Verizon IndyCar Series - Scott Dixon

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Driver Info
Scott Dixon
All-Time Career Statistics - Verizon IndyCar Series
  • Championship
    3
  • Indy 500 Wins
    1
  • Total Poles
    22
  • Race Wins
    33
9
Biography of Scott Dixon

Scott Dixon, the son of two dirt-track racers, climbed behind the wheel of a car for the first time when he was 13 and won the New Zealand Formula Vee championship after being granted a special license to compete.

He was the then-youngest winner of a major open-wheel event (Nazareth in 2002) and has won the 2003, 2008 and 2013 Verizon IndyCar Series championship with Target Chip Ganassi Racing. He won his first Verizon IndyCar Series race in the 2003 season opener, which catapulted him to the title. He set the pace early in 2008, winning from the pole in the season opener at Homestead, and also won the Indianapolis 500. In 2013, he earned the title in the season finale.

Dixon, who was born in Australia but is a New Zealand citizen, was honored as the 2008 New Zealand Sportsman of the Year. He is the longest tenured driver in team history and is the active leader in Indy car victories.
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES HIGHLIGHTS

First start:
March 2, 2003 (Homestead-Miami Speedway)
First victory: March 2, 2003 (Homestead-Miami Speedway)
First pole: April 13, 2003 (Twin Ring Motegi)

2013
• Finished first in IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
• Recorded four victories and 10 top-five finishes overall in 19 races.
• Earned pole for Toronto 2 and went on to complete sweep of doubleheader. Also earned pole at Baltimore.
• Led eight races for total of 239 laps.
• Was running at the finish in 17 races.

2012
• Finished third in the IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
• Recorded wins at Belle Isle and Mid-Ohio.
• Posted nine top-10 finishes overall.
• Earned pole at Belle Isle.
• Led all drivers in laps led with 456.

2011
• Finished third in IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
• Recorded victories from the pole at Mid-Ohio and Motegi. Is only driver to win on both oval and road course at Twin Ring Motegi.
• Won A.J. Foyt Oval Trophy for scoring most points in oval races.
• One of three drivers who was running at the finish in all 17 races.

2010

• Finished third in IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
• Recorded three victories (Kansas, Edmonton, Homestead) for 25 in his career.
• Had nine top-five and 15 top-10 finishes overall.
• Series-record consecutive top-10 starting streak (45) ended at Chicagoland.

2009

• Finished second in IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
• Recorded five victories and one pole start.
• Became IndyCar Series career race win leader (20) at Mid-Ohio. Added victory at Twin Ring Motegi.
• Was running at the finish in 16 of the 17 races.

2008
• Finished first in IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
• Won Indianapolis 500 among six victories. Tied series record at Kentucky with sixth victory.
• Moved into points lead after 500-Mile Race victory.
• Added 14 top-five finishes and six pole starts.
• Became series leader for laps led in a season with 889, and became fifth series driver to lead more than 2,000 laps. 

2007

• Finished second in IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing with victories at Watkins Glen, Nashville, Mid-Ohio and Infineon.
• Became third IndyCar Series driver to win three consecutive races with victories at Watkins Glen, Nashville and Mid-Ohio.
• Joined Dan Wheldon as only drivers to win three consecutive races at one track when he won at Watkins Glen.
• Recorded a series-best 13 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. Led a series-best 13 of 17 races.
• Finished first or second in 10 of the 17 races.

2006

• Won at Watkins Glen International for the second year in a row and at Nashville Superspeedway.
• Finished fourth in IndyCar Series standings for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, 15 points behind champion Sam Hornish Jr.
• Was only IndyCar Series driver to be running at the finish in all 14 events.
• Completed a series-high 2,504 of a possible 2,510 laps. Led nine races.

2005

• Finished 13th in IndyCar Series standings with one victory (Watkins Glen) and four other top-10 finishes.
• Started 13th and finished 24th at Indianapolis 500.

