2016 marks Dixon's 15th year with Target Chip Ganassi Racing - the longest tenure for a driver in team history (1990-Present). Dixon holds the distinction of being the winningest active Indy car driver with 38 victories, which ranks him fifth on the all-time list and one shy of tying Al Unser Sr. with 39. In addition, he ranks seventh on the all-time list for most consecutive starts with 191 straight Indy car starts dating back to the 2004 race in Michigan.
The New Zealand native has 254 starts between the CART and Verizon IndyCar Series, producing 38 wins, 25 poles, 126 top-five and 177 top-10 finishes (2001-Present).
Dixon, like many before him, started his racing career in karting and captured two championships in the New Zealand Formula Vee series. After a successful racing career in Australia and New Zealand, including a championship in the class I Formula Ford Series and a "Rookie of the Year" award in the Australian Formula Holden Championship, Dixon moved on to Dayton Indy Lights series in North America.
There he added another championship to his resume in 2000 for PacWest Racing with six wins, seven podium finishes, and one pole position. At the time, he was the second-youngest driver in history to win the Indy Lights title, just six days older than the late Greg Moore.
After his championship performance in 2000, Dixon received the call to move up to the CART Series in 2001. Dixon started the season by making a name for himself in Monterrey, Mexico, where he led 14 laps in his season debut. Just two races later, in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. Dixon entered the record books by becoming the youngest ever winner of a CART race, or any major open-wheel race, by capturing his first victory at the age of 20 years, 9 months and 14 days. He followed that record-breaking performance by adding a podium finish of third at Milwaukee, and fourth-place results at Chicago, Road America and Laguna Seca.
In his rookie Champ Car season, Dixon scored championship points in 11 of 20 starts and led the FedEx Championship Series in laps completed, with 2,521 out of a possible 2,610, and miles completed, with 4,351.217 out of a possible 4,520.983. He finished eighth in the championship with 98 points while capturing the "Rookie of the Year" honors along the way.
In 2002, Target Chip Ganassi Racing picked up the young driver after the PacWest team folded following the third race of the season. Dixon joined Target team drivers Bruno Junqueira and Kenny Brack for the Milwaukee race and put in a solid season that saw him amass 12 top-tens including a second place finish in Denver.
2003 was a storybook season for Scott Dixon. After a move to the Indy Racing League with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, the New Zealander began with a victory at the season-opening in Homestead, Florida, becoming just the third driver to win in his IndyCar® Series debut. Dixon continued to perform after his hot start and captured the series championship with 507 total points.
Dixon won the 2003 Championship with a 343 consecutive laps led, three wins, five pole positions and a total of 748 laps led. The young phenom took the checkered flag at Homestead, Pikes Peak, and led every lap in his victory at Richmond.
As the defending IndyCar Series Champion, Dixon performed consistently throughout the 2004 season, finishing among the top-10 in ten of 15 races with a second place finish in Phoenix, another top-five finish at the Indy Japan 300 in Motegi and capped off the 2004 season on a positive note with four straight races in the top-ten.
The end of the 2005 season finally brought a close what can be described as a difficult period in which the team's championship contention had been hampered by reduced horsepower. Dixon, however, showed that he had not forgotten what it takes to finish first. He and the Target team celebrated a long awaited win on the road course at Watkins Glen in 2005 and still posted six top-10 results.
The positive momentum began in 2006 when the Target Team implemented many exciting improvements to its program, including a return to the Honda engine and switch to the Dallara chassis, as well as the addition of 2005 IndyCar Series Champion Dan Wheldon as a teammate. All those factors had Dixon aiming high once again and it paid off with a return to the front.
That season, Dixon earned two wins, including a second consecutive victory at the Watkins Glen road course and a night race win at Nashville Speedway, along with a pole position on the road course at Sonoma, as well as nine top-five finishes. The driver of the no.9 Target Honda also led laps in nine of 14 races for a total of 261 laps. Dixon was a contender in every race and in a battle that came down right to the final laps of the season finale at Chicagoland, he closed out the 2006 season fourth in the IndyCar Series Championship standings.
The 2007 season started off with Scott posting top-5 finishes in the first six races. Starting with Watkins Glen through Mid-Ohio, he rattled off three consecutive wins tying Kenny Brack (1998) and Dan Wheldon (2005) for the longest win streak in league history. He got his 4th win of the season at Infineon. The Championship would come down to the last turn on the last lap of the last race at Chicago with Scott running out of fuel and allowing Dario Franchitti to take the win and the title.
Building on the 2nd place points finish from 2007, Scott opened the 2008 season with a victory at Miami-Homestead. During the next seven races Scott picked up two wins (including the Indy 500) and never finshed worse than 4th place. He would go on to victory lane at Nashville, Kentucky and Edmonton on his way to his second overall Indycar Championship. For the season he posted a series record-tying six wins, seven pole positions, and led a series-record 899 laps.
'08 was a dream year. Got married, won the Indy 500 and the championship. Pretty hard to beat that.
In 2009 he contested the race season alongside new teammate and 2007 Indy 500 and Indycar Series Champion, Dario Franchitti. Scott, Dario and Ryan Briscoe would hold the top three points positions for most of the season with Scott picking up five series wins (Kansas, Milwaukee, Richmond, Mid-Ohio, and Motegi). Scott became the winningest driver in the IndyCar Series when he earned his 20th career victory at Mid-Ohio - surpassing the previous record of 19 wins held by Sam Hornish Jr. The Championship came down the last race at Homestead-Miami with Dario taking the race on a fuel mileage strategy and the Championship along with it.
2010 saw Scott pick up three more series wins (Kansas, Edmonton, Homestead), and recorded 9 top-5 and 15 top-10 finishes on his way to 3rd place in the Championship. Through four races in the 2011 season, Scott found himself in 8th place for the Championship, but would finish out of the top-5 only twice over the next 13 races to repeat his 3rd place in the Championship. He scored two more wins (Mid-Ohio, Motegi), and recorded 12 top-5 and 13 top-10 finishes during the season.
In 2011, Scott had two wins, two poles, 12 top-5 finishes, and 13 top-10 finishes on his way to a 3rd place finish in the Championship.
2012 would result in another 3rd place finish in the standings. He started the season with back-to-back 2nd place finishes, but followed those up with a 23rd at Long Beach and 17th at Sao Paulo. He got his first victory of the year at Detroit and followed up 2011's win at Mid-Ohio by going back-to-back. He led all drivers in laps led with 456.
In 2013, Scott scored a season-best four wins on his way to his third IndyCar Series championship title. His run at the title started with three straight wins at Pocono and both races at Toronto. At the dual races at Houston he won the first race and placed 2nd in the second race.
The championship came down to the final race and by finishing 5th at Fontana Scott sealed the IndyCar Championship. He finished the 2013 season as the driver with the best average running position of any driver at 7.83.
After a move to Chevrolet engines in the 2014 season, Dixon secured a wind at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma Raceway. His win at Sonoma marked his 35th win in Indy car racing, moving him into a tie for fifth with Bobby Unser on the all-time wins list. He finished third in the Verizon IndyCar Series points race, making him the only driver to finish in the top three dating back to the 2006 season.
2015 marked Scott’s 14th year with TCGR – the longest tenure for a driver in team history (1990-Present). He opened the season by winning the first race at Long Beach, and got his second win of the season at Texas. The Championship came down to the last race of the season at Sonoma, and Scott won the race securing his 4th Indycar Series Chamionship.