Make That Three: Scott Dixon Claims IndyCar Title at Fontana Finale
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.
A good amount of the field had their races come to abrupt halt following a series of crashes and car failures. And there was a certain Helio Castroneves who was set on overtaking the former two-time champ both in this particular race – as well as the points standings.
But a broken Castroneves wing after some contact with Charlie Kimball late in the contest saw Scott run put the cap on what had been a heated war on the track.
With that, his official comeback to the ranks of today’s elite was completed. Building on a July momentum builder with a win at the Pocono 400 and a sweep of the doubleheader street races in Houston, he stayed consistent to bring himself to this massive position.
That is, coming out on top after going head-to-head with Castoneves.
“I remember having a conversation with Helio in Iowa,” he continued. “He’d pissed me off, so I said, ’I’m not in the championship. Don’t do that again, because maybe I can hinder your championship.’ It’s funny that it came down to the two of us competing for the championship.”