Dixon makes his presence known

Dixon makes his presence known

There are 15 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from May 11, 2007, titled Dixon makes his presence known. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

With most of the focus on Dan Wheldon at Indianapolis 500 practice, Scott Dixon noted that "flying under the radar" is a phrase common throughout the world.

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Mark

Muncie, IN

#1 May 11, 2007
Scotty D is from New Zealand, not Australia. C'mon Curt, you're better than that!!
Mike

Tempe, AZ

#2 May 11, 2007
All you need to do now is get some fans in the stands. Tony George needs to listen to Robin Miller. Robin had some great ideas Sunday on Wind Tunnel about how to put some excitement back into Indy car racing. Time to listen Tony!
Kevin

Fort Wayne, IN

#3 May 11, 2007
Mike wrote:
All you need to do now is get some fans in the stands. Tony George needs to listen to Robin Miller. Robin had some great ideas Sunday on Wind Tunnel about how to put some excitement back into Indy car racing. Time to listen Tony!
If I remember right Miller was satisfied with open wheel racing at the time of the split. Putting drivers from 2002-2004, even though lesser known and funded put on the good shows. The top drivers now rarely put on the show they did back then. They aren't as hungry. Sleepers at Texas didn't exist.
Chris

Appleton, WI

#4 May 11, 2007
Tony George has taken open wheel racing from a position of dominance to the pathetic state we now find it in. The frustrating part of the situation is that Tony has disregarded his original business plan for the IRL. An oval based series for American drivers who come up through the grass roots of American oval tracks and at a lesser cost than that of CART.(At that time) Gone are many of the ovals replaced by street and road cources, gone are the American engine manufactures, in comes Honda and a plethera of foreign drivers. What was it again that Tony didn't like about CART? Now Tony is in a position that he needs NASCAR to run at INDY to make money to prop up his failed business plan. How many teams did Tony have to fund in 1995? Without free tickets at all IRL events I wonder what the grandstands would look like. The INDY 500 has turned into the Kentucky Derby of motorsports. When the derby is over no one cares about horse racing. When the 500 is over no one cares about thr IRL.
Clint

Marshall, MI

#5 May 11, 2007
C'mon now...everyone knows that Tony didn't create the IRL to give USAC racers a chance to shine...he created it to protect the Indy 500. Nothing more, nothing less. So long as the 500 and the speedway were being threatened by the CART powers-that-be, Tony's choice was clear. What would you do to protect the thing that your family had worked for 50 years to make great?
Indy Fan in Georgia

Phenix City, AL

#6 May 11, 2007
Mark wrote:
Scotty D is from New Zealand, not Australia. C'mon Curt, you're better than that!!
Maybe Dixon moved to Australia ?
Indy Fan in Georgia

Phenix City, AL

#7 May 11, 2007
Clint wrote:
C'mon now...everyone knows that Tony didn't create the IRL to give USAC racers a chance to shine...he created it to protect the Indy 500. Nothing more, nothing less. So long as the 500 and the speedway were being threatened by the CART powers-that-be, Tony's choice was clear. What would you do to protect the thing that your family had worked for 50 years to make great?
I thank Tony G for for the IRL. becuase Cart would have ended open wheel racing
Crystal

Jersey City, NJ

#8 May 11, 2007
Scott Dixon is from New Zealand. Officaly that makes him a "kiwi" not an "aussie".
KJKolar

AOL

#9 May 11, 2007
Mark wrote:
Scotty D is from New Zealand, not Australia. C'mon Curt, you're better than that!!
You're right, Mark. Curt IS better than that. That's pretty bad. Though I have to say it went right over my head when I read it, too.
Skip-SC

Hilton Head Island, SC

#10 May 11, 2007
Indy Fan in Georgia wrote:
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I thank Tony G for for the IRL. becuase Cart would have ended open wheel racing
Good post. The "greed and speed" bunch from Cart/Champ Car showed how well they could run an event. Anyone remember the US 500 at Michigan on the same day as Indy? As I recall, a third of the field or so was in backup cars at the start because they couldn't even get the pace laps right. Even after having had to swallow Buddy Lazier as an Indy winner, driving a car sponsed by a faucet manufacturer, the "big money" circuit couldn't compete with Indy.

Though no one knew it then, once they took their expensive toys and left, they begat the drain of sponsor dollars from open wheel into NASCAR (and even NHRA to a point.)

And, as history has shown, Tony, for all his shortcomings, had a business plan that would sustain itself, if not thrive. Champ Car, reportedly on life support, could not be reached for comment.

I'd love to see the two series find some middle ground on a formula for open wheel racing that encourages the development of new engine/chassis/tire ideas like there were back in the 60's, 70's, and 80's, but until some of that big money sponsorship comes back into open wheel, even a "merged" circuit would have to be run "on the cheap." And that's before you talk about what "type" of racing you're going to have, whether oval tracks or road courses.

Even with its current upheavals about Dale Jr., phantom cautions, and such, NASCAR has the demographic spectrum covered in terms of attracting sponsors. Coke, Pepsi, Kellogg, Procter and Gamble, Budweiser, Miller, UPS, Lowes, and Home Depot all back stock cars exclusively.

Open wheel needs to get some of that money back to regain and retain more interest. I think before I tried to put anything together between the two open wheel circuits, I'd have to at least ask for some input from potential corporate guys, because without some of that "cake," it's just going to be mediocre at best.
merx

Australia

#11 Jun 15, 2007
Re Scott Dixon dont forget he was born in Australia off NZ parents so does it really matter as he is a really nice young guy and not full of himself
TCGR

South Bend, IN

#12 Jun 15, 2007
Scott is a very nice guy. He is very quiet. He lets his driving do the talking. He is not a demanding driver like alot of them. As long as everything works correctly, he is happy.
NZR

Christchurch, New Zealand

#13 Jun 21, 2007
Indy Fan in Georgia wrote:
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Maybe Dixon moved to Australia ?
Scotty's pareants Ron & Glenya are kiwi's, Scott was born during a stint they had living in Queensland Australia.At the time Ron and Glenys , who were dirt track racers , were the promoters of a speedway in Townsville Australia. The family moved back to NZ when Scott was a toddler. Scott's racing started when he was 6, when he joined the Mt Wellington Kart club in Auckland NZ
NZR

Christchurch, New Zealand

#14 Jun 21, 2007
My typing is terrible..Scotty's parents names are Ron & Glenys
NZR

Christchurch, New Zealand

#15 Jun 21, 2007
merx wrote:
Re Scott Dixon dont forget he was born in Australia off NZ parents so does it really matter as he is a really nice young guy and not full of himself
Couldn't agree more. Scott has always been a well mannered humble guy. You'll never hear him mouthing off or bragging; even as a kid when he won just about everything there was to win in New Zealand motorsport, Scott just quietly got on with the job of winning. Probably to his detriment, he avoids the media and the limelight. He's a little shy around people he doesn't know, which is why the media sometimes call him iceman. Away from racing; around his mates and family, he comes out of his shell and is a funny, down to earth, humble and generous guy.At his house, all his trophies and racing memorabilia are tucked away in his basement, there's not a sign anywhere of Scott the racer, he's as humble as home as he is in public. Scotty's never forgotten his roots and has remained loyal and generous to his close circle of friends; many of whom have been supporting his race career since he was just a chubby cheeky pre teen who would jump in anything that could be raced at any opportunity.

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