Before this weekend’s GoPro Grand Prix at Sonoma, many IndyCar fans had their money on either Juan Pablo Montoya or Graham Rahal to win the 2015 series championship. However Scott Dixon proved to be the strongest driver on race day, winning at Sonoma and locking down the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship for the fourth time ever.
Following the race, Dixon was officially crowned the 2015 champ at the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration at the Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco. He was given the series’ Astor Challenge Cup trophy at the ceremony and also a $1 million bonus check, presented to him by Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar parent company Hulman & Co..
“I’m fortunate to drive in IndyCar and with this team for 14 years,” Dixon said. “With the depth of the competition, winning a championship in IndyCar is challenging and gratifying. It’s all the small pieces that you have to get out of the car, and this year especially with the introduction of the aero kits. As a team, I think we really do a good job. I couldn’t be prouder of the whole team’s efforts.”
Also given to Dixon was a Jostens Champions Award ring valued at $10,000 and the Sunoco Diamond Performance Award for winning the most races, a $75,000 prize. Other awards handed out included the ‘Don’t Crack Under Pressure’ award given to Graham Rahal for making the most passes and the Verizon P1 Award for scoring the most points among the year’s pole sitters.