Scott Dixon linked to McLaren Indycar team

Author
NZ Herald Staff,
Section
Motorsport,
Publish Date
Saturday, 30 June 2018, 9:39AM
Scott Dixon on the track during the Verizon IndyCar Series Kohler Grand Prix. Photo / Getty
Scott Dixon on the track during the Verizon IndyCar Series Kohler Grand Prix. Photo / Getty

Kiwi Indycars star and current series leader Scott Dixon has been linked to an off-season move away from the Chip Ganassi Racing outfit with whom he has won the Indianapolis 500 and four championships.

The 37-year-old has been identified as a target of McLaren, who are set to join the Indycar series next season.

Dixon is off-contract with Chip Ganassi and has ties to McLaren through a relationship with team boss Zak Brown.

"We constantly talk to other people, but it's not in a situation where we are shopping around or looking to move," Dixon told Autoweek.

"I have known Zak since 1999, when he was running 'Track Attack,' so I have known the guy for a long time.

"I speak to him on a frequent basis, but that has been the same for many years.

"There are always going to be talks and whenever there is a season where a few guys have their options up, it will spark talk," Dixon added.

"With new teams coming in, it sparks it even more.

"For me, it's about this season. We are really focused on trying to win this championship. The other stuff is away from the track and there is nothing really there at the minute. I'm a little surprised by all of the talk so far."

Formula 1 star and Le Mans winner Fernando Alonso has also been linked to the team – the Spaniard has been with McLaren's F1 outfit for the past few seasons and entered Indianapolis last year in a one-off drive with Andretti Racing.

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