Ganassi's Scott Dixon Wins IndyCar Championship

5th Title For Dixon, 12th Title For Ganassi's IndyCar Team

Scott Stiller
September 17, 2018 - 1:52 am
Scott Dixon And Chip Ganassi

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Sonoma, CA (93.7 The Fan) - Scott Dixon’s second-place finish in Sunday’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma earned Dixon and his No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing team the 2018 IndyCar Championship.

“I can’t thank everyone enough – the team, my teammate, everybody involved,” said Dixon.  “This doesn’t come without a lot of hard work. We had a lot of grit.  We had a lot of things that could have gone wrong today.  Huge thanks to PNC coming on this year, it really stepped up the team”.

The championship is the 12th for the Ganassi team since 1996 and the first for PNC Bank, who came aboard the No. 9 as primary sponsor this season.

“I’m so, so lucky to have the group of people I get to work with every day,” said Ganassi.  “I’m lucky to have great sponsorship.  I’m lucky to have great partners.  I’m most lucky of all to have a group of people that can put their own individual agendas aside to be a part of a great team of people”.

Dixon qualified second and ran second most of the day to race-winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.  Dixon’s closest championship contender, Alexander Rossi, made contact on lap one with his teammate Marco Andretti and suffered a flat tire.  Rossi had to pit for new tires and was forced to play catch-up for the rest of the race and eventually finished seventh.

“It’s very unfortunate what happened in Turn 1 on Lap 1,” said Rossi.  “It’s a situation I’m sure we’ll all replay a lot of time but, at the end of the day, it’s been a good 2018 and I am very appreciative for all the support we’ve had this year”.

The championship is Dixon’s fifth, second to only IndyCar legend A.J. Foyt.  The rarified air Dixon now finds himself in was not lost on his team owner.

“Obviously when you talk about records, A.J., Mario, all these guys, Scott’s name is in that group now with A.J. just in front of him in championships, that’s something that someday we’ll look back on and talk about and compare,” said Ganassi.  “Was this guy better than that guy?  Someone in today’s era, are they as good as another driver back in another era?  In any sport we question that.  We’ll never know that answer.  That’s what is great about sports, is that comparison".

“I respect greatly A.J., Mario, Michael (Andretti), the Unser’s, everybody in the sport, what they’ve achieved,” said Dixon.  “I just feel lucky to be here.  I’m very, very blessed in many ways:  Racing career.  To meet the love of my life with Emma.  Have a great family.  Two beautiful girls.  I get to work with the best in the business.  I’m very lucky”.

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