2004

• Finished 10th in IndyCar Series standings with best finish of second at Phoenix. Scored two top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes in 15 starts.
• Earned two Formula 1 tests with Williams-BMW.

2003

• Clinched the IndyCar Series championship for Target Chip Ganassi Racing with three victories (Homestead-Miami Speedway, his first IndyCar Series start, Pikes Peak and Richmond).
• Earned five pole positions (Japan, Richmond, Kansas, Nashville, Nazareth).
• Became the first driver in IndyCar Series history to lead consecutive laps over the course of three races.Led the final 84 laps en route to a victory at Pikes Peak and led all 206 laps of the rain-shortened event Richmond. Led the first 53 laps at Kansas for a total of 343 consecutive laps led.

ROAD TO THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

2002
• Finished 13th in CART standings, scoring three top-five finishes, including a second place at Denver.
• Began the season with PacWest Racing, moved to Target Chip Ganassi Racing before Milwaukee and finished season with team.
• Announced Oct. 23 he would compete in IndyCar Series for Target Chip Ganassi Racing in 2003.

2001

• Won CART Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year Award and finished eighth in CART point standings with victory at Nazareth.
• Youngest driver to win in any major open-wheel series with victory in 2001 at Nazareth at age 20 years, 9 months, 14 days.
• Scored six top-five finishes and completed a series-high 2,521 of a possible 2,610 laps.

2000

• Won Dayton Indy Lights championship, winning six of 12 races driving for PacWest Lights team.
• Led series-high 228 laps.

1999

• Competed in first season of North American competition with Johansson Motorsports in Dayton Indy Lights series, winning at Chicago, where he led every lap from the pole.
• Finished fifth in championship and finished second in the Rookie of the Year standings, one point behind Jonny Kane.

Early Career
• Competed in Formula Vee, Formula Ford and Formula Holden in New Zealand and Australia.Won Australian-based Formula Holden championship for Formula 3000, New Zealand Formula Ford Class I championship, New Zealand Formula Ford Class II championship and New Zealand Formula Vee championship (age 13).
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 2 0 0 1 1 22 2
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 19 4 2 10 12 239 17
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 2 1 8 9 456 12
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 2 2 12 13 190 17
2010 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 3 0 9 15 273 15
2009 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 5 2 12 14 815 16
2008 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 6 7 14 14 899 16
2007 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 4 2 13 16 291 15
2006 Verizon IndyCar Series 14 2 1 9 12 215 14
2005 Verizon IndyCar Series 17 1 0 1 5 25 10
2004 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 0 0 2 10 3 12
2003 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 3 5 9 11 748 11
2002 CART 19 0 0 3 12 0 12
2001 CART 20 1 0 6 10 74 15
Total 222 33 22 109 154 4250 184
Year Series Starts Wins Poles** Top 5 Top 10 Laps Led RAF
* Under INDYCAR sanction RAF = Running at Finish
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Target Chip Ganassi Racing

Chip Ganassi stormed onto the national racing scene at the 1982 Indianapolis 500, where he became the fastest rookie qualifier and finished 15th. Following a successful career as a driver, highlighted by an eighth-place finish in the 1983 Indianapolis 500, Ganassi set his sights on ownership in 1988.

Ganassi created his own Indy car team in 1990 and established a partnership with Target that endures to this day.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jimmy Vasser captured the CART championship in 1996. Alex Zanardi followed Vasser's lead and earned CART titles in 1997 and 1998. With rookie driver Juan Montoya's championship in 1999, Ganassi became the first owner to earn four consecutive CART championships.

Montoya won the 2000 Indianapolis 500 for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, which was making its first appearance at the Brickyard since 1995. In 2002, Bruno Junqueira earned the pole position for the Indianapolis 500 and led 32 laps before engine problems ended his day.

The team joined the IndyCar Series full time in 2002 with driver Jeff Ward. It's gone on to win the series championship in 2003 and 2008 with Scott Dixon and 2007, 2009 and 2010 with Dario Franchitti. Franchitti (2010) and Dixon (2008) also have added to the team's Indianapolis 500 victory total.