California, USA, August 24. Win at any cost: that's the approach former IRL champion Scott Dixon is taking into the final two races of the 2006 series.
New Zealander Dixon runs fourth on points heading into this weekend's penultimate race on the road course at Sears Point, California, and is still in the hunt for the title.
Following his second place finish at Kentucky, he's 33 points behind series leader Sam Hornish Junior - within striking distance.
Dixon is a road course specialist in a series that is largely based on speedway ovals, and one of his two 2006 victories came on the demanding road course at Watkins Glen, New York state.
"I think for us this is probably a good spot where we can close up on Sam, who's been struggling a little on these road courses," Dixon said yesterday.
"I think we have to go into these last two races, and basically try to win at any cost, I think, to close that gap. Thirty-three points for me is quite big (but Sunday) could be a good day for us to make a big gain on points.
"We've had a lot of luck on road courses with a second place finish in St.Pete (St Petersburg, Florida) and (victory at) Watkins Glen but it's always tough here, it's difficult to pass. Hopefully we'll qualify up front. Strategy-wise that will make it easier for us."