Dixon Banks $100,000 Double-Up Bonus

Scott Dixon (9) completed a sweep of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader with a dominant performance on Sunday afternoon. (Al Steinberg photo)
Scott Dixon (9) completed a sweep of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader with a dominant performance on Sunday afternoon. (Al Steinberg photo)

TORONTO — For the first time in IZOD IndyCar Series history they were finally able to stage a standing start without incident. Scott Dixon was so dominant in starting from the pole he provided a standing finish.

Dixon dominated Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto “2 in T.O.” at Exhibition Place leading twice for 81 laps of the 85-lap contest. His Dallara/Honda was never passed on the race course building leads of over 15 seconds.

It was Dixon’s third victory in a row and his third in an eight-day span – a very rare feat that has only been accomplished twice in history. Mario Andretti won a race at Langhorne, Pennsylvania on July 30, 1968 and scored a double-header sweep at St. Jovite, Quebec, Aug. 6, 1968. Al Unser won five races from July 13 to July 28, 1969 including a win at Nazareth, Pennsylvania and two double-header sweeps — July 21 at Indianapolis Raceway Park and July 28 at Langhorne.

Dixon won last Sunday’s Pocono INDYCAR 400 Fueled by Sunoco at Pocono Raceway, then won both the Saturday and Sunday 85-lap races at Toronto this weekend. He won the $100,000 SONAX Perfect Finish Award for winning both contests.

The 32nd victory of his career also put him in historic company. He is in sole possession of seventh place in the all-time victory list breaking a tie with Paul Tracy, Dario Franchitti and Sebastien Bourdais. He also became the winningest active driver IndyCar driver and the drivers that are ahead of him are the Mount Rushmore names of the sport — three Unsers, two Andrettis and a Foyt.

Al Unser Jr. is just two wins ahead of Dixon and Bobby Unser looms ahead with 35 wins. Al Unser has 39 victories, Michael Andretti 42, Mario Andretti 52 and A.J. Foyt is the winningest IndyCar driver in history with 67.

“Moving closer to some of these guys, years ago I didn’t think I’d ever be in this position,” Dixon said. “I was a happy kid from New Zealand racing cars, then it worked into one day I was actually getting paid to race cars. It was a win-win situation.

“I know a few of the guys. P.T. (Tracy) I’ve known for a few years now — maybe not as close as my teammate Dario. He’s a character. Obviously a guy that I idolized with his aggression and the way that he really wheeled a car around. He was definitely exciting to watch.

“I’m sure he (Tracy) didn’t want me to win today. But I’ll probably see him later tonight.

“For me I think stats are for maybe when you retire, you kind of look back on it. No disrespect to anybody or anything about it. I want to race. I hope we can win more races together. But to be on that list it’s amazing to be among those names. What I hope for is we can win a few more.”

More importantly than the wins, the $100,000 bonus and the big names he has joined are the points.