Hi, my name is…….. or, Why Scott Dixon should win the 2015 Championship
No, that is not his age, though he is getting close. 37 is the number of American open wheel wins that Scott Dixon has on his storied resume. That’s good for fifth on the all time win list. This list above him is full of historical names, such as AJ Foyt, Mario Andretti, Michael Andretti, and Al Unser Sr.
Along with these wins, he has held the series championship title three times (2003, 2008, and 2013), as well as his face featured on the Borg Warner trophy from his Indianapolis 500 win in 2008.
No, that’s not his new sponsor. This is what we are starting to hear, late in the season, from the media who are covering the Verizon IndyCar Series. Those of us who know IndyCar and it’s history remember the 2013 season. Scott finished 2nd at Barber, and no higher then 4th after that, until Pocono. He went on to win both Toronto races, and completed the Houston circuit in 1st place on Saturday, and 2nd place on Sunday. A fifth place finish at Fontana, and he had secured his third series championship.
What does it mean?
Dixon has always been considered one of the best in pushing his car as far as he can on a single fuel run, and has been perpetually running 2-3 laps longer then the other Chevy’s in the field. In 2013 he had 5 finishes outside of the top ten before his late season surge, and this season, he only has three.
With 7 race weekends left in the 2015 season, and Scott sitting only 43 points behind the leader JPM, he is poised to leapfrog into a striking position at Toronto, and move ever closer to the championship lead. Only two possible hurdles exist. One, JPM, who is racing with a renewed vigor this season, and two, himself.
That said, everyone around the series knows that if anyone in this series is going to make a stupid mistake, 9.9 times out of 10 it will NOT be Dixon. The “Iceman” keeps a cool head under pressure, and has earned the respect of the drivers around him on the track.
With only JPM to beat, look for Team Chevy, and Scott Dixon, to provide an exciting run to the championship this season over the next 7 race events.
My money is on Scott, and the #9 Target Chip Ganassi racing entry, walking away with the title. (perhaps he should run that Energizer livery for the rest of the season. “I think I have won 6 or 7 times in that livery,” Dixon says) And at the end of the 2015 season, Scott will be able to introduce himself with “Hi, my name is Scott Dixon, FOUR time IndyCar series champion.”