Dixon eyes 5th IndyCar championship in season finale

JENNA FRYER (AP Auto Racing Writer)
The Associated Press
FILE - In this, April 7, 2018, file photo, driver Scott Dixon smiles before the IndyCar auto race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. Dixon has blazed his way through the record books to cement himself as the greatest IndyCar driver of his generation. One more championship will give him five, second in the open wheel record books only to A.J. Foyt. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Scott Dixon adds 5th IndyCar championship to resume

FILE - In this, April 7, 2018, file photo, driver Scott Dixon smiles before the IndyCar auto race at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. Dixon has blazed his way through the record books to cement himself as the greatest IndyCar driver of his generation. One more championship will give him five, second in the open wheel record books only to A.J. Foyt. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- Scott Dixon goes for a fifth IndyCar championship Sunday in the season finale at Sonoma Raceway.

The New Zealander holds a 29-point lead over Alexander Rossi in the standings, but the finale is worth double points. A bad day for Dixon would give Rossi a shot at his first championship.

Dixon starts second behind pole-winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, who is a teammate of Rossi's at Andretti Autosport. Rossi starts sixth.

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The race airs on NBC Sports Network immediately following the NASCAR's playoff opener from Las Vegas. The network has acquired the rights to the entire IndyCar season next year and hopes to stack races with NASCAR events to lure in viewers new to the open wheel series.

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