‘Born Racer’, the compelling and inspiring story of Scott Dixon, to be released Oct. 2

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Foyt. Andretti. Unser. Mears. Dixon.

There’s no question that Scott Robert Dixon is also rightly included in that select group of the greatest race car drivers that the Indy car world has ever known.

The soft-spoken, humble native of Auckland, New Zealand has been the greatest and winningest driver on the American open-wheel scene over the last 15 years – and likely with many more years and even greater success still to come.

With 44 career IndyCar wins as a foundation, Dixon has built a career that potentially could see him earn a fifth Indy car championship (which would be second-most behind A.J. Foyt’s seven titles) in Sunday’s 2018 season-ending and championship-deciding Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway.

Because he’s so unassuming and modest, the 38-year-old Dixon isn’t always immediately recognized for the outstanding accomplishments he’s achieved behind the wheel, driving the last 16 years of his 18-year IndyCar career for team owner Chip Ganassi.

That’s why “Born Racer,” the new documentary about Dixon, his life, his team, his family and the sport is eagerly being anticipated. The powerful and inspirational biopic is to be released Oct. 2 in the U.S.

A press release for “Born Racer” aptly describes Dixon and his life story this way:

“A powerful and inspirational story of dedication, danger, fear, and the rare ‘will’ some of us have to defy all personal limitations. It’s about desire for success and accomplishment and the search for ultimate meaning, purpose in life; a narrative on the unforgiving world of professional racing and the unique individuals who inhabit it.”

The all-access film gives race fans – from the casual to the most avid – a rare behind-the-scenes view of Dixon not just in his four-wheeled, 220-plus mph rolling office, it also delves deep into why race car drivers like Dixon flirt with danger and risk their lives in order to win.

“Born Racer” also takes a very intimate and up-close look at Dixon and his two families: his life with wife Emma and their children Tilly and Poppy, as well as Scott’s other family, his co-workers and teammates at Chip Ganassi Racing.

With its compelling and breath-taking action footage of the world’s fastest and most diverse racing series, “Born Racer” (www.bornracermovie.com) is destined to be not only the authoritative story of what makes Dixon the true champion he is, but also the outstanding human being he is, as well.

“Born Racer” will be available on DVD and digital download.

Here’s the trailer for “Born Racer”:

 

Dean Wilson’s life as a privateer reconnects the rider to his roots

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One of the added benefits of subscribing to NBC Sports Gold is the in-depth interviews from each Saturday’s action. Last week between the first and second rounds of qualification for the Glendale Supercross race, a relaxed and confident Dean Wilson joined Race Day Live’s Daniel Blair and Jim Holley to review his fourth-place finish in the season opener and his mindset moving forward.

Losing factory support from Rockstar / Husqvarna at the end of 2018 was not exactly what Wilson had in mind, but after getting off to a great start in the first two races this season, it may well have been a blessing in disguise.

The life of a privateer is not exactly relaxed, but it affords a rider the opportunity to call his own shots. For Wilson, it is also a way to reconnect with the grassroots feel that attracted him to Supercross in the first place.

“I think that’s what I like,” Wilson said on Race Day Live. “I think that’s the environment and atmosphere I like – it’s just more low key. At Anaheim I, you would think I was local racing at Glen Helen. I had a Sprinter and I had another trailer just to chill in, do my spins. It was so cold I had a little propane heater to warm me up. But I like that. That’s what works for me.”

MORE: Dean Wilson’s Cinderella story at Anaheim 

The program Wilson was able to put together during the offseason produced back-to back top 10s – a much better start to the 2019 season than he experienced last year.

In 2018, Wilson did not score a top 10 until his fourth feature at San Diego. His first top five would not come until late March in Indianapolis.

This year Wilson got the hole shot and led 14 laps at Anaheim in the opener before finishing fourth. Last week in Glendale, he finished eighth.

“What was going through my head was ‘it’s about time; it’s about five years too late to lead some laps here,’ ” Wilson described his emotion as he led at Anaheim. “It was nice because I did a lot of work in the off-season and my starts were really good. The thing is I haven’t over-analyzed my starts and practice.”

At Anaheim I, Wilson struggled with visibility as his goggles began to get fouled by mud. A once comfortable lead was eroded by Justin Barcia. With pressure from behind, Wilson made a minor mistake that was then compounded by lapped traffic.

“I was leading my laps; I was just trying to hit my marks. I was doing really well until I made a couple of mistakes. I couldn’t hit that middle double, double … the rut was getting real chewed out, but I was already on the right side where you couldn’t double the middle part so you had to go roll, roll, roll – and Barcia was already on me.”

Wilson’s pair of top 10s was enough to keep him fifth in the standings, three points behind Glendale’s winner Blake Baggett.

For more, watch the video above.

Next Race: Anaheim II Jan. 19, 11 p.m., NBCSN

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