a fight all the way
A top-thREE titAn
SEASon poSn. WinS
2007 2nd 4
2009 2nd 5
2010 3Rd 3
2011 3Rd 2
2012 3Rd 2
if there was a quicker way
around the streets of toronto
than Scott dixon’s, none of his
rivals found it. he looked the
likely winner of both races from
the very start of practice.
Over the five years since Scott Dixon’s
previous IndyCar Series championship,
lightweight observers and those who are
slaves to statistics would scan his results
and conclude the reason he could never
quite seal the deal again was inconsistency.
But of course, bald figures fail to explain
why his fortunes were so all-or-nothing.
The truth is that Dixon’s season-long
campaigns, while far from perfect, were
a match for those of his rivals: the limiting
factors were largely outside his control,
and overcoming them to finish top three
in points for the past seven years is in
fact testament to his huge talent.
And now Scott has confounded the
critics by clinching his third IndyCar title
– ironically after his most inconsistent
season in years, when the second half
of his campaign bore no resemblance to
the first. As ever, though, he was rarely
the source of his problems and, as ever,
was devastating when he had the chance.
Baseball commentator Vin Scully once
said, “Statistics are used much like a
drunk uses a lamppost; for support, not
illumination,” which is perfectly true.
But four victories this season put Dixon
on 33 total – seventh in IndyCar’s
all-time winners list and in the draft of
this sport’s iconic names. Now there’s a
stat that is not misleading and needs
no context. He truly is that good.
2013 INDYCAR SERIES ChAMpion