Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s five-time champion was in reflective mood after scoring his fourth victory of the season, a triumph that puts him into a huge 117-point lead in the championship standings, on a day when his closest rival, Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Josef Newgarden, could salvage only 11th.
“I never thought this was ever possible,” said Dixon whose 50 wins have been accumulated in 329 races, and 49 of them have been for Ganassi. “I was very lucky and very fortunate to race in a lot of junior categories, made it to IndyCar.
“The first win [for PacWest Racing] came in a strange way at Nazareth, Pennsylvania, in a fuel-mileage race. That was definitely a shock. Then obviously the milestone that we reached today is huge – not for just me.
Scott Dixon in 2001, his first season in CART Indy car racing. He would finish eighth in the points race for PacWest that year.