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IndyCar Driver of the Year 2011: 4th

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Top 10 IndyCar Driver of the Year 2011:
4. Scott Dixon

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing
2011 starts: 17
Poles: 2
Wins: 2
Top 5: 12
Top 10: 13
Championship points: 518
Championship position: 3rd

For most of 2012, all the attention in the championship stakes was on the head-to-head battle between Dario Franchitti and Will Power for the title. Few barely even noticed that Scott Dixon was never far behind, keeping close to both of them, ready to pounce if the opportunity presented itself. While that chance never emerged, it demonstrated how effectively and efficiently Dixon goes about his season, putting in the performances and getting the results week-in and week-out.

The two-time IndyCar champion shares with another series veteran, Oriol Servia, the ability to just get the job done without making a big drama of it. Also like Servia, Dixon completed all 17 races of the 2011 season - finishing in the top 10 an incredible 13 times. Even better than Servia, he also claimed two pole positions during the year at Mid-Ohio and Motegi, and once he was presented with that clear road ahead of him off the grid and no need to worry about bruising the championship hopes of his team mate, he proved his point by promptly going on to win both events by a wide margin. The latter victory even gives Dixon a small but genuine place in the record books as the only open wheel driver to win on both the oval and road courses at Motegi.

Fittingly for all his good work, Dixon took home one of the three bits of IndyCar silverware available to drivers for their season's work - he claimed the AJ Foyt Trophy for scoring the most points on the oval tracks in 2011, leaving Power locking up the corresponding road race trophy and Franchitti to clinch the overall series crown for the fourth time.

Of course, Dixon wanted more than just third place in the championship for himself, but there's no sign of any decline in his abilities or moreover his appetite for racing. Will he be content to play the loyal team game again in 2012, or will he decide that it's about time it was his turn to win the races and to claim the title?

Top 10 IndyCar Driver of the Year 2011 results so far:

5. Oriol Servia
6. Ryan Briscoe
7. James Hinchcliffe
8. Graham Rahal
9. Ed Carpenter
10. JR Hildebrand



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Scott Dixon watching the action on Pole Day for the 2011 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 21. [Picture credit:  for IndyCar Media]
Scott Dixon and Pippa Mann run side-by-side on track during Car Day practice, the last chance for teams to shake out their cars and make final set-up changes before Sunday`s race. Friday, May 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. [Photo credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media.]
Drivers go stir crazy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after rain washes out practice on Wednesday, May 18 - resulting in Scott Dixon leading drivers taking up the Internet craze of
Scott Dixon locks up his brakes on track before setting the fastest time at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during Sunday warm-up for the MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225. August 2011. [Photo credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media]
Scott Dixon celebrates in victory lane at Motegi. [Photo credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Ganassi`s Scott Dixon finds his front wing scraping the ground over the kerbing on the streets of Baltimore. [Photo credit: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media]
Ed Carpenter on track at Iowa (Photo by Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to a fourteenth-place finish Saturday, July 13, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Power lost the championship points lead to teammate Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet IndyCar V6, who finished eighth. (Photo by Dan Streck/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, races to a third-place finish Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6, takes over the championship points lead with an eighth-place finish. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races teammate Tony Kanaan, driver of the #10 TNT Energy Drink Ganassi Racing Chevrolet V6, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Dixon won the pole and finished in fourth-place. Kanaan led for most of the race and finished third. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Helio Castroneves, driver of the #3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet V6, took over the championship points lead with an eighth-place finish Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (Photo by Brett Moist/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan lead the pack at the start of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Incident between Mikhail Aleshin and Takuma Sato bring out the first yellow flag of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Incident between Mikhail Aleshin and Takuma Sato bring out the first yellow flag of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Tony Kanaan leads the field during the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The #28 Andretti Autosport team celebrates victory (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay gets a new ride (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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