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Scott Dixon (center) shares the podium with Paul Tracy (left) and Kenny Brack after his first Indy car victory at Pennsylvania’s Nazareth Speedway on May 6, 2001. (SPEED SPORT Archives photo)

GLORY DAYS: 20-Year-Old Dixon Is Unlikely CART Winner

Rookie Scott Dixon scored an unlikely victory in the Lehigh Valley Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway, round three of the FedEx Championship Series.

The 20-year-old New Zealander kept his cool and used perfect pit strategy from his PacWest team to take over from the late Greg Moore as the youngest winner of an Indy car race.

Dixon held off Team Rahal’s Kenny Brack by 0.366 second, with Paul Tracy coming home third in the Kool Honda Reynard, 1.344 seconds back. Dixon’s run from 23rd to first was bettered in a CART Champ Car race only once, when Mike Mosely drove to victory from 25th on the grid to win at the Milwaukee Mile in 1981.

This story appeared in the March 20 edition of the SPEED SPORT Insider.