fair.png
Wednesday May 5th, 2021 8:51PM

Scott Dixon seeks motorsports milestone 7th championship

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Scott Dixon looks around the IndyCar paddock and sees drivers half his age acting like A.J. Foyt even if they’ve never crossed the finish line first.

They are young and brash with the same swagger of “Super Tex,” the winningest driver in IndyCar history.

“Most of them rock up these days feeling, you know, it seems like they’ve won everything in the world already, you know?” Dixon said Friday. ”You definitely see the changing of the guard, which is always interesting."

The Iceman isn't ready to pass the torch anytime soon. Dixon begins his 21st season in IndyCar with Sunday's season-opening race at Barber Motorsports Park in pursuit of Foyt's all-time marks.

The six-time champion needs just one more title to tie Foyt's record of seven and his 50 career victories trail only Foyt (67) and Mario Andretti (52) in the record books. Will Power and Sebastien Bourdais at 39 wins each are the only active drivers even remotely in Dixon's class.

And yet those trophies and numbers and his two decades of dominance don't drive Dixon the way they once did. Don't get him wrong — he loves to win. But losing sticks with him a whole lot longer than a victory celebration.

He led wire-to-wire last year in winning his sixth title, but those celebratory moments were fleeting.

“It's nice to have victories but it's not something I really dwell on too much,” Dixon said. “The hard part is always all the things you remember the most of the close misses. I think that's the part of what drives you. I don't go to bed thinking about how great it was to win a sixth championship. But I do go to bed thinking about how close we lost the Indy 500 last year. That's what keeps the fire strong.”

Dixon is now in pursuit of motorsports' magical number: Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton both won seven Formula One titles, while Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson each won seven in NASCAR. Foyt is alone in IndyCar.

But time is not on Dixon's side.

He turns 41 in July and although he has won two of the last three championships, he has never won back-to-back titles and guesses he has five good years left in his career. Team owner Chip Ganassi noted that Alex Palou, the 24-year-old second-year IndyCar driver, was the fastest of the four Ganassi drivers in preseason testing and might very well be the one Dixon has to beat this year.

Dixon thinks he is up for the challenge and finds that much like Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady, who at 43 won his sixth Super Bowl in February, he's in the best physical shape of his life. His cardio and strength training has evolved over the last decade, and he said he doesn't have a great gauge on his reaction speeds “because I still pass my tests, so that's a good thing.”

His biggest challenge, he's found, has been time management since he and wife, Emma, decided to expand their family last year. They welcomed a third child — their only son — a decade after starting their family.

Kit Dixon has been an eye-opening adjustment after two daughters because every crash, bang and fall creates a momentary panic only for the toddler to bounce back up and get back on his way.

“He definitely loves adventure and has a pretty high pain tolerance,” Dixon said. “It's very different from the girls.”

This weekend will be the first race for father and son, a moment Dixon can't wait to share with his little boy.

“I took him to a go-kart race once and his eyes were popping out of his head, so I'm really looking forward to taking him out and showing him cars on the track,” Dixon said. “I think this is going to be a very fun year for our family.”

