When Scott Dixon made it to Victory Lane last weekend at Mid-Ohio, picking up his first win of the season, he moved up another spot on IndyCar’s all-time win list.
Dixon’s 34th career victory tied him for sixth all-time with Al Unser Jr., and he’s one victory shy of tying Bobby Unser for fifth.
Dixon is moving up the list faster than his predecessors. His 34th win came in his 235th start at age 34. Unser Jr.’s 34th win came in his 329th start at age 41. Bobby Unser won his 35th race in his 258th start.
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Still, it’s been frustrating for the defending IndyCar champion that it took him this long to score his first win of the year and the first victory for the Chip Ganassi Racing organization. Dixon and his three teammates have been dealing with numerous issues all season.
"It’s a small bit of that with relief and knowing that we didn’t go a year without winning a race and that we can definitely try and close out this championship as strong as possible," Dixon said.
Dixon is sixth in the IndyCar standings with three races left and remains mathematically eligible for his fourth series title since 2002. He’s not looking that far ahead just yet, instead focusing on his Mid-Ohio win and how he can get back to Victory Lane in the remaining three races.
"Winning is a good feeling," he said. "I think having the year that we’ve had, you understand why the feeling is so good. Sometimes you can understand if one of us hasn’t won at this point, but all four of us?"
IndyCar Series inks deal with TAG Heuer
IndyCar has signed a partnership with TAG Heuer that makes the Swiss watch brand the official watch of the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The agreement announced Wednesday includes sponsorship of the TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge, held on "Carb Day" before the Indianapolis 500.
TAG Heuer has created a special edition Indy 500 Chronograph. The timepiece sports a gray stylized dial patterned after the iconic "Yard of Bricks" start/finish line at IMS and a printed "Indy 500" logo inside the counter at 6 o’clock. The winner of every IndyCar race will now receive the exclusive timepiece.