Dixon's tally of six top-level North American open-wheeler titles is second only to AJ Foyt's seven, and he moved to outright second all-time on another significant metric with his victory in the most recent race of the season.
Again, only Foyt is ahead, on 67 wins.
Dixon prevailed only by a tenth of a second in Nashville, with McLaughlin following him across the finish line.
“To go toe to toe with Scotty, it was awesome,” said McLaughlin of his battle with Dixon.
“There's definitely that starstruck [factor] is gone.
“We're probably more mates now, which is cool, and to call your hero ‘mate' is pretty cool.
“He is just a phenomenal guy, he is the greatest of all time, in my opinion, and I think he doesn't get enough respect in New Zealand for what he's achieved.
“I think he is a phenomenal race car driver, phenomenal bloke, and to go toe-to-toe with him is a very cool thing for me in my racing career and it's like a bucket list thing.”
Dixon is second in the series and McLaughlin sixth with three races to go.
The next event, the last of 2022 on an oval, is that at Gateway on August 19-20 (local time).
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