Scott Dixon Signs Multi-Year Deal with Chip Ganassi Racing Beginning in 2019 …

Posted: August 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

Kiwi Leads INDYCAR Points on the Strength of Series-Leading Three Wins in 2018

 INDIANAPOLIS (August 13, 2018) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that four-time INDYCAR Champion, 44-time Winner and Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon has signed a multi-year deal with its Verizon IndyCar Series team that will see the 38-year-old Kiwi begin a CGR record 18th season in 2019 behind the wheel of the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda.

Often referred to as the best Indy car driver of his generation, Dixon holds the distinction of having the most wins of any active Verizon IndyCar Series driver (44), which ranks third all-time – only behind legendary drivers A.J. Foyt (67) and Mario Andretti (52). The 2018 season is his 17th driving for CGR, the longest tenure for any driver in team history. Dixon is currently leading the Verizon IndyCar Series point’s championship by +46 on the strength of a series-best three wins (Detroit I, Texas and Toronto) with four rounds remaining. He recently became just the ninth driver to compete in 300 races – and was the youngest to reach the milestone – joining Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Al Unser Jr., Johnny Rutherford, Michael Andretti, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves.

CGR’s Verizon IndyCar Series teams have amassed 11 IndyCar championships and more than 100 wins, while overall (including teams across NASCAR and IMSA) CGR can claim 18 championships and over 200 wins. The 2018 season marked the team’s 29th of IndyCar competition.

Team Owner Chip Ganassi: “I think when you mention the name Scott Dixon, the numbers and the records start to speak for themselves. We have achieved a lot together, but there are no signs of him slowing down. He’s still the guy the championship goes through, and you know you have to beat him to get on the top step. He’s a driver that’s always thinking about the next race and how he’s going to approach it, attack it and ultimately win it. I’m very happy that we have the opportunity to continue this relationship and look forward to many more successful years together.”

Dixon commented: “I have always said I have a massive amount of respect for Chip and what he’s done in this sport. This is not an easy business. His resume speaks for itself, and he’s the type of team owner any driver would want to drive for. He gives you the tools you need to go out and get the job done, with the right group of people. This team has been like a family to me since way back in 2002, and I’m glad I’ll be here trying to fight for more wins, championships and Indianapolis 500s for years to come.

The film below, produced in 2015, gives a brief insight into the racing life of Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 30 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include two cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, one car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, two factory Ford GT’s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and two factory Ford GT’s in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Overall his teams have 18 championships and over 200 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, eight Rolex 24 At Daytonas the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis, and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh.

A new Dixon Documentary is scheduled to to be released this fall — In May of 2017, Dixon joined Team Owner Chip Ganassi and officials from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Group (UPHE Content Group) prior to the Indianapolis 500 to announce production of Born Racer, a feature-length documentary. A powerful and inspirational story of dedication, fear and one athlete’s will to defy personal limitations, the documentary will blend cutting-edge race footage, intimate observational filming and unparalleled access to Dixon, Ganassi and the race team, and those who know the driver best to present a seminal study of one of the greatest race teams in motor sports The film was shot in the U.S., New Zealand and  France and is scheduled to debut this Fall.

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  1. Bill Behlman says:

    Congrats Scott, now go out and win the championship and next years Indy 500.

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