SEP 18 2018 All Articles

Dixon a kiwi motorsport hero

Scott Dixon’s fifth IndyCar Series championship adds another layer to his hero status in New Zealand motorsport.
The race driver originally from Manurewa ran a steady, mistake-free race to finish second in the IndyCar season finale, the Grand Prix of Sonoma, to race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. The result was more than enough to give the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda driver his fifth series championship in an 18-year career.
Dixon moves to second on the all-time championship winners’ list behind seven-time USAC winner AJ Foyt. The 38-year-old’s fifth championship creates a new record for title wins in the IndyCar Series era (1996–present) and he is also third on the all-time win list with 44 career victories to trail only AJ Foyt (67) and Mario Andretti (52).
“Motorsport participants and fans all over New Zealand are proud to call Scott Dixon our own,” says MotorSport New Zealand CEO Brian Budd. “We congratulate Scott on his history-making fifth IndyCar Series title – it’s an extraordinary achievement and well-deserved for one of the hardest-working and most talented drivers to come out of New Zealand.”