to put on a brave face and fight this not just for myself but for my family.”

Dixon completed his final treatment in January 2015 and returned to a Top Fuel Dragster later that year. He had a major crash at Gainesville roughly a year ago this week. Fortunately, not long after that, he scans showed no signs of cancer.

You can read the full story of Dixon’s telling his story for the first time via the IU website as linked above, or, in this video interview he did with Furst in Indianapolis.

Porsche pulls GTLM cars from Mid-Ohio because of COVID-19 positives

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Porsche will skip Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with its two GTLM cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after three positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

That resulted in Porsche choosing to pull out of the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany, electing to avoid sending any team members as a precautionary measure.

Porsche Motorsport announced Tuesday that its COVID-19 decision also would apply at Mid-Ohio to its No. 911 and No. 12 teams.

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Three of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers — Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy — also were racing in Le Mans. The trio has remained isolated in Europe and won’t be allowed to travel.

“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio,” Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be traveling to the USA.

“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasize that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”

The decision also affects Earl Bamber, who teamed with Vanthoor to win the GTLM championship last year in the No. 912.

Porsche said its GTLM Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries will return for the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

That will reduce the GTLM class to four cars — two Corvettes and two BMWs — this weekend at Mid-Ohio, in what could be somewhat of a 2021 preview. Porsche Motorsport announced earlier this year that it will leave IMSA after the 2020 season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.