‘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”:

 

Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.