Scott Dixon is most definitely back. Oakley’s long-time IndyCar driver returned to former glory after claiming his third title at Fontana to wrap up a dazzling season. With past series crowns in 2003 and 2008 in the bag, a small drought screeched to a halt with a string of consistent results in 2013. “Once it’s all said and done and I’m done with racing and I can look back and say, Hey, I achieved this,’” Scott said following his fifth place finish at Auto Club Speedway to wrap up the year. “That will be the time for that. Right now, I love racing. I just want to race. … I’m not really a person that (dwells on accomplishments).” But, as always, getting through to the end of the heated 250-lap grind in one piece was no walk in the park.
Magic Streak: IndyCar’s Scott Dixon Now ‘Winningest’ Active Driver, Takes Three Straight with Toronto Victory
A week sure can do wonders. Just ask Scott Dixon, who went from seventh in the standings and his first victory in more than a year – to dominating his third straight race and catapulting into IndyCar Championship contention…all in a matter of eight days. Now trailing current standings leader, Helio Castroneves, by a mere 29 points, Oakley’s ‘Kiwi’ veteran not only smoked the field in Pocono and Toronto (doubleheader) – he now charged his way into the history books as the winningest active driver in the sport and the seventh all-time winningest driver overall. But despite some serious fanfare from a truly magical stretch of racing, Scott’s remaining focused. “We’re here for the points,” he said following his 32nd career triumph. “It’s been a hell of a swing over a seven-day period.”
It hasn’t exactly been a glorious year for the Chip Ganassi Racing team in IndyCar. But in a dramatic turn of events, that changed. Fast. Scott Dixon blasted his way to his first victory of the season on the 2.5-mile triangle, leading the way for Ganassi’s sweep of the day during the first open-wheel race on the course since 1989. Fellow Oakley and CGR driver, Dario Franchitti, snatched third.