Scott Dixon has been inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
The Chip Ganassi Racing driver is amongst the 36th class of the hall of fame, which also includes NHRA Funny Crew chief Austin Coil, HANS device inventors Jim Downing and Dr. Robert Hubbard and seven time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson. Other inductees include eight-time IndyCar title-winning owner Paul Newman (At Large) and 1966 Can-Am champion and championship-winning constructor John Surtees (Sports Cars). Two additional Historic Category inductees will be announced this summer.
Dixon began his Indy car career in 2001 racing for PacWest Racing before joining Chip Ganassi Racing three races into the 2002 season. The combination has proven to be one of the greatest collaborations in motorsports with 52 wins and six championships.
The New Zealander’s stats rank him second on the all time list in both titles and race wins.
“I’m extremely honored to be thought of in this way and mentioned among many of the greats across so many forms of motorsports,” said Dixon. “The first thing that comes to mind is how I was able to get here. A single person can never do it alone. I’m grateful to Chip, the team and everyone who has helped make this possible over the last 20 years, and then going back to the start of it all with my parents and the group that helped me along. But it comes down to racing for me and the pure love that I have for this sport across every different category. First and foremost, I am a racing fan and that’s where the desire comes from. I’m extremely lucky to be able to do what I do and I am grateful for everybody that has helped give me the possibility, and this is in their honor.”
Chip Ganassi added – “There is not a more deserving driver that’s currently in the series for the Hall of Fame, and I know there’s even more work still to be done.”