INDIANAPOLIS – 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-16 in the Indy 500 with his lone win coming in 2008. He’s also 0-for-5 in the IndyCar Grand Prix totaling 1-for-21 in his IndyCar career at the famed track.
“We’ve kind of been all over the place with the (INDYCAR) Grand Prix,” said Dixon ahead of Saturday’s race. “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.”
After how his 2019 season has started, maybe this is the year he adds more accolades to his resume. Dixon, has three podiums in four tries this year and while has hasn’t won a race since last July in Toronto, he does have six top three finishes in his last eight starts overall. He also has 16 top 10 finishes in his last 18 tries with 15 of those being results in the top five. That’s why he’s always tough to beat because even if he doesn’t win, he’s around the top five.
It’s not like he hasn’t been close in this race before. The New Zealand native finished runner-up to Will Power in each of the last two years here. He has scored a top 10 result in the last four straight races on the 2.39-mile road course too. He’s also started in the top seven all but once as well.
That one time was last year in fact as he had a brilliant drive from an 18th starting spot to a second place finish. Now, can he start better and contend for the win?
Honda has won three of four events in 2019 and have taken 12 of the last 15 checkered flags first. In the points standings, they have four of the top five drivers currently and eight in the top 10.
Dixon’s No. 9 Honda may be the one to beat.