IndyCar Driver Review: Scott Dixon

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As MotorSportsTalk continues its driver-by-driver review of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season, we look back at three-time champion Scott Dixon, whose title defense wasn’t able to happen. Still, a good year when third is a disappointment…

2014 SEASON PREVIEW

Scott Dixon

  • Team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing
  • 2013: Champion, 4 Wins, 2 Poles, 6 Podiums, 10 Top-5, 12 Top-10, 239 Laps Led, 9.6 Avg. Start, 8.1 Avg. Finish
  • 2014: 3rd Place, 2 Wins, 1 Pole, 4 Podiums, 11 Top-5, 12 Top-10, 97 Laps Led, 8.9 Avg. Start, 8.3 Avg. Finish

Third with two wins represents a great year for most drivers… for Scott Dixon it marked one of his “worst” years. The Kiwi kept alive his streak of finishing in the top-three in points every year dating to 2006, even though it felt like his title repeat hopes were dashed by June.

Dixon and the No. 9 Target team maintained the core pieces that brought them their third championship in 2013, but for whatever reason things didn’t quite click through Houston. Dixon had only one podium and four top-fives in the first 10 races, and was already more than 100 points off the championship lead.

A second half surge along with the rest of the Chip Ganassi Racing squad followed, including two trademark Dixon wins on the flowing road courses of Mid-Ohio and Sonoma. The fact he ended third in the points this year owed to a never-give-up attitude and only served to put the rest of the IndyCar field on notice for 2015.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.