born racer

Director: bryn evans (from street to sky, hip hop - eration)

documentary

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

five-time IndyCar World Champion Scott Dixon, one of New Zealand's most accomplished professional racing drivers, exploring the passion and dedication required to compete in one of the world's most dangerous sports.

Even though my family are a bunch of 'petrol heads' I'm far from it. I like cars, I like the way the 'cool' ones look, but I know absolutely nothing about them. But Born Racer is a fascinating insight into another world and into the drive of one of the legends of the sport. 

Born Racer is an access-all-areas lens into the world of four-time IndyCar World Champion (five-time winner after the doco) Scott Dixon, the Ganassi racing team and all the people who are passionate about the world of motor racing, this film asks why some individuals feel compelled to court danger and uniquely risk their lives in order to win. 

The story takes us back to Dixon's beginnings as a young racer in New Zealand and follows him through the 2017 season including his spectacular crash. Annoyingly for the film makers he didn't win the IndyCar World Champion that year but in the following year. 

One of the great things about Born Racer is not so much the insight we get into Dixon and his career but all the people that surround him that fuel and support his career. We see the sacrifices that his wife, his parents, and the whole team make that have allowed Dixon to be where he is today. 

We also get a glimpse into his life and especially the heartbreaking death of one of his team mates. It does scratch a little below the surface but not incredibly deep - Dixon is a very private and retiring kind of guy. 

Born Racer is a terrific insight into the life of Scott Dixon and the world of IndyCar.

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Born Racer is available on DVD and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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