Scott Ronald Dixon, MNZM ( born July 22, 1980 in Brisbane, Australia) is a New Zealand racing driver. Since 2003, he drives for Chip Ganassi Racing in the IndyCar Series and won the championship three times ( 2003, 2008, 2013). In 2008 he won the Indianapolis 500 for themselves. In 2000 he was master of the Indy Lights.
- 3.1 Career stations
- 3.2 Individual results in the IndyCar Series
Beginnings in motorsport
At seven, he began his motorsport career in karting, where he was active until 1993. At the age of 13 years, Dixon moved in 1994 into formula racing and became the youngest driver in New Zealand who has ever started a Formula race. He competed in the New Zealand Formula Vee and immediately became master of this series. In that year he became the youngest driver ever to win a Formula race. He also appeared in the B-Class of the New Zealand Formula Ford and secured the runner-up title in this class. The next two years remained Dixon in the New Zealand Formula Ford and won the 1995 first the champion of the B-Class and a year later the regular championship.
In 1997, Dixon for two years in the Australian Drivers' Championship. After he had finished in third place overall in his first season, he secured in his second season the league title this series. In 1999 Dixon to North America in the Indy Lights and walked to for Johansson Motorsports, the team of former Formula 1 racing driver Stefan Johansson. Johansson took over at the same time the position of manager of Scott Dixon, as he does to this day. Dixon won a race in his first season and finished fifth overall. In addition, he competed in a race in the ALMS. 2000, he remained in the Indy Lights and switched to PacWest Racing. Dixon chose six out of twelve races for themselves and won the championship with nine points ahead of Townsend Bell.
In 2001, Dixon in the CART series in which he took up again for PacWest Racing, and was team-mate of former Formula 1 driver Maurício Gugelmins. Dixon was faster than his teammate right away and already won his third race in the series, which took place in Nazareth. In the rest of the season, he scored another podium placing, finishing at the end of the season, well ahead of his teammate, the eighth overall. In 2002, Dixon Target Chip Ganassi Racing and was the third driver Bruno Junqueira and next to Kenny Bräck. He failed to keep up with his more experienced teammates, and he finished the season 13th overall. His best result was a second place.
In 2003, Dixon and his team that Penske and Andretti Green Racing joined in the IndyCar Series. His new team-mate Tomas Scheckter was the South Africans. Dixon won two more races in addition to the season opener and became the first champion of the IndyCar Series. His biggest competitor for the title was Penske driver Gil de Ferran. In 2004, Dixon with Darren Manning again a new teammates. Dixon held this season not with the head of the field and finished with the end of the season with only one podium placing tenth overall, with which he was Manning, who finished eleventh, left behind. He also completed a Formula 1 test for the British team Williams. 2005 Chip Ganassi Racing came with three cars and Ryan Briscoe was another teammate of Dixon. The season did not go well for the entire team, as the three pilots destroyed 28 race cars in accidents during the season. Briscoe was injured in a serious of these accidents; Manning was discharged after ten races and replaced by Jaques Lazier and Giorgio Pantano who shared a cockpit. Dixon solidified in the season, his position as a team-internal number one and won the second last race in Watkins Glen his first victory since winning the title. In the overall standings, it was enough but only for the 13th Place.
For the 2006 season, Dixon made his first with Honda engines that have been used this season by all teams,. In previous years, the team used engines from Toyota. Dan Wheldon, who won the league title in the preseason, was new teammate of Dixon. This season, the team was able to ride back to the top, and Dixon won, as his teammate, two races. At the end of the season, he finished with tight behind Wheldon and Master Sam Hornish Jr. fourth overall. 2007 Dixon drove again at the top of the field with and decided four races, including three in a row for themselves. At the end of the season he lost 624 to 637 points, just the title against Dario Franchitti and was runner-up.
2008 Dixon denied his sixth season in the IndyCar Series for Target Chip Ganassi Racing and started with a victory at the season- opening race of the season well. His second win of the season was followed by the highlight of the season, the Indianapolis 500, which he won in his career for the first time. He first achieved the pole position and drove in the race, most laps led. With four more victories and six other podium finishes, he secured at the end of the season for the second time in his career, the champion of the IndyCar Series. 2009 was Dixon Franchitti with a new teammate at Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Both drivers won five races and dueled with Penske pilot Briscoe for the title. At the last race, Dixon was beaten and was behind Franchitti runner-up.
2010 Dixon went again on the side of Franchitti in the IndyCar Series. After he was able to present a second place as best result in the first race on the round course, he won the first oval race of the season in Kansas. In Edmonton, his first win of the season followed in the eleventh race on a racetrack. He benefited from a penalty against Hélio Castroneves, who had crossed the finish line first. While his team-mate at the season finale in Homestead won the championship, Dixon decided his third race of the season for themselves. In the overall classification, he finished in third place. 2011 Dixon denied his ninth IndyCar season for Ganassi. In the first four races, which took place on road and street circuits, Dixon came up with a second place only once among the top ten drivers to the finish. The first oval race, the Indianapolis 500, he started from second place and was the most laps in the lead. To win it was not enough and he came in sixth place. At the next event in Fort Worth, he finished second in both races. After two more podium finishes he drove in Lexington for his first win of the season. He scored the pole position, fastest lap and the most laps led in the race. In Motegi, he chose another race for themselves. The season he finished in third place in the championship, while Franchitti again won the title. Although Dixon had won no oval racing, he decided the AJ Foyt Trophy - for the best pilots on oval courses for themselves.
