IRL: Scott Dixon looking forward to 2003

Dixon energized about 2003 season with Team Target; 22-Year old looking forward to next season and racing in the Indy 500 INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Although Scott Dixon is only 22 years old, a racing veteran lies beneath the age on his driver's ...

Dixon energized about 2003 season with Team Target; 22-Year old looking forward to next season and racing in the Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Although Scott Dixon is only 22 years old, a racing veteran lies beneath the age on his driver's license. Dixon began his racing career at the tender age of 7. To keep his dream alive, his parents, Ron and Glenys mortgaged their home to keep Scott in a race car. They saw the talent at an early age that would enable Dixon to challenge some of the world's best drivers.and win. Next year, Dixon has his sights set on capturing the crown jewel in all of motorsports, the Indianapolis 500.

"The Indianapolis 500 is the biggest race in the world and I am very excited about having the opportunity to race there next year with Team Target," said Dixon. Despite some recently published reports, Dixon is excited about racing in the IRL with Target Chip Ganassi Racing next season and is looking forward to the challenge.

"I'm very happy to be back with the team for another year," Dixon explained. "This has been the best team in open-wheel racing for the last 10 years. It's a great team with great people and it's one of the main reasons that I wanted to come back for another year. Add that to a top- notch sponsor in Target and an engine manufacturer that I've worked with since I moved up from Indy Lights in Toyota and I think we have all the ingredients to win another championship for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. I've had a lot of success on the ovals in my career and it's going to be a fun year. I'm also excited about taking my first laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway."

Stefan Johansson, Dixon's agent isn't sure how or where those rumors started.

"I'm not sure where some of those rumors started, but Scott is signed, sealed and delivered to Team Target for the 2003 season," Johansson said. "All I know is that we're going to be with the team and we're happy about being back for next year."

Dixon began his racing career as most youngsters do by racing go- karts. Dixon recorded 30 major event wins in Australasia before the age of 12. The very next season, when Dixon was 13 years old, he was granted a special license to compete in the New Zealand Formula Vee championship. Although most of his competitors were twice his age, he went out and became the youngest winner ever in a single seat race car. That year he also went on to win 17 of the 22 races.

In fact, from 1994-2000, Dixon won the championship at every level of competition that he competed in.in two years or less. Dixon is also the youngest winner in major open-wheel racing history, winning last year's race in Nazareth at 20 years, 9 months. Dixon also keeps his cars in one piece. In fact, Dixon has had only two crashes in his champ car career. One coming from a blown engine in Fontana last year and one this year when he was squeezed into the wall while attempting to make a pass for the lead in Miami.

You could be easily fooled into believing that the dimpled boyish grin and reserved personality would make him a pushover on the race track. But Team Managing Director Mike Hull feels that underneath those features is a bulldog of a driver.

"Scott is mature well beyond his 22-year old age. He's a determined, aggressive race car driver who has a burning desire to win. What's different about Scott is that he can communicate what he wants the car to do, not just tell you what it's doing. That's a big plus in a driver. We're fortunate to have him on our team."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Stefan Johansson , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi , Mike Hull
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing