Oct 31, 2013
Could one fit an 18-pack (with ice) in the Astor Cup? How good are you at blindfolded darts? What's your favorite '80s group? You're from New Zealand. Where is Old Zealand?
IZOD IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon addressed those questions and many more with a laugh during a two-day media tour of New York that included TV show appearances and magazine/newspaper interviews.
Dixon, who earned his third series title Oct. 19 at Auto Club Speedway, said this one is probably the sweetest considering that he was seventh in the championship standings through 10 races. The 33-year-old won four of the final nine races and finished fifth in the season-ending 500-mile endurance race to edge Helio Castroneves by 27 points.
It was the eighth consecutive year that the final race decided the IZOD IndyCar Series title.
"This year was just really bizarre with the ups and downs, but it made it feel so sweet the fact that you never knew you had it until the last part. You're kind of holding on by your teeth and then after the last race to actually know you won it was pretty sweet," recounted Dixon, who is the active leader with 33 Indy car victories (one behind Al Unser Jr. for sixth) for an upcoming episode of "60 Minutes New Zealand."
On Oct. 30, he was a guest on "Crowd Goes Wild" hosted by Regis Philbin on FOX Sports 1. The Astor Cup -- the series' championship trophy -- also joined Dixon on the set of of CNNI "World Sport," ABC News1 and Sports News Television.
He conducted interviews with ESPN the Magazine and Men's Fitness magazine.
A day earlier, Dixon was a guest on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and before arriving at the Ed Sullivan Theater to greet Letterman -- co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing -- he was a guest DJ on '80s on 8 at Sirius/XM, was a guest on Bloomberg News and SI Live, and sat down for interviews with Men's Journal, Complex Magazine, Athlete's Quarterly and The New York Times.
Dixon is among the Autosport Award nominees in the International Racing Driver of the Year category. For those with an Autosport or Autosport.com subscription, cast your vote for Dixon HERE.
Check out the Men's Journal piece HERE. Watch the SI Live segment HERE.
And review Questions Out of Left Field on "The Crowd Goes Wild" HERE.
Below, watch the segment on "The Late Show with David Letterman."