Chip Ganassi’s Ford EcoBoost DP team will need a minor miracle to happen in order to win the Prototype title in IMSA’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and they’ve chosen the right man for the job.
Fresh from winning his fourth Verizon IndyCar Series championship on Aug. 30 (RIGHT), Scott Dixon knows a thing or two about big points deficits coming into the season finale, and with the New Zealander’s unbelievable come-from-behind performance in IndyCar, the team is hoping he can help co-drivers Scott Pruett and Joey Hand find the top step of the podium Saturday night.
“I enjoy these races; they’re pretty low stress for me, but also, I like that we can’t ruin our shot at the championship,” Dixon told RACER.
“We have an outside chance. A million things have to fall in place for that to happen, similar to Sonoma. So maybe we can bring them some of that luck, and we can come out of here with another championship.”
The Kiwi has a unique history at Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans event, and his appearance this weekend marks his fourth participation since 2008.
“It’s pretty cool; the last three years I’ve won the IndyCar championship, I’ve race at Petit Le Mans,” he noted. “2008, 2013, and this year. I was here in 2009, too, in the Acura P1 car. The racing is fun, the fans here are fantastic – hopefully the weather doesn’t hinder it too much. Plain and simple: I don’t have to do this race; I’m here because I want to be because I enjoy it.”
Dixon opened his year in grand style by winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona with Ganassi (BELOW), and followed it up by winning his last race at Sonoma. With victorious bookends already in place for 2015, Dixon says he doesn’t mind the risks that come with adding one more race to his schedule with the 10-hour Petit Le Mans event.
“To win the championship would be outstanding, but we come here to race and to win, and while it would be cool to open and close the year with wins, I can get another one if things go our way here,” he said.
“From the first session so far, the car looks good, and if it rains, it would make things pretty interesting. Attrition is always high here, and if we get to the end of the race, I think we’ll have a good shot.”