Dixon Wins 2008 Indianapolis 500 SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 25, 2008)- Scott Dixon concluded a successful month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the pole sitter and winner of the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 in the No.9 Target ...
Dixon Wins 2008 Indianapolis 500
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 25, 2008)- Scott Dixon concluded a successful month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the pole sitter and winner of the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 in the No.9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) Honda Dallara. Leading the most laps of the race (115), Dixon remained in the top-five throughout the entire 200-lap event.
The first half of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing saw TCGR teammates, Dixon and Dan Wheldon alternating between first and second place. Dixon capitalized on quick and flawless pit stops throughout the entire race to maintain strong track position as he regained the lead on lap 172 to become the first New Zealand native to win the Indianapolis 500. Wheldon spent time in the pits fixing handling issues with the No.10 Target machine throughout the last 100 laps after leading 30 circuits in the first half of the race.
Sunday's win marks Chip Ganassi's third trip to victory lane (2000-Juan Pablo Montoya; 1989-Emerson Fittipaldi). Dixon's historic win is the fourth time a No.9 car has visited victory lane. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya was the last driver to win in a No.9 car (2000). Dixon's 115 laps led also marks the most laps led since Montoya's 2000 victory (167 laps). As an owner Ganassi is tied with Mike Boyle, Bob Willkie and Pat Patrick for the third-most Indianapolis 500 wins in history.
The No.9 TCGR car leads the IndyCar Series championship with 191 points, 15 markers over Helio Castroneves. Wheldon retains third place in the title race with 153. Up next for the Target duo is the Milwaukee Mile next Sunday, June 1 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at 4:00 PM (Live, ABC, 4:00 PM ET).
Scott Dixon: "Wow! Today has been amazing. I mean you spend your entire racing career to achieve something like today and I finally did it! I can not thank Chip enough and everyone at Target for giving me such a great car this month and for sticking by me throughout my entire time at Target Chip Ganassi Racing. My crew has done an amazing job and I am sharing this victory with everyone, because without their (Chip, Target, TCGR team, family) support, this would not have been possible. What an incredible day!"
Chip Ganassi: "There are very few people that you get to work with that are as special as Scott. He came to this team and has adapted and lived each and every one of our values and he truly is an amazing person and driver. I am so proud and excited for this day and am so happy to share this moment with someone of Scott's caliber."