IndyCar Season Preview: Scott Dixon

Photo credit: Ned Leone

#9 Target Dallara-Honda, Chip Ganassi RacingBorn: July 22, 1980

Home: Auckland, New Zealand

2011 HIGHLIGHTS: For the fifth consecutive year, Dixon finished in the top three in points, placing third with two road course victories from the pole at Mid-Ohio and Motegi. He also led 73 laps at Indianapolis on the way to a fifth place finish.

2011 LOWLIGHTS: A 16th place finish at St. Petersburg did not make for a good start to Dixon’s season, and he never really got back on track until Indy. He also didn’t win until the 12th round of the season, making it difficult for him to challenge for the championship.

SEASON OUTLOOK: Chip Ganassi Racing has been one of the top teams in IndyCar since first aligning itself with Honda, and that doesn’t seem likely to change in 2012. Not only is Ganassi the anchor team for the new HPD motors, key team personnel aren’t changing from last year, meaning that everything will remain relatively intact. In a transitional year for all teams because of the new car and engines, that should mean a lot for Dixon’s consistency.

Dixon will be one of the top threats, then, to end teammate Dario Franchitti’s reign atop the series. But with both drivers in the same equipment, and both instrumental of the development of the Dallara DW12, it will likely come down to which driver has better luck over the course of the season.

– Chris Leone


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