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Scott Dixon begins defense of his IndyCar Series title

Scott Dixon begins defense of his IndyCar Series title

Veteran New Zealand driver Scott Dixon will begin his title defense this Sunday in St. Petersburg at the start of the 2019 IndyCar Series season, in which Spaniard Fernando Alonso will attempt to complete his list of achievements in the Indianapolis 500.

At 38 years old, Dixon is already one of the drivers who made history in the most popular single-seater championship in the United States.

Dixon has a total of 43 victories (44 including a success in the ChampCar, championship absorbed by Indycar), 29 pole positions and five champion titles (2003, 2008, 2013, 2015 and 2018).

But team leader Chip Ganassi has never managed to string together two titles in a row.

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“It is something that needs to be corrected, we have been close a few times, but there are always periods of three or five years between two titles,” Dixon told the Racer website.

Although he only won three races in 2018, Dixon has shown incredible consistency, finishing 13 times in the top five of the 17 races on the calendar.

“This is the key to success, but we can do even better, especially in qualifying and on street circuits,” said the 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner.

But the highlight of the year will be the 103rd edition of the Indianapolis 500, on May 26, where Fernando Alonso, retired from F1, will try to complete his record and win the “Triple Crown” after his successes in the Grand Prix. Monaco in F1 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in endurance. AFP

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