Championship Puts Dixon On Indy Cars’ Top Shelf
Winning a fourth championship on Sunday has secured Scott Dixon a chair at American open-wheel racing’s head table. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Enigmatic team-owner Chip Ganassi once famously observed that he would hire a Martian to drive one of his race cars if he thought said alien could “push the button.”
Martians licensed to drive an open-wheel race car were in short supply four events into the 2002 Championship Auto Racing Teams season, when native New Zealander Scott Dixon moved from PacWest Racing to Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Dixon started fourth and finished sixth in his Ganassi debut at famed The Milwaukee Mile. Thirty-eight wins and four championships later, Ganassi acknowledged that Dixon has fashioned a career that is other-worldly.
“Yeah, Scott is obviously…I think he’s arguably the driver of our generation. The IndyCar driver of our generation for sure,” Ganassi said Sunday at Sonoma Raceway after Dixon had secured the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship in a tiebreaker over Juan Pablo Montoya. “I think his (Dixie’s) stats speak for themselves. His numbers against the other all-time winners and what have you, he’s up on the list there. Read the full story »