Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon has been recognized by his homeland with the awarding of New Zealand’s Order of Merit.
Announced as part of The Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Dixon’s bestowment by Queen Elizabeth II has been made for his contributions to motor racing.
The five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner was moved to learn of the award and ceremony presentation later this month at the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace in England.
“It’s definitely a huge honor and totally different to any kind of racing accolade,” Dixon said of the decoration that celebrates an individual’s impact on society. “I think of being very lucky and fortunate on the racing side of things; we’ve achieved a lot. But to get a recognition like that, very people do, to get the companion award is something I’m very proud of. But also for my family, my mum and dad and then all the people that actually helped me to get to where I am. I think that’s more of a giving award.”