For all of his achievements, Scott Dixon has
never fallen into the trap of complacency.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing managing
director Mike Hull says that his dedication
to unlocking more speed was evident in
post-season testing at Road America,
where Dixon spent eight hours “tweaking a
car that most people thought was ready to
go.” Dixon himself laughs that day off as a
combination of enjoying the track and the
long job list handed to him by engineering
manager Julian Robinson. (“You could go
to a 10-day test and Julian would still have
crap to go through...”)
That said, Dixon has identified areas
where he is targeting improvement.
“Short tracks,” he says. “I was really
looking forward to going to Milwaukee in
2016 because I felt like this year we got the
car a bit better. And I’ve never won at Iowa.
So we need to work on that a little bit.
“And qualifying at some tracks, such as
Barber – I feel like we always have the
fastest race car there, but I don’t get
enough out of it in qualifying.”
that’s what impresses me, that hunger.
You can’t teach people that; they’ve got
to have it in their make-up.”
That hunger has earned Dixon a
guaranteed place among the sport’s all-time
greats, and while he’s aware of his stats, he
views such plaudits through a wide lens.
“Stats are something that you look at
when you retire, or when you move away
from that formula,” he says. “And, sure,
you hope you’re happy with what you
achieved. For me, I just want to win. And if
that helps the stats, fantastic.”
Dixon still has plenty of time to build
upon his numbers.
“If you look at Helio [Castroneves], and
Juan [Pablo Montoya], and TK [Tony
Kanaan], these guys have been going
even longer than myself,” he says.
“Helio’s like a bloody jack-in-the-box
that keeps going off the whole time. He’s
got a lot of energy and it’s inspiring to see.
I’m competitive, and I want to race, and
when I race I don’t want to just turn up
and fill the field. I want to be able to win.”
That he’s still searching for more at the
age of 35 is one of the other secrets to his
career: Franchitti describes Dixon’s
sustained competitive fire as his most
impressive quality as a driver.
“For me, that motivation was never a
constant thing,” says the Scot. “But Dixon
has kept that up for what, 15 years? And
There aren’t too many weak
points in Scott Dixon’s arsenal,
but the four-time IndyCar Series
champ believes short ovals are
one area where there’s still
scope for improvement.
Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti
exemplified the open-book approach as
teammates, and Franchitti continues to
have a valuable presence on the pitwall.
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