“Stat stuff is great to look back on, but for me it’s just trying to get the maximum that we can,” said Dixon, who collected his fifth top-five finish of the season. “It would be great to look back and think that’s a lot more than 30 or 31.
“Dario has been doing it a little bit longer, and hopefully I can continue a little bit longer. To be on the list of names that we are encroaching on is for myself and Dario and Bourdais very exciting. There are some massive legends out there, people I’ve looked up to my whole career, and to be on a list not far from them is pretty exciting.”
Dixon, who won the IZOD IndyCar Series championship in 2003 and ’08, jumped from seventh to fourth in the standings into title contention with the victory by .457 of a second over Charlie Kimball in the 160-lap race on the 2.5-mile tri-oval.
He’s 65 points behind Helio Castroneves with seven consecutive road/street course races directly ahead. That includes the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where he’s won the past two years. Also, both races in Toronto pay full points.
“I hope that at Mid‑Ohio we have our typical tendency to do well there,” Dixon said. “Toronto also is going to create some great racing. I wish we started the year a little more positive and we wouldn’t have to work so hard in the summer months. But I think that we have a lot of good racetracks coming up.”