Scott Dixon makes his 300th IndyCar start on Sunday here at Mid-Ohio, but where he makes his first start in 2019 remains to be seen.
The four-time IndyCar champion and current point leader’s contract with Chip Ganassi expires in five more races and it appears he’s either going to re-up with Ganassi for his 20th season or jump to Zak Brown’s McLaren effort if, in fact. it materializes for next season.
“I’ve got a couple of options, yes,” Dixon replied when asked about his future. “And I was hoping to have everything done by the end of this month but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.
“But I think I’ll be fine.”
The rumor started last April that Dixon might be headed for Andretti Autosport and escalated when Brown admitted he was looking at a two-car team as part of Michael Andretti’s operation that would include two-time F1 champ Fernando Alonso.
Last month RACER confirmed that McLaren had made Dixon an offer for 2019.
And the number $8 million has been thrown around for a salary.
“Is that for one year?” said Dixon, breaking into a smile. “I hadn’t heard that. I wish.”
Michael Andretti told RACER on Friday at Mid-Ohio that Alonso wants to run the full season if he does come to IndyCar, but nobody is sure what the popular Spaniard is going to do in 2019, while Dixon might fancy running for the team named for New Zealand’s Bruce McLaren.
“It’s nice to be wanted,” said the 38-year-old Kiwi, who is eight wins away from Mario Andretti on IndyCar’s all-time winner’s list. “But it is kinda funny to read the different versions of what I’m going to be doing. Pretty entertaining.”
But as flattering as it might be to have McLaren interested, Dixon also knows he’s with one of the best teams in motorsports that features great pit stops and good communication with engineer Chris Simmons. It’s been his home for almost two decades, and it’s tough to see him leaving.
He says he’d like to sign a two or three-year contract which would take him into his 40s.
“It’s all good,” he said. “Just have to get things buttoned up.”