Most people probably assume athletes never take the time to read fan mail. Well, Verizon IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon does a lot more than that.
Remember that 9-year-old Dixon fan named Lucy who wrote a letter to thank IndyCar for keeping her favorite driver save during his huge Indianapolis 500 crash? Dixon initially responded to Lucy’s note in a tweet two days after his wreck that ended with, “Hope I get a chance to meet you one day” — and that day finally came Thursday.
Dixon, who just returned from competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, paid Lucy a surprise visit at her home in Indianapolis. IndyCar tweeted a short clip from the moment she met the four-time champion.
The video gives us a good look at her reaction, but IndyCar also posted a picture that shows Dixon’s and Lucy’s facial expressions once she realized who was in the car.
Lucy was right to thank IndyCar for Dixon surviving his run-in with the catch fence at Indy, but apparently he wasn’t completely unharmed.
Dixon was given a walking boot by the medical staff at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and during the Detroit Grand Prix, he complained of pain in his left foot while braking. What’s more, the cockpit layout of the Ford GT he drove at Le Mans exacerbated the issue, forcing him to revert to right-foot braking.