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Dixon’s Texas victory gives him points lead for the first time in 2018

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As the Verizon IndyCar Series enters an off weekend after a busy stretch that included activity for no fewer than five consecutive weekends, the championship standings see a familiar face at the top.

Four-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon surged to the top of the championship after winning Saturday’s night’s DXC Technology 600, his second in three races – he won Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit as well – which helped propel him to his first championship lead of 2018.

Dixon’s start to the 2018 season is actually similar in multiple areas to the start of his 2015 season, the year of his most recent title. That year, Dixon left the Indianapolis 500 with two podiums (a win in Long Beach, and third place at Barber Motorsports Park) to his name through six races, placing him third in the championship.

The 2018 season also saw Dixon leave the Indy 500 with two podiums to his name (second at the INDYCAR Grand Prix, and third at the Indy 500), which left him fourth in the standings.

Like in 2015, his Texas Motor Speedway triumph was his second win of the season. And in 2015, it helped spark a title run. Given that his 2018 victory vaulted him into the championship lead for the first time this year, another title run could be beckoning.

Still, the always understated Dixon isn’t nearly ready to talk championship yet.

“It’s not bad. But it’s going to be hard to hold onto,” he said of leading the points standings at this stage of the season. “We’ll see how the next races go. The car has had good speed all season and we’ll try to keep it going.”

Dixon, with 357 points, leads Alexander Rossi by 33. Will Power, who crashed with Zachary Claman De Melo on Saturday night, fell to third, 36 points behind Dixon. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Josef Newgarden sit fourth and fifth, 49 and 68 points back respectively.

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Twin sisters chosen for Lincoln Tech-Schmidt Peterson Mentorship Program

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Lincoln Tech and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced a continuation of their long-time partnership earlier this year, and part of that partnership included a return of their mentorship program, which sees Lincoln Tech students join SPM’s team during select race weekends.

The ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway will add a new and interesting chapter to that program as the students selected happen to be twin sisters.

Jacqueline and Nathalie Mische, who are studying Automotive Technology at Lincoln Tech’s East Windsor, CT campus, will be part of James Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda team during the Pocono weekend.

Jacqueline and Nathalie Mische will be part of James Hinchcliffe’s team at Pocono. Photo: IndyCar

What’s even more interesting is that Jacqueline and Nathalie previously worked in a hair salon as after graduating from beauty school. They explained that one of their Lincoln Tech instructors, Kristopher Fluckiger, put the idea of pursuing a career in the racing field in their heads.

“He was a Lincoln Tech graduate, and then he was actually a racer,” Natalie and Jacqueline said of Mr. Fluckiger in a video release by Lincoln Tech detailing their story. “When we had him for steering and suspension, he always told us about stagger and race cars. He integrated racing into everything he was teaching us.”

And the young women feel both humbled and surprised by the opportunity at hand.

“It’s still so surreal. When everyone told us that we got chosen – to be able to go, we feel honored that we get that opportunity,” Natalie revealed.

Jacqueline added, “Especially two of us from one campus, we kind of didn’t think we could (both get nominated).”

Kevin Clark, Director of Education at the East Windsor campus, spoke very highly of the Mische sisters and feels that they both earned the opportunity.

“(They) are truly deserving of this honor – being selected for the SPM Mentor program,” said Clark. “They are outstanding students with exceptional GPAs and near-perfect attendance. They are always upbeat, positive, and smiling while actively engaged in their education and helping others.”

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