Title trio prepared for IndyCar decider
|By Steven English||Thursday, October 8th 2009, 12:53 GMT|
This season's three IndyCar title protagonists head into this weekend's finale at Homestead-Miami claiming it will be business as usual, despite just eight points covering the trio.
Ryan Briscoe went into the last race at Motegi with a 25-point advantage but crashed exiting the pitlane and finished 18th, while Scott Dixon won and Dario Franchitti finished second.
Dixon goes to Homestead five points ahead of Franchitti, with Briscoe a further three behind, meaning that if one of them wins the race, they will likely take the title too.
"You treat it as a normal race weekend," said reigning champion Dixon. "If you try to change your strategy or the way you approach the race, it might affect how quick you go, the outcome of the race and, ultimately, the outcome of the championship.
"You try to keep it simple, not put too much pressure on yourself and let it all play out. It's pretty much whoever beats who is going to walk away with the championship."
Dixon's Chip Ganassi team-mate Dario Franchitti echoed the sentiment and believes all three drivers are going into the race confident that they can win it.
"We just go out there, do our best and see what we can do," said Franchitti, who is chasing his second IRL title. "All three of us are fairly confident; we've had good seasons and it's just whoever does the best on Saturday night. It's what we race for."
Briscoe is now eight points adrift, but should he win on Saturday Dixon would need the bonus points for pole and laps led to prevent the Team Penske driver from clinching his maiden IndyCar title.
Despite going up against two Ganassi team-mates, the Australian says he is not concerned about Dixon and Franchitti ganging up on him.
"I'm sure Scott and Dario will still be working together to try to get the best performance out of their car - the same way I'll be working with Helio [Castroneves]," he said.
"I think we're all in the same boat, feeling the same pressure."
Read AUTOSPORT.com's preview of the Homestead title decider here