Defending IndyCar Series champion New Zealander Scott Dixon, 28, has won the Road Runner Turbo Indy 3000 at Kansas Speedway. “We needed something,” Dixon said. “You know, even a sniff of something. Because so far all we’ve had is a sniff of the tail end of the field.” The victory was the 17th of Dixon’s career, second only to the 19 won by Sam Hornish Jr., now competing in NASCAR. He also vaulted from 17th to fourth in the points standings. “Every year, I set two major goals,” Dixon said. “At the top of the list is to win Indy; second is to win the championship. Indy comes early … you can chase the championship later in the year. So we had to come out fighting. More importantly, going into the 500, it’s huge for the team.” Dixon next races in the 93rd Indianapolis 500 scheduled to be run on May 24. He was selected 2008 New Zealand Sportsman of the Year at the Halberg Awards held in February 2009.