Scott Dixon

Today’s question: Which of A.J. Foyt’s records is Scott Dixon more likely to reach, seven season titles or 67 wins?

Curt Cavin: It seems the seventh series championship is more attainable, and here’s why: Dixon heads to this weekend’s XPEL Grand Prix at Road America presented by AMR with an 18-point lead over Alex Palou. Obviously, it should be quite a title battle between the Chip Ganassi Racing drivers over the remaining 10 races. But here’s the thing: Team Penske’s Will Power is the only other driver currently within 55 points of the series lead. Two other drivers considered in the preseason to be championship contenders – Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin and Josef Newgarden – are 75 and 88 points behind Dixon, respectively, and they are eighth and 10th in the standings. What does this mean? Give the ultra-consistent Dixon at least a one-in-three chance of taking this championship, which would be his seventh. Dixon certainly is in a good position to win nine more races in his career, but it takes a lot to win one. Like I heard NBC's Kevin Lee say the other day, it’s not like a baseball player chasing the hit record because four at-bats a game will come just by the manager writing a name on the scorecard. In this series, everything must break right to win. Remember, 14 of the top 16 in points right now have won at least one race in their career, and eight have won in just the past season and a half.

Eric Smith: I’ll take Dixon reaching A.J. Foyt and his record for most championships with seven. Dixon needs one of those, two to surpass, compared to nine more wins needed to reach the 67 wins Foyt accumulated. As wild as this sounds, for a driver who has won five of the last 10 races dating back to last season, finding victory lane at least nine more times could be challenging. Prior to that dominant stretch, Dixon won three times in 52 starts. As long as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES maintains 17 points-paying races, Dixon will fall short of Foyt’s victory record if he reverts to that form. With drivers like Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Palou, two-time defending Indianapolis 500 winner Josef Newgarden, Team Penske driver Scott McLaughlin, Arrow McLaren driver Pato O’Ward, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Christian Lundgaard and Andretti Global teammates Colton Herta, Kyle Kirkwood and Marcus Ericsson all in their prime, how many years will it take Dixon, 43, to reach nine more wins? That’s why my pick is the championship feat. Dixon is the points leader and has 18 top-four points finishes in the last 19 NTT INDYCAR SERIES seasons. With 21 top-seven finishes in the last 23 races, Dixon gets a championship this season or next. Once he does, will he walk away while on top?

Paul Kelly: Semantics matter. If the question was which of the marks will Dixon exceed first, I would say wins. Dixon has won at least one race every season for 20 straight seasons. He has won 17 races since the 2017 season, an average of almost three per year. At that rate, he will match Foyt in the 2027 season. Is it possible Dixon drives full time until he’s 47? I wouldn’t rule it out since we’ve seen virtually no slippage in his skill or results. Meanwhile, I’m not sure if he has two championships left in his legendary career to break Foyt's record. But the question is which mark will he reach, and that’s a much easier proposition because Dixon will match Foyt’s seemingly invincible record of seven championships either this season or next. Dixon last won a championship in 2020, going the last three seasons without hoisting the Astor Challenge Cup. He never has gone more than four straight seasons in his INDYCAR SERIES career without winning a title. Judging by his form at Long Beach and Detroit, winning by “just doing Scott Dixon things” as his rivals say, does anyone think Dixon is too old to win a championship this season or next?