When it’s all said and done, we’re going to look back on Scott Dixon’s NTT IndyCar Series career and wish we respected him more. It’s not like people don’t like him, it’s just that the Chip Ganassi Racing driver continually doesn’t get the credit that he deserves.
He ranks in the top three of almost every major statistical category in the record books. From championships, to wins, to runner-up finishes, to podiums to top fives, Dixon is up there with AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti as the best ever.
The only thing that’s really missing on his storied resume is more success at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
He’s 1-for-17 in the Indy 500 with his lone win coming in 2008. He’s also 0-for-6 in the GMR Grand Prix totaling 1-for-22 in his IndyCar career at the famed track.
“We’ve kind of been all over the place with the (INDYCAR) Grand Prix,” said Dixon last year. “It’s a challenging event, for sure. The first three or four races there, we qualified OK, not great, but respectable. But then had pretty lousy finishes. The last couple of races, we had really bad qualifying efforts but finished really strong on the podium both times. So hopefully this weekend we can find the right balance between qualifying and the race and put it all together for a win in the PNC Bank car.”
It’s not like he hasn’t been close in this race before. The New Zealand native had this race won last year but Simon Pagenauds car gained speed in the wet conditions. He finished runner-up for the third straight year here. He has scored a top 10 result in the last five straight races on the 2.39-mile road course too. He’s also started in the top seven all but once as well.
Dixon dominated the season opener at Texas and has the potential to do so again on Saturday.
Dixon’s No. 9 Honda may be the one to beat.