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Yet, over the course of our photo shoot, Frank's answers to Scott's questions cause curiosity to blossom into genuine interest, and eventually he lays down $150 in cash for a couple of Lotus Indy 500 press packs, containing an abundance of Jim Clark material. Since Chip Ganassi Racing switched to the D-H combo, Dixon's always gone to the last round in title contention, clinching it in 2008, and finishing runner-up in '07 and '09. Another decade at his current rate of success - 22 wins including a victory in his rookie Champ Car season of 2001 - will see him lie third behind A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti in the all-time Indy car (as opposed to IndyCar) standings.
046_RA0310 1/27/10 9:54 AM DIXIE SHOPPER 46 MARCH 2010 047_RA0310 1/27/10 9:55 AM Making History Scott Dixon is starting to appreciate the magnitude of Indy car heritage, but not his place within its latest chapter. By David Malsher Main Image Steve Swope Photography urrounded by the awe-inspiring memorabilia that drips off S the walls and bows the shelves of The Mail Room on West 16th Street, barely half a mile from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Scott Dixon initially looks out of place. He’s making Indy car history at about the same rate as the shop’s owners, Frank and Jennell Gilbert, are acquiring it, but modesty has made him oblivious to that. Yet, over the course of our photo shoot, Frank’s answers to Scott’s questions cause curiosity to blossom into genuine interest, and eventually he lays down $150 in cash for a couple of Lotus Indy 500 press packs, containing an abundance of Jim Clark material. These are, he says, “to wind up Dario” – or to sell on to his Clark-worshipping teammate Franchitti for a profit, perhaps. Despite becoming the most successful driver in IndyCar Series history last year, with 21 victories to his name, Dixon certainly doesn’t appreciate – probably hasn’t even considered – how desirable his associated ephemera could be in Indy car memorabilia stores in years to come. So suggest to him that he’s the series driver of the last decade, and he shies away like a horse from a snake. “Whoah! Er...,” he stumbles. “That’s something that would be nice to hear, but not something I’d say to myself or to anyone on the street. That’s not the sort of person I am. A lot of credit goes to the Ganassi team, which I’ve been with since I came to IndyCar and this team’s record speaks for itself – not just for winning races, but also consistency: just look at the last four years. “I’m just really thankful to be in that situation. There are so MARCH 2010 47 048_RA0310 1/2
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