ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest tickets, info
Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan reached milestones with their 300th Indy car starts in May. Now it’s Scott Dixon’s turn July 12 in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers.
The driver of the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet will mark his 250th Indy car start, which over his 15 seasons is 14th on the all-time list.
“When you see starts you definitely understand how long you’ve been around and kind of start to feel old, but the longevity is really cool as well,” said Dixon, who won at Milwaukee in 2009. “Motor racing is tough week to week opposed to foreseeing 10 years down the road and how it’s going to go. You hope for the best. Because of your passion and love for the sport, you want to be around a long time. I feel very lucky and privileged to be an Indy car driver.
“Those milestones are a lot of fun. For me, the goal now is to get to 300. Hopefully, it brings good luck at Milwaukee.”
Dixon, who turns 35 on July 22 and is the longest-tenured driver for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, is fifth on the Indy car career victory list with 37 over a span of 14 years, 1 month. Al Unser’s 39 wins is next on the achievement list.
Unser’s first victory came at Pikes Peak on July 4, 1965, and his 37th at Cleveland on July 3, 1983. His 39th victory also was his fourth in the Indianapolis 500 on May 24, 1987. A.J. Foyt has the most victories with 67.
“As long as you work hard and work on the idea of winning championships, victory is going to come,” said Dixon, who has attained multiple wins for 10 consecutive seasons. “We’ve been fairly decent this year and hopefully we can build on it and have a crack at the end for another championship.”
Scott Dixon Milestones
First start – March 11, 2001 at Monterrey, Mexico, road course (started 14th and finished 13th in No. 18 Powerwear Panasonic Reynard/Toyota for PacWest Racing)
First pole – March 12, 2003 at Twin Ring Motegi (finished 15th after crash in No. 9 Target G-Force/Toyota for Target Chip Ganassi Racing)
First win – May 6, 2001 at Nazareth Speedway (started 23rd) … Led 36 of 225 laps on .946-mile oval
10th win – July 22, 2007 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (started sixth) … Led 29 of 85 laps on 2.258-mile road course
15th win – July 12, 2008 at Nashville Superspeedway (started fifth) … Led 53 of 171 laps on 1.333-mile oval
20th win – June 27, 2009 at Richmond International Raceway (started second) … Led 161 of 300 laps on .750-mile oval
25th win – Oct. 2, 2010 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (started second) … Led 47 of 200 laps on 1.5-mile oval in season finale
30th win – July 7, 2013 at Pocono Raceway (started 17th) … Lead 38 of 200 laps on 2.5-mile oval
35th win – Aug. 24, 2014 at Sonoma Raceway (started third) … Led three of 85 laps on 2.385-mile road course
36th win – April 19, 2015 at Long Beach (started third) … Led 44 of 80 laps) on 1.986-mile street course
37th win – June 6, 2015 at Texas Motor Speedway (started seventh) … Led 97 of 248 laps on 1.455-mile oval
* 18 victories on ovals, 19 on street/road courses
* Tied with Rick Mears and Gordon Johncock with 13 seasons with at least one win
* Tied with Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Unser and Helio Castroneves for all-time lead with 11 consecutive seasons with at least one win
* Has 10-year streak of multiple victories, the longest in the modern era
* Is sixth on all-time Indy car list with 124 top-five finishes
* Has made 186 consecutive Indy car starts
* 2001 Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year
* Three-time (2003, 2008, 2013) Verizon IndyCar Series champion
* 2008 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner