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Scott Dixon’s fifth IndyCar Se­ries cham­pi­onship adds an­other layer to his hero sta­tus in New Zealand mo­tor­sport.

The race driver, orig­i­nally from Ma­nurewa ran a steady, mis­take-free race to fin­ish sec­ond in the IndyCar sea­son fi­nale, the Grand Prix of Sonoma, to race win­ner Ryan Hunter-Reay. The re­sult was more than enough to give the no. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Rac­ing Honda driver his fifth se­ries cham­pi­onship in an 18-year ca­reer.

Dixon moves to sec­ond on the all-time cham­pi­onship win­ners’ list, be­hind seven-times USAC win­ner AJ Foyt. The 38-year-old’s fifth cham­pi­onship cre­ates a new record for ti­tle wins in the IndyCar Se­ries era (1996–present) and he is also third on the all-time win list with 44 ca­reer vic­to­ries to trail only AJ Foyt (67) and Mario An­dretti (52).

“It’s all about the peo­ple and I’m the lucky one that gets to take it across the line,” Dixon said af­ter the race. “I can’t thank Emma [Dixon] enough, she’s just been amaz­ing through this whole sea­son. It’s ac­tu­ally the an­niver­sary of her fa­ther’s pass­ing to­day so it’s ob­vi­ously an emo­tional time for her and her fam­ily. I can’t thank ev­ery­one enough. The team, my team­mates, ev­ery­body in­volved. This doesn’t come with­out a lot of hard work. We had a lot of grit and things that could’ve gone wrong.”

“Mo­tor­sport par­tic­i­pants and fans all over New Zealand are proud to call Scott Dixon our own,” says Mo­tor­Sport New Zealand CEO Brian Budd.

“We con­grat­u­late Scott on his his­tory-mak­ing fifth IndyCar Se­ries ti­tle – it’s an ex­tra­or­di­nary achieve­ment and well-de­served for one of the hard­est-work­ing and most tal­ented driv­ers to come out of New Zealand.”

Budd says Dixon has set yet an­other bench­mark for other Kiwi com­peti­tors to strive for.

“When it comes to pro­fes­sion­al­ism, race craft and sheer abil­ity, Scott shows he has few equals. He has cre­ated an ex­tra­or­di­nary ca­reer in mo­tor­sport and we look for­ward to see­ing him con­tinue his hugely suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship with Chip Ganassi Rac­ing next sea­son and fu­ture sea­sons to come.”

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