Julian was Dixon's crew chief until his promotion to his current position at the conclusion of the 2021 season, and hence has intimate knowledge of what makes his fellow New Zealander tick.
He says there are several elements which make the ‘Ice Man' one of the modern-day greats, including one which few may have known.
“First, his drive and commitment is remarkable to me,” remarked Julian in a team Q&A.
“He trains incredibly hard and is extremely committed to his craft.
“But what I don't think people realise about him is his ability to understand and keep track of what others are doing throughout the races.
“Whether it's pit strategies, pace, tyre life or whatever it might be, his ability to not only manage his own car but the rest of the field, as well, is mind-blowing.
“It's incredible to see how he can process everything while still driving at that high of a level.”
Dixon is not only the most prolific active IndyCar driver, but has achieved his success after getting out of gaol on any number of occasions.
His two race wins in the 2023 season illustrate the point too.