In Scott Dixon like fashion, the six time IndyCar Series champion has come alive late in the season. With a win at Toronto a few weeks back and a second win at Nashville on Sunday, the six time champion finds himself just six points back of the championship leader Will Power. Some counted Dixon out after losing the Indy 500 by 1 mph over the limit on the final pit stop, resulting in a 21st place finish, but I certainly did not.
In fact, if you follow @burnoutbets you might be sitting on a +750 or +500 ticket on The Iceman to win the championship. Dixon, 41, leads the series in Top 10s on the season and with double points at the Indy 500 Dixon has been in this position before. Only one driver has finished 20th or worse and gone on to win the championship in the same season. Ryan Hunter-Reay did so in 2012. I asked Dixon after the win on Sunday if he looks back to the 21st place finish at the Indy 500, a race he should have finished in the Top 3 and more than likely would have won.
“Anything is possible. You tend to think about the ones that got away, it’s weird like that. I lost 76 points to Marcus at Indy, so yeah, I look, it sucks, can’t do anything about it now.”
Dixon has been on a tear since the 105th Indianapolis 500. In fact, he has been on a tear all year outside of the 500. He hasn’t finished a race outside of the Top 10 this year besides the 500 and even with that 21st place finish at the 500 still has an average finish this year of 6.5. He leads the series in Top 10 finishes in 2022 and has now won on 13 of the 15 active tracks on the schedule. He’s yet to win at Iowa and Laguna Seca.
His 53rd win on Sunday breaks a tie with Mario Andretti for 2nd on the all time wins list. He told me in May he has no intentions of slowing down anytime soon. In the final 3 races each season of Dixon’s 6 championship seasons, his average finish is an impressive 4.2. In those 18 races, he’s finished inside the Top 10 in 17 of them. Look for Dixon to cap off an incredible year with the championship next month.
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