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…
- 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.