Scott Dixon has received his $1 million bonus cheque for securing the 2008 IndyCar Series title in a ceremony in a Las Vegas casino.
Dixon and Firestone Indy Lights champion Raphael Matos - along with other drivers, teams and manufacturers – were recognised during the Indy Racing League Championship Celebration at The Palms resort. The honorees were entertained by iconic comedians and magicians Penn and Teller.
Brian Barnhart, president of the competition and operations division of the Indy Racing League, presented Dixon with a $1 million championship bonus cheque and his mini IndyCar Series championship trophy. A mini IndyCar Series championship trophy was also awarded to Target Chip Ganassi Racing owner Chip Ganassi.
"To win this title is so much sweeter than the one I won in 2003," Dixon said. "When I won the first championship, I didn't realise what I had won. To win this title, in the way the series was this year with the merge, makes it something I can cherish."
In addition to the championship bonus, Dixon accepted the $25,000 DIRECTV HD Crystal Clear Moment of the Year Award, $10,000 Bosch Platinum Award and received a $100,000 diamond-encrusted champion's timepiece from Ritmo Mundo.
Ricky Davis, chief mechanic for Dixon's #9 Honda-powered Dallara, accepted the PEAK Motor Oil IndyCar Series Chief Mechanic of the Year Award and its $25,000 prize.
Hideki Mutoh of Andretti Green Racing accepted the $50,000 Bombardier LearJet Rookie of the Year Award and was recognised with the Firestone IndyCar Series Rising Star award. Vitor Meira accepted the Xtrac Championship Award and its $5,000 prize, while Tony Kanaan won the MAC Tools Lap Leader Award.
Matos accepted the Firestone Firehawk Cup along with a $5,000 award from Lincoln Electric, the $5,000 prize as the winner of the Lucas Oil Rookie of the Year Award, $5,000 as the winner of the MAC Tools Lap Leader Award and a championship watch from Ritmo Mundo valued at $25,000. Firestone also awarded a paiting by motorsports artist Jim Swintall to Matos to commemorate his title.
"It means a lot," the 27-year-old said. "It's my most important (title) and the result of a big effort by AFS/Andretti Green crew and I couldn't have landed the ride with Luczo Dragon without the win."
Jayson Madison, chief mechanic for Matos' #27 AFS Racing/Andretti Green Racing entry, accepted $5,000 as Mo'sGold Chief Mechanic of the Year.
Dillon Battistini of Panther Racing claimed the $5,000 Gregory & Appel Securing Tomorrow Award, while James Davison of Sam Schmidt Motorsports claimed the Sunoco Most Improved Driver and its $10,000 prize for improving the most total positions during the 2008 season.