Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon has had an incredible 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Over the winter following the return of Honda to the team and the departure of Target questions were raised as to how Ganassi would perform in 2017.
Dixon, known as ‘The Iceman’ has kept cool all year, kept his head down and has been extremely quick and has showed why he is a four time series champion.
It became clear pretty quickly that moving to Honda was a good decision for Ganassi, Mike Mike Hull and the team as at the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Dixon finished on the podium in third place.
In Long Beach, he finished in fourth place and followed this up with a second place finish at the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.
In Phoenix, Dixon finished the race in fifth place while at the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis Scott finished on the podium in second place behind winner Will Power.
The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil was a big race for the New Zealander in more ways than one. Having secured the Verizon P1 Award Dixi led the race before a huge crash resulted in him injuring his foot.
The disappointment of the Indianapolis 500 was quickly put behind him as he finished Race one in Detroit on the podium in second place giving Honda a 1-2 with Graham Rahal for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing winning the race.
In race 2, Dixon finished in sixth place. In Texas, Dixon led 12 laps but retired from the race following an accident involving Takuma Sato.
In the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America, Scott led 24 laps and took the No.9 NTT DATA Honda to Victory Lane, giving Chip Ganassi Racing their first win of the season and their first since returning to Honda.
In Iowa, two weeks ago, Dixon finished the race in eighth place just ahead of his team mate Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda.
Last time out in Toronto, despite Will Power colliding with him, on the opening lap, Dixon came through the field to finish the race in 10th place.
Dixon heads to the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio with a three point lead in the championship over Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves. There are only five races left on the 2017 schedule in which anything can so it will be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out.
Whatever happens between now and the end of the year, Dixon is one driver who knows where he will be next season and that is back in the No.9 Honda with Chip Ganassi Racing.