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  • Article by: DAN GELSTON , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: July 17, 2013 - 3:59 PM

"I started this when? I was 20 or 21 — I was probably trying to think of where to go that night instead of what my future was holding," he said.

With his two wins at Toronto, Dixon passed teammate Dario Franchitti, Paul Tracy and Sebastien Bourdais, who all have 31. But Dixon has a ton of ground to gain on the competition: Tracy has retired from full-time IndyCar competition and Bourdais is saddled with inferior equipment at Dragon Racing. Franchitti turned 40 this year and nobody knows — including him — how long he'll continue racing full-time.

Dixon turns 33 next week and has a lot of racing left in his future while driving for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, where he's been since the fourth race of the 2002 season.

"I tried to just concentrate on it on a day-by-day basis, week-by-week," he said. "I'm very fortunate to have 31 of those wins with this team, 12 years with this team. I think me and Helio (Castroneves) are probably the longest active drivers with one team, which I think says a lot for the wins we've had and what we've achieved together. It's cool to be on that list and moving up it."

Foyt leads all drivers with 67 wins. Mario Andretti is next with 52 followed by son Michael's 42 victories. Fourth on the list is Al Unser with 39 wins, followed by Bobby Unser at 35 and Al Unser Jr.'s 34 victories.

"It does feel amazing," Dixon said. "Moving closer to some of these guys, years ago I didn't think I'd ever be in this position. I was a happy kid from New Zealand racing cars, then it worked into one day I was actually getting paid to race cars. It was a win-win situation.

"But for me, I think stats are for maybe when you retire, you kind of look back on it. No disrespect to anybody or anything about it. I want to race. I hope we can win more races together. But to be on that list, yeah, it's amazing to be among those names. What I hope for is we can win a few more."

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GET OUT THE WAY!: Helio Castroneves knew he didn't have the car to catch Scott Dixon in Sunday's race at Toronto. He figured his only shot was on restarts, and he got two in the final 15 laps.

But IndyCar allows lapped cars to line up with the leaders on restarts before the final 10 laps of the race, and dealing with that traffic cost Castroneves his chance on the second-to-last restart.

It's a rule the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner wants changed.

"What are you going to do, 15 laps to go? You're not going to lap the field, you're not going to get your lap back," he said. "It's very unusual for you to be very lucky, get your lap back, have a very good finish. I think we should review that kind of scenario, because even if I would be in that situation, which I've been, it's not fun because what are you doing there? You're in the middle of the leaders and you can cause a big mess.

"I wasn't happy. I wish they would change that rule."

Race-winner Dixon thinks the rule should be applied based on the race track.

"I think it's more track-dependent. Indy, they say 10 laps to go, people need to get out of the way. That's a lot different to Iowa. It's a third of the size, the 10 laps go by very quickly," Dixon said. "I think for the drivers that are in those situations, they probably want to get out of the way. But they're probably also fighting for somebody that's on the same lap right around that same position."

Dixon said there's been discussion about the rule in recent driver meetings.

"It's one of those things I think some weekends it works for you, some it doesn't," he said. "Courtesy-wise, if I was in that situation, several laps down, when you're racing from a lap down, you can get your position back off strategy, that's different. But, yeah, I think if you're more than one lap down, you should probably get out of the way."

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