New IndyCar champ Scott Dixon: ‘Let’s go for No. 6 next year’ (video)

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New 2018 IndyCar champion Scott Dixon appeared live on Tuesday’s edition of NASCAR America.

Dixon explained why this championship, the fifth of his IndyCar career, was even more special — particularly having his wife Emma and two daughters celebrate a championship with him together as a family for the first time — as well as his strategy at Sonoma, and how he’s processing his fifth IndyCar championship.

“One of my biggest drives is not wanting to let anyone down,” Dixon said. “When you look at my career, with all the openings we had and the perfect timings and the people that helped me get to where I am, you couldn’t have written a book any better. I love the sport of motor racing, but IndyCar with the diversity and all the different disciplines we have week in and week out, this one feels very special. I feel very honored.

“… Let’s go for No. 6 next year.”

Click on the video above to hear all that Dixon had to say.

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.