Champion’s New York tour: Face time with Astor Cup

Could one fit an 18-pack (with ice) in the Astor Cup? How good are you at blindfolded darts? What's your favorite '80s group?

IZOD IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon addressed those questions and many more during a two-day media tour of New York that included TV show appearances and magazine interviews.

Dixon, who earned his third series title Oct. 19 at Auto Club Speedway, said this one is probably the sweetest considering that he was seventh in the championship standings through 10 races. The 33-year-old New Zealander won four of the final nine races and finished fifth in the season finale to edge Helio Castroneves by 27 points.

"This year was just really bizarre with the ups and downs, but it made it feel so sweet the fact that you never knew you had it until the last part. You're kind of holding on by your teeth and then after the last race to actually know you won it was pretty sweet," recounted Dixon, who is the active leader with 33 Indy car victories (one behind Al Unser Jr. for sixth) for an upcoming episode of "60 Minutes New Zealand."

On Oct. 30, he was a guest on "Crowd Goes Wild" hosted by Regis Philbin on FOX Sports 1. The Astor Cup — the series' championship trophy — also joined Dixon on the set of CNN International's "World Sport," ABC News1 and Sports News Television.

Dixon conducted interviews with ESPN the Magazine and Men's Fitness magazine.

A day earlier, Dixon was a guest on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and before arriving at the Ed Sullivan Theater to greet Letterman — co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing — he was a guest DJ on '80s on 8 at Sirius/XM, was a guest on Bloomberg News and SI Live, and sat down for interviews with Men's Journal, Complex Magazine, Athlete's Quarterly and The New York Times.

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