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THE GREAT CHASE

NOW THAT HE HAS WON FIVE INDYCAR SEASON TITLES, HOW DOES SCOTT DIXON COMPARE WITH THE SPORT'S ALL-TIME GREATS?
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WITH A SECOND-PLACE finish on the road course at Sonoma Raceway on Sept. 16, Scott Dixon locked up his fifth IndyCar championship. "To do that in this era of racing with reliability the way it is, the evenness and competitiveness of teams, is unbelievable," said race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay. Dixon's accomplishment puts the New Zealand native firmly in the conversation when it comes to the greatest open-wheel racer in history. Only A.J. Foyt has more season titles (seven), and Dixon's three wins in 17 starts this year give him 44 victories and a winning percentage of 14.5% in his 18-year open-wheel career. (He spent a year and a half in CART before joining Chip Ganassi Racing, his team since 2002.) That's more wins in fewer starts than Al Unser, and a better percentage than Mario Andretti.

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SCOTT DIXON

44 WINS

303 STARTS

A.J. FOYT

67 WINS

369 STARTS

MARIO ANDRETTI

52 WINS

407 STARTS

AL UNSER

39 WINS

322 STARTS

RACE AGAINST TIME

SCOTT DIXON

2001--present

Dixon's trophy case compares favorably with most of the greats'—but he's got his work cut out if he's going to catch Foyt.

INDY 500 WINS: 1

CHAMPIONSHIPS: 5

A.J. FOYT

1957--1993

INDY 500 wins: 4

Championships: 7

MARIO ANDRETTI

1964--1994

INDY 500 WINS: 1

CHAMPIONSHIPS: 4

AL UNSER SR.

1964--1994

INDY 500 WINS: 4

CHAMPIONSHIPS: 3