Scott Dixon admitted that reaching a half-century of US open-wheel victories was something he ‘never thought possible’ after beating Takuma Sato in the first of IndyCar’s two races at Gateway.
The five-time series champion won his first CART race at Nazareth in 2001 for Bruce McCaw’s PacWest Racing team on only his third start after graduating from Indy Lights as the 2000 series champion.
When PacWest collapsed in 2002, Dixon joined Chip Ganassi Racing and moved with the team to the series then known as the IRL, winning on his debut at Homestead in 2003 on his way to that year’s title.
After a barren 2004 season with uncompetitive Toyota engines, Dixon has won at least one race every season since 2005, with a best tally of six wins – including the Indianapolis 500 – during his second title campaign in 2008.
Gallery: Scott Dixon’s 50 Indycar wins