___

More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/hub/auto-racing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Auto Racing, NASCAR, Formula One Racing, Indy Car Racing
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Scott Dixon seeks motorsports milestone 7th championship
Scott Dixon opens the IndyCar season in search of the motorsports milestone mark of seven championships
7:29PM ( 4 minutes ago )
FBI says it interviewed FedEx mass shooter last year
The FBI says that last year it questioned the man who fatally shot eight people at a FedEx plant in Indianapolis
7:07PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Raul Castro resigns as Communist chief, ending era in Cuba
Raul Castro says he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by he and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution
7:01PM ( 33 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Jimmy Rollins reflects on decline of Black players in MLB
When Jimmy Rollins made his first All-Star team as a rookie with the Philadelphia Phillies 20 years ago, the percentage of Black players in the majors was 13
6:31PM ( 1 hour ago )
Aaron Donald's lawyer says video refutes man's assault claim
The lawyer for Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald says witnesses and surveillance video refute a man’s claim the player assaulted him at a Pittsburgh nightclub last weekend
5:58PM ( 1 hour ago )
Minus injured Mitchell, Jazz rally to beat Pacers 119-111
Donovan Mitchell scored 22 points before leaving the game with a sprained ankle in the third quarter, and the NBA-leading Utah Jazz beat the Indiana Pacers 119-111
5:46PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
The Latest: NASCAR's Bubba Wallace urging COVID vaccinations
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace is partnering with Novant Health to address the hesitancy to get vaccinated for COVID-19
9:36AM ( 2 days ago )
Jimmie Johnson ditches vanilla label during IndyCar debut
Jimmie Johnson was tagged as the vanilla champion during a 20-year run in NASCAR
4:46PM ( 3 days ago )
Truex outlasts teammate Hamlin to win again at Martinsville
Martin Truex Jr. won a stirring, laps-long duel for the lead with teammate Denny Hamlin in the delayed NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday night
9:09PM ( 4 days ago )
AP Online Auto Racing
Record rains cause flash flooding in Tennessee; 4 dead
Heavy rain across Tennessee has flooded homes and roads, prompting officials to carry out numerous rescues
2:47PM ( 2 weeks ago )
What a Mess: NASCAR worried about first Bristol dirt race
NASCAR made a flurry of procedural changes ahead of its first Cup race on dirt since 1970
7:38PM ( 2 weeks ago )
NASCAR goes for first ride through the dirt at Bristol
NASCAR began its preparations for the first Cup Series race on dirt in 1970 with a full day of practice at Bristol Motor Speedway
8:25PM ( 2 weeks ago )
NASCAR
Hamilton holds off Verstappen to win tense F1 season-opener
Lewis Hamilton just managed to hold off Max Verstappen to win the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix and clinch the 96th F1 win of his career
2:23PM ( 2 weeks ago )
Hamilton holds off Verstappen to win F1 season-opener
World champion Lewis Hamilton just held off Max Verstappen to win the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix and clinch the 96th F1 win of his career
12:52PM ( 2 weeks ago )
'Arrested Development' actor Jessica Walter dies at 80
Jessica Walter, who played a scheming matriach in TV’s “Arrested Development,” has died
5:55PM ( 3 weeks ago )
Formula One Racing
Good dogs! 20 years of covering Westminster Kennel Club show
To every sport, there’s a season, a spot on the calendar that fans mark for the big event
11:49AM ( 2 months ago )
Ready to retire? Kurt Busch leaves NASCAR fans guessing
Kurt Busch hinted he may soon retire from NASCAR in a video released two days before the Daytona 500
3:26PM ( 2 months ago )
The Latest: Oaklawn Park to allow limited attendance
Oaklawn Park in Arkansas plans to allow limited fans during its winter-spring horse racing meet that begins in 16 days and runs through April, but grandstand general admission won’t be allowed initially
3:10PM ( 3 months ago )
Indy Car Racing
FBI says it interviewed FedEx mass shooter last year
The FBI says that last year it questioned the man who fatally shot eight people at a FedEx plant in Indianapolis
7:07PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Raul Castro resigns as Communist chief, ending era in Cuba
Raul Castro says he is resigning as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by he and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution
7:01PM ( 33 minutes ago )
Judge denies Ghislaine Maxwell's motions to toss sex charges
A judge has denied Ghislaine Maxwell's efforts to toss charges that she recruited three teenager girls from 1994 to 1997 for then-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse
6:58PM ( 36 minutes ago )
Chicago video tests newsroom handling of graphic footage
The release of body camera footage showing a Chicago police officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old was another test for news organizations
6:46PM ( 47 minutes ago )
Cubs hit by 4 more pitches, Braves hold on in 9th to win 5-2
Kyle Wright plunked four Cubs batters but still left with the lead after a last-minute call-up, Will Smith stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Atlanta Braves escaped with a bizarre 5-2 win over Chicago
6:45PM ( 48 minutes ago )