While fans and journalists alike enjoy the drama, speculation, and imagination that comes with offseason driver movements, four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon cooled recent rumors when Chip Ganassi Racing announced a contract extension with the driver.
The “multi-year” agreement stated in the official Chip Ganassi Racing press release is expected to be no more than three years in length. This announcement follows three months of hearsay that tied the New Zealand native to both Team Penske and the ambitious McLaren IndyCar program.
Dixon’s 2019 Honda will continue a primary sponsorship with PNC Bank, which began in March 2018 at St. Petersburg.
“I have always said I have a massive amount of respect for Chip and what he’s done in this sport,” Dixon states in the release. “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.”
To lose Dixon this fall (after what will most likely be another championship run) would have been a massive eyesore for the Ganassi IndyCar program. The experienced owner and former driver made sure not to miss on his once-in-a-generation talent.
“I think when you mention the name Scott Dixon, the numbers and the records start to speak for themselves,” Ganassi boomed. “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 and Ganassi will have an opportunity to speak further on the matter this afternoon when they meet with the media at 2:00 p.m. ET for a teleconference.
With three wins this season, Dixon is currently 46 points up on Alexander Rossi in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings. The series will visit four more tracks over the next month before the title is ultimately decided: Pocono Raceway, Gateway Motorsports Park, Portland International Raceway and Sonoma Raceway.
The ABC Supply 500 from Pocono Raceway will go green on Sunday, August 19 at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the IndyCar Radio Network.
Video courtesy of Chip Ganassi Racing.