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To be perfectly up front, we at IRR are fans of our bosom buddies Scott Dixon and Tom Hanks. Who wouldn’t be? If you love excellence – quality racing and entertaining movies – then these are your stars. They both make a huge splash, either in victory lane or at the box office. When you’ve seen one of their performances, you rarely go away feeling as if it was anything less than big.
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Dixon’s and Hanks’ respective careers have shot nearly to the moon, except for one small glitch. They’re both just sort of normal, boring guys, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Except that being unexciting and straight laced, like Dan Aykroyd’s character Sgt. Friday in Dragnet, doesn’t draw adoration or even much attention from the press. It can even lead to scorn.
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Both Dixie and Hanks were born near the Pacific Ocean in July, though twenty four years apart. The ocean separated them as much as the years, for Dixie’s from far off tiny (for a country) New Zealand while Hankie’s from far off large (for a state) California. They’re both among the senior statesmen of their professions now at ages 34 and 58, respectively. When it comes to consistent acting these two are exemplary, delivering guaranteed good to great results. Wilson even reminds one of Target’s symbol.
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Perhaps at times Dixon feels a bit like a castaway on some lonely island, for he certainly doesn’t get the recognition he deserves as the series’ active driver with the most wins. This comes from being an upstanding citizen and an unflashy personality – unfashionable as those are. Like Dixie, Hanks is a rather low-key family man at least for Hollywood who loves his wife and kids. By the way, can you believe Hanks has only one Oscar?
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Just as Forrest Gump was perpetually in motion, Scott too is a man who just keeps running and running – and he does so up front, season after season. The “Ice Man’s” career racing record is extremely impressive. In two hundred and thirty eight IndyCar starts including 2001-02 in CART, Dixon has scored thirty five wins, one hundred and nineteen top fives and one hundred and sixty five top tens by our count – we’ll also point out his website needs updated. That’s an outstanding 10 winning percentage to go along with the championships he wins every five years – 2003, 2008 and 2013 – and an Indianapolis 500 victory in 2008.
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Like many entertaining Tom Hanks films – Saving Private Ryan is among our favorites – Dixie’s performances year in and year out are money in the bank. The Da Vinci Code series wasn’t referenced because we haven’t seen it, although we have seen Dixie win the 500 and expect to see him do so again. When he does win, Scott handles it with style and class. Similar to the less than flamboyant film star, Scottie’s talents are both underrated and underappreciated in this mindless media age. Speaking of underappreciated, see Hanks in “The Terminal” if you haven’t. It’s a terrific holiday film.
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