Pitstop: Dixon keen to win again

Scott Dixon. Photo / Getty Images
Scott Dixon. Photo / Getty Images

IndyCar driver Scott Dixon is in Houston, Texas, this weekend and is hoping to emulate his success in Toronto, Canada, where he won the two races over the weekend to move into championship contention. Dixon is second in the series, 49 points behind Helio Castroneves.

Napier heading home

Kiwi V8 Supercars' team manager Dylan Napier is leaving Tony D'Alberto Racing at the end of the Gold Coast 600 as he's decided to head back home. Napier was promoted to the top job last year after starting in the team's sub-assembly department two years before.

Sponsor for Formula First

The Formula First championship has had a shot in the arm for the 2013/14 season with the signing of Vortex Racewear as the naming sponsor. The series will be contested over eight rounds with events at Pukekohe, Hampton Downs, Taupo and Manfeild from Labour weekend through to Easter 2014.

Van der Drift at Monza

Professional racer New Zealander Chris van der Drift is in action again this weekend at Monza. He and the team will be hoping to make amends after their Spa-Francorchamps outing where a mechanical malfunction saw the Kiwi being part of a spectacular crash.

Dithering over deal

Finally, the FIA has agreed to a deal with the Formula One Group that was tabled back in July surrounding the sport's new Concorde Agreement, which will now come into force. The new agreement is set to run until 2020. However, nothing is as it seems and it appears "parties are continuing to move towards an agreement".

Under the hood

It now appears joining the V8 Supercars circus increases car sales. Volvo, who are due to enter the 2014 series with an S60 car, report an increase in orders for the model. Garry Rogers Motorsport has been tasked by the Swedish manufacturer to get the car ready for the V8SC fray, and the first of the two cars is ready to have its inner panels fitted. The second car's chassis is already on the jig getting welded together and the team, who celebrate 50 years in the sport, can't wait to get their teeth around a new car.

- NZ Herald

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