Scott Dixon's achievement in winning the New Zealand Sportsman of the Year award is an incredible honour both for Scott and for motorsport," MotorSport New Zealand president Steven Kennedy said today.
Scott Dixon is now the second motor racing driver to win the Halberg Sportsman of the Year award - Denny Hulme achieving the same feat 42 years ago in 1967.
"It is a first for the sport in this country and recognition for the first time that motor racing is indeed a true sport. It has been discounted as a sport by various funding bodies over the years when we have sought support for outstanding performers.
"Scott's award is a clear statement by sports commentators and acknowledgement of the huge physical performance required of top motor racing drivers.
"Scott had a distinguished career in New Zealand as a young driver and had an immediate impact when he began racing in the United States. His achievements since put him on a pinnacle among the great motorsport names in New Zealand history," he said.
"MotorSport New Zealand also acknowledges and congratulates the other Halberg Awards winners, in particular Valerie Vili and twins Georgina Earl and Caroline Evers-Swindell."
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