Six-time INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon was one of eight inductees named to the 2024 class of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, announced April 14 at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Dixon and the other inductees will be honored at the 36th annual induction celebration in March 2024 in Daytona Beach, Florida, where the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is located. He earned enshrinement in the Open Wheel category in his first year of eligibility.
Dixon is racing his No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda this Sunday on the streets of Long Beach (3 p.m. ET, NBC, Peacock, INDYCAR Radio Network).
“I'm extremely honored to be thought of in this way and mentioned among many of the greats across so many forms of motorsports," Dixon said. "The first thing that comes to mind is how I was able to get here. A single person can never do it alone. I'm grateful to Chip (Ganassi), the team and everyone who has helped make this possible over the last 20 years, and then going back to the start of it all with my parents and the group that helped me along.
“But it comes down to racing for me and the pure love that I have for this sport across every different category. First and foremost, I am a racing fan, and that's where the desire comes from. I'm extremely lucky to be able to do what I do, and I am grateful for everybody that has helped give me the possibility, and this is in their honor."
Dixon, 42, from New Zealand, has set an incredible array of milestones during his 23-year INDYCAR SERIES career, which started in 2001 with PacWest. He joined Chip Ganassi Racing in 2002, where he has driven since and has become the most successful driver in the team’s illustrious history.
"There is not a more deserving driver that's currently in the series for the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, and I know there's even more work still to be done," team owner Chip Ganassi said.
2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Dixon is No. 2 all time in INDYCAR SERIES victories with 53, second only to fellow Hall of Famer A.J. Foyt’s 67, and second in championships with six, second only to Foyt’s seven. Dixon also has won the Indianapolis 500 pole five times, second only to fellow inductee Rick Mears’ six.
Dixon has won at least one race in 20 seasons and has 18 consecutive seasons with at least one win, both series records. Dixon also has produced a series record 194 top-five finishes in his 370 career starts, a strike rate of 52.3 percent. He has 132 podium finishes, second all time only to Mario Andretti’s 144.
Besides his INDYCAR SERIES accolades, Dixon is a three-time overall winner of the Rolex 24 At Daytona endurance sports car classic.
Joining Dixon in the Class of 2024 are legendary drag racing crew chief Austin Coil, HANS Device developers Jim Downing and Dr. Robert Hubbard, desert racing legend Bud Ekins, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and former NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver Jimmie Johnson, former INDYCAR SERIES team owner and sports car racer Paul Newman and Formula One and motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion and Can-Am champion John Surtees.
Each of the MSHFA’s inductees is elected by a straight vote of 200 motorsports experts — half of them inductees. Regular voters include Andretti (MSHFA Class of 1990), Don Garlits (MSHFA Class of 1989), Ganassi (MSHFA Class of 2016), Tom D’Eath (MSHFA Class of 2000), Scott Parker (MSHFA Class of 2009), Richard Petty (MSHFA Class of 1989), Don Prudhomme (MSHFA Class of 1991), Rusty Wallace (MSHFA Class of 2014) and other titans of the sport.