A series of rumors and reports pointing to a possible departure from Chip Ganassi Racing for four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon have culminated in his signing of a multi-year deal with the team.
Said to have been pursued by Andretti Autosport and McLaren for its not-finalized program among other forces in the paddock, Dixon elected to continue in his role as Ganassi’s lead pilot.
Beyond moving forward with the team he’s been with for nearly two decades, the 38-year-old New Zealand native will participate in a second year of sponsorship activation for new full-season supporter PNC Bank.
Only A.J Foyt and Mario Andretti have more Indy car race victories to their name than Dixon, whose 18th season with Ganassi in 2019 will mark the team’s 30th in open-wheel racing.
The announcement from the team did not state how many years are included in the new contract.
“He gives you the tools you need to go out and get the job done, with the right group of people,” Dixon said of team owner Chip Ganassi. “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.”
Four races remain for Dixon to secure his fifth IndyCar title, beginning Aug. 19 with the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. On the strength of three wins, Dixon holds an advantage of 46 points over fellow Honda driver Alexander Rossi.