2012 Dixon completed his tenth IndyCar season for Ganassi. In the first two races in St. Petersburg and Birmingham though he scored the most laps led, but it was enough for victory in both cases not and he finished second. At the Indianapolis 500, he completed some laps led again. The victory, however, he again failed. Behind his teammates Franchitti, he finished second. A race later in Detroit, he finally scored from the pole position starting with a start to finish win his first win of the season. At the following race, the Firestone 550, Dixon was the most laps in the lead. However, he lost in the second half of the race in control of his vehicle and crashed into the barriers. After he had become eleventh in West Allis after a drive-through penalty, which had been incorrectly imposed, he reached in Newton fourth goal. After a failure and a tenth place Dixon the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio decided in his favor. Thus, he has won Indy for the fourth time in the last six years. With a third place in the final race in Fontana Dixon finished the season in third place in the driver standings. Team Intern he sat down for the first time against Franchitti by and for the first time again best Ganassi driver since 2008.
2013 remained at Dixon Ganassi in IndyCar Series. After a fifth place in the season opener in St. Petersburg, Dixon was second in Birmingham. It was the fourth time in a row that he came in second place at this event to the finish. After Dixon had come over the next eight races only three times in the top 10, he won the race at Pocono and the two races in Toronto three races within seven days. He improved in the drivers' standings from seventh to second place. After a seventh place in Lexington, Dixon was involved with the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma in a pit lane incident. He collided with a mechanic pit crew of Will Power. The mechanic was uninjured. The race director gave Dixon the blame for the collision and finished him with a drive-through penalty. This was Dixon, who was 27 laps in the lead up to that point, returned at the end of the field. He came in 15th place finish. After he was turned over in the training of the next event in Baltimore of Power and the wall had touched, the two drivers came together again in the race. When a restart Dixon attempted an overtaking maneuver. He was overlooked by Power and the two collided. Dixons damaged vehicle was not brought back to the pits. Dixon was extremely angry on several decisions of the stewards after the race and said that IndyCar race director Beaux Barfield have acted like an idiot and called for his release. Dixon was then occupied due to his statements with a fine in the amount of $ 30,000 and also set up at the end of probation. With a gap of 49 points on the leader Castroneves Dixon went into the penultimate race weekend, the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, which consisted of two races. Dixon won the first race and finished second in the second. Since Castroneves crossed the finish line with a large residue in both races, Dixon took over the championship lead with 25 points. At the season finale in Fontana he took fifth place and to decide the IndyCar Series for the third time in his career for themselves. He had finally a lead of 27 points over second-placed Castroneves. Dixon was with four wins also the driver who had won in the 2013 season, most races.
Dixon has until the end of the 2015 season at Ganassi under contract.
From 2005 to 2013 Dixon launched the 24-hour race at Daytona in the Rolex Sports Car Series for Chip Ganassi Racing in the DP class, respectively. In 2006, he won the race with his teammate Casey Mears and Dan Wheldon. In 2011 he came second with Dario Franchitti, Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya.
Dixon, whose parents are from New Zealand, was born in Brisbane, Australia. When Dixon was still very young, the family returned to New Zealand and grew up in Auckland.
Since 2008, he is married to Emma Davies. The two have a daughter.
- 2003: IndyCar Series (Master)
- 2004: IndyCar Series (No. 10)
- 2005: IndyCar Series (No. 13)
- 2005: Rolex Sports Car Series, DP ( No. 66 )
- 2006: IndyCar Series (4th place )
- 2006: Rolex Sports Car Series, DP ( No. 58 )
- 2007: IndyCar Series (2nd place)
- 2007: Rolex Sports Car Series, DP ( number 75 )
- 2008: IndyCar Series (Master)
- 2008: AMLS, LMP2 ( 17th)
- 2008: Rolex Sports Car Series, DP (place 60 )
- 2009: IndyCar Series (2nd place)
- 2009: ALMS, LMP1 ( 18th place)
- 2009: Rolex Sports Car Series, DP ( place 40)
- 2010: IndyCar Series ( 3rd place)
- 2010: Rolex Sports Car Series, DP ( place 65)
- 2011: IndyCar Series ( 3rd place)
- 2011: Rolex Sports Car Series, DP ( place 24)
- 2012: IndyCar Series ( 3rd place)
- 2012: Rolex Sports Car Series, DP ( No. 21 )
- 2013: IndyCar Series (Master)
- 2014: IndyCar Series
Individual results in the IndyCar Series