Watch: Behind the scenes at the Indianapolis 500 with Kiwi racing ace Scott Dixon

The Indianapolis 500 is a high octane sensory overload with the highest speeds, the largest crowd, the greatest need to win but what may have passed New Zealanders by is just how famous Kiwi driver Scott Dixon is in the US.

Fans at the iconic race rave about Dixon’s performance – both on and off the track.

"I like Scott Dixon, he is a nice guy, straight up, I've been saying that for years," one fan said.

"Isn't everybody for Dixon? He's the most popular!" said another.

TVNZ1's Seven Sharp got invited behind the scenes at the Brickyard to see how the 37-year-old four-time Indycar champion lives and relaxes away from the cameras and fans.

Watch the video for more.

Seven Sharp’s Michael Holland checked out the iconic US race track. Source: Seven Sharp


1 NEWS sports reporter Abby Wilson wins journalist of the year award at Motorsport NZ awards

1 NEWS sport's reporter and presenter Abby Wilson has won the motorsport news journalist of the year award at last night's MotorSport New Zealand awards at the TSB Arena in Wellington.

Wilson won the award after her one-on-one story on rising Kiwi F1 driver Brendon Hartley.

Her interview with Hartley was described by one judge as "insightful and fun".

It is the first time Wilson has won the accolade at the motorsport media awards.

1 NEWS sport reporter Abby Wilson.
1 NEWS sport reporter Abby Wilson. Source: 1 NEWS



'I actually live on the race circuit' - Brendon Hartley eager for F1 bow in adopted hometown Monaco

Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley is relishing a chance to drive on his home circuit at this weekend's Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, with the Toro Rosso star calling the principality home.

Hartley, 28, is believed to be under immense pressure from Italy's Toro Rosso team, having only picked up one championship point in his short Formula 1 career, yet the Palmerston North native is eager to take to the Monaco circuit this weekend.

"I've lived in Monaco for coming up for three and a half years," Hartley told the Checkered Flag.

"I actually live on the race circuit and can see the track from my apartment.

"Monaco is one of the highlights of the calendar and living here, there were times when I asked myself if I'd ever see the day that I'd actually get to race it again.

"It will be nice to wake up in my own bed and have all those routines of being at home."

The Monaco Grand Prix begins at 1:10am on Monday 28 May, NZT.

Toro Rosso driver Brendon Hartley of New Zealand sits in his car during the first practice session at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, Friday, March 23, 2018. The first race of the 2018 seasons is on Sunday. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Brendon Hartley. Source: Associated Press