Dixon hits Indy with race, series titles in crosshairs
With a little over half the season to go in a shortened 14-race 2020 IndyCar campaign, Scott Dixon finds himself in the catbird seat.
Through six races, the 40-year-old New Zealander has a stranglehold on the series’ standings, holding a 49-point advantage over second-place driver Simon Pagenaud.
And he’s been tough from the get-go, winning the season’s first three races at Texas, in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and in Race 1 at Road America. After that came his worst performance, a 12th-place finish in Race 2 of the Road America doubleheader, followed by second- and fifth-place finishes in the Iowa doubleheader.
So as he heads into IndyCar’s showcase event, the Indianapolis 500, which airs Sunday, Aug. 23, on NBC, all appears primed for another stellar performance and on course to bag his sixth IndyCar title.
Of course, a victory on the 2.5-mile quad-oval would only add to his seemingly insurmountable lead and be yet another laurel in a banner season and career. He’s won this race once before, in 2008, and of course he dominated on the road course here in July, when he took the lead in the middle of the race and maintained it all the way to the checkered flag.
He’ll be challenged in Sunday’s “Great American Race” by a field including past champs Pagenaud, Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Helio Castroneves, Takuma Sato, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan in his final Indy appearance as a series regular.
Full name: Scott Ronald Dixon
Birth date: July 22, 1980
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
Height/Weight: 5 feet 10 inches/150 pounds
Car: PNC Bank Honda
Owner: Chip Ganassi Racing
Honors and achievements: IndyCar Series champion (2003, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2018); CART Rookie of the Year (2001); Rolex 24 at Daytona winner (2006, 2015, 2018, 2020); Indianapolis 500 winner (2008)