In the wake of his sixth IndyCar Series title win, attention has turned to Scott Dixon’s future in the sport.
The Kiwi is nearing his 20th anniversary with Ganassi Racing — an unprecedented partnership that’s seen Dixon become the second most awarded driver in American open-wheel racing history.
At 40-years-old, Dixon acknowledges that he’s contracted to do three more years with Ganassi Racing. And speaking to The AM Show earlier today, he expects to potentially do more seasons after that.
“It’s hard to put a number on it. Contractually, we are looking at three years and then what comes after that is hard to say,” he said.
“Takuma Sato, who won the Indy 500 this year, is 45, [Tony Kanaan] is 46 and Jimmy Johnson, who is joining me next season, is 45. I’ve just turned 40, so maybe a good five years.
“I love the sport and right now I’m pretty happy where I am at, having just won another championship. I can’t wait to get going again.”
The biggest blot in Dixon’s IndyCar career is a lack of victories at Indianapolis. He has only won the Indy 500 once, in 2008, and is hungry to add to that tally in the coming seasons.
“[The Indy 500] is the hardest race to win. To get everything right in that three-and-a-half-hour period is insanely hard,” he said. “I’m very lucky to be on a shortlist of less than 70 people to have won the race and it’s an even shorter list to have won multiple, so that’s the goal.”
Dixon’s success in IndyCar extends beyond the six titles. For the last 16 years Dixon has won at least one race in each season, achieving a level of consistent success that many other champions around the world can’t match.
Over the same period of time, he’s only been beaten in the standings by a Ganassi teammate four times — three times by Dario Franchitti and once by the late Dan Wheldon.