2013 INDYCAR SERIES
WORDS David Malsher
PORTRAITS Michael Levitt/LAT
Since winning his second IndyCar Series
title in 2008, Scott Dixon has often found
himself the victim of outrageous misfortune.
The problems – ranging from being struck
by flying cars, to the more regular ones like
mechanical issues or caution flag/strategy
miscues – would usually occur in the first
half of a season, forcing the Kiwi and his
No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing team to
stage a major comeback in the second half…
from which they’d come up just a little short.
There were two notable deviations from
the script this year. One, the early struggle
for good points finishes wasn’t because of
bad luck as much as poor car performance.
Two, this time the renaissance – highlighted
by four wins – culminated in title glory.
And yet you could argue that it was Dixon’s
work in the early stages, when CGR was off
the pace, that ultimately earned him the
famous Astor Cup. He scored just one
podium finish in the first 10 races, but nearly
always made the most of what he had.
He’s an utterly deserving champion.