Whether or not the IndyCar Series, CART, USAC, Champ Car World Series and AAA record books are ever fully merged (and let's hope that the CCWS records can be integrated soon), let us congratulate Scott Dixon on his 20th career IndyCar Series victory. With the dominating win, Dixon passed Sam Hornish Jr. for the most wins in Indy Racing League history.
Now, just as expectations for the racing at Mid-Ohio were tempered coming off of the fantastic finish the week prior, so too are the accolades for Dixon. Yes, 20 wins under the IRL sanctioning body is more than any other driver has accomplished and should be celebrated.
And while comparing eras is difficult, Dixon is still tied for 19th on the all-time IndyCar wins list with 21 (20 IRL, 1 CART), trailing Paul Tracy and Helio Castroneves (the New Zealander is tied with teammate Dario Franchitti). Continuing to climb this list will be paramount for Dixon to bring not only more recognition for his accomplishments, but add to the legitimacy of his mark.
None the less, congratulations to Dixon. While the racing yesterday may not have been exciting due to just about everything we outlined here, watching Dixon's team crush every other team by nearly 30 seconds was damn impressive.
Think about it this way: when Michael Jordan was dominating basketball, or the New York Yankees were cruising through a baseball season, did you not pay attention? What Dixon did yesterday was akin to that, as he was head-and-shoulders above anyone else in the field. Unfortunately, that domination probably does not capture the casual viewer.
Now, we'll have two weeks to sit on a race in which there was little passing, unless done in the pits or when someone went off track. Instead of having the Kentucky finish on the mind (please Versus continue to show highlights of this race in your commercials), Mid-Ohio is the last taste in the mouth for many.
And while for some that taste is not as bitter (count me among that), for others they will see the same old boring road course racing, unfortunately.