66 Magazine Issue 3 Spring 2018 - Page 46

Every weekend in Northern California, thousands of wine-lovers make the trip across the Golden Gate Bridge, to savour the famous reds from the vineyards dotted along the Ruta Estatal de California. This is wine country. But for Scott Dixon, it is also winning country. This is where he further confirmed his status as an IndyCar great. With the precision and calmness of an experienced surgeon, Dixon claimed his fifth IndyCar title in mid-September with a perfectly measured second place – in itself as unspectacular as he is spectacular. The New Zealander did exactly what he needed to do to win the title. Ryan Hunter-Reay claimed the season finale – but Dixon was the big winner. As always there was no histrionics; only credit to wife Emma, his team and main rival for the title, Alexander Rossi. Even as Rossi closed the gap over the last few races of the season, Dixon had remained unflustered. Speaking to him ahead of the final three races, he still felt that history was on his side. “It’ll be a tight finish but based on last year’s performance it should be in our favour. You don’t over-analyse at this end of the season or focus on just one or two rivals. We went into the last three races chasing wins, it was as simple as that.” 2017, or ‘that’ season, is the basis for the movie Born Racer. It presented the filmmakers with a plot that was wild enough to be classed as fiction. It included him winning pole position for the Indy 500, only to experience the biggest crash of his career, being held up at gunpoint and still coming within one race of winning the championship. Where do you start? Indianapolis seems the logical place. It’s the biggest week of the year for IndyCar (not to mention the biggest annual sporting event on earth with over 350,000 attending the 44 66 MagAzine SPRING 2018