Scott Dixon was unfazed by Will Power’s 20-point lead before the final

SALINAS, Calif. – Scott Dixon has been in nearly a dozen serious IndyCar title fights and up to the last minute, but for the six-time champion, they all feel unique. The resounding wins, the close calls, the Juan Pablo Montoya tiebreaker and the heartbreaking loss in 2007 when he ran out of gas with a championship on his hands and a half lap to go.

Regardless of how Sunday’s three-way race with Josef Newgarden and Will Power goes, the 42-year-old Dixon expects to navigate a new version of elation or disappointment.

Earlier this week, IndyStar motorsports insider Nathan Brown had an exclusive Q&A with the decorated champion. Below is that conversation, edited and condensed for greater clarity where necessary.

Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon (9) does an interview in the pit lane on Sunday, May 22, 2022, during the second day of qualifying for race 106 of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Nathan Brown: You said two years ago that after winning title No. 6, you would be able to think about the potential of tying AJ Foyt’s record 7 championships. How much does that historic mark weigh on you this week?

Scott Dixon: I think the best way to think about it is if you make it. I don’t like to think about possibilities. I think it’s easier to treat it like another race weekend. We know what we have to do, and we’ll know more once we get to race day about bonus points and stuff like that. Trust me, it’s amazing to be just one away, but just getting one is really, really hard. I think you look back and you’re happy and excited for all six, but I also think you think more about the ones that got away, maybe. It’s definitely a big deal, and trust me, it’s something I’d love to accomplish.

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