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Dakota Dickerson Posts Season-Best Finish in Toronto

A career-best fourth-place finish at the Honda Indy Toronto Sunday was yet another example of Dakota Dickerson’s constant improvement behind the wheel of a USF2000 car.

Despite having never traveled to Canada previously, Dickerson entered the weekend confident he’d be at the front of the field.

“I’ve watched quite a few videos, including some on boards as well,” he told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL on Thursday. “It should be fun. The racing should be good, and turn three seems like the best passing zone. It should be really good.”

It marked the third straight top-10 finish for Dickerson following a 10th at Road America, and seventh place finish on Saturday; he currently has four top-10 finishes on the season.

“It’s been going all right,” Dickerson said of his season. “Obviously, we’d like to be doing better than where we are as wins are the goal, but we’re a rookie in the series and second in the rookie championship, so it’s going good. Always looking to get better, though.”

Racing at the first step of the Mazda Road to Indy program, Dickerson is one of many fans have their eye on in seeing whether he can make it up the ladder eventually to the Verizon IndyCar Series one day.

“Mazda Road to Indy program puts on such a great program, and I think that’s why we see such great competition – everybody wants to get into IndyCar,” he said. “In our class alone, there are eight countries represented, so it’s a great program, and really enjoying it so far. I can’t wait to hopefully be back next year.”

Dickerson got the opportunity to partake in USF2000 after winning the Team USA Scholarship. Previous scholarship winners include IndyCar regulars Josef Newgarden and Conor Daly.

“They’re big shoes to fill, but to know it can be done epically coming from a background similar to mine is extremely exciting for me as it shows it can be done,” he said.

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