37-year-old IndyCar racer Scott Dixon from New Zealand has a contract that is about to expire at Chip Ganassi Racing, the team that he has been with since 2002 after coming over from Pacwest Racing in CART. Dixon has captured 42 wins, 4 championships and the 2008 Indianapolis 500 with Chip Ganassi Racing.
McLaren is about to enter the Verizon IndyCar series sooner or later, most likely in 2019 and is looking to get there program on the right foot as soon as they are on the grid in St Petersburg.
Everybody including myself would have that after Fernando Alonso’s performance in his Indy 500 debut would automatically make him there go to guy. Well, not so fast.
Autoweek has reported that Scott Dixon has confirmed that he has been reached by McLaren about joining their IndyCar program in 2019.
Scott Dixon has claimed that he has not confirmed on what his 2019 plans are and that he is focused on capturing his 5th series championship in 2018.
“My focus is winning more races and a championship in 2018 with Chip” Dixon told Autoweek.
Dixon has known McLaren CEO Zak Brown since 1999 but has never really talked about joining forces with him or anybody else.
“We constantly talk to other people, but it’s not in a situation where we are shopping around or looking to move. I have known Zak since 1999 when he was running track attack so I’ve known that guy for a long time.”
There are rumors that McLaren has offered Dixon a 3-year deal to drive their IndyCar starting in 2019. This will certainly be something to watch as with this surfacing means that silly season has started early this year.
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