Dixon says NASCAR Xfinity, Bathurst are on his radar

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Dixon says NASCAR Xfinity, Bathurst are on his radar


Dixon says NASCAR Xfinity, Bathurst are on his radar


Scott Dixon has achieved more success than most professional race car drivers, and even with his fifth IndyCar Series championship recently secured, the New Zealander says there’s more he wants to achieve.

Along with his five IndyCar titles, the 38-year-old has a victory at the Indianapolis 500 and a pair of overall wins at the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona, and given the chance, he’d like to pursue more hardware in everything from stock cars to LMP1 prototypes.

“Bathurst is one,” he said of Australia’s most famous circuit. “I’d probably prefer to do the Bathurst 12 Hour in the GT spec. I’d would be very hard to jump into the [Australian] Supercar forum and compete well in that. I’d like to do that in stages.

“Le Mans is a race I’ve done; we finished on the [GTE-Pro] podium in the first year. Winning that outright would be tremendous, but [getting a seat in a] prototype is also very tough. Maybe a [NASCAR] Xfinity race. I’d love to do a road course. There are definitely other things I’d like to do, but the reality is it’s not always the easiest to pull off.”

Ross Chastain in Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR Xfinity Series Camaro at Richmond. (Image by Matthew T. Thacker/NKP/LAT)

Representing Honda in IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing and Ford in IMSA and the WEC with CGR’s factory program for the Blue Oval could, as the 38-year-old sees it, add a layer of difficulty in doing one-off races for other teams and manufacturers. The only easy path would be, if his boss agrees, driving one of CGR’s Xfinity cars at some point in the future, and with Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso venturing out into new racing disciplines, Dixon knows it’s possible.

“The cross-platform [races] are quite difficult to achieve [with] schedules and sponsors, but having said that, I think [Fernando] Alonso has opened a lot of eyes in the fact that you can switch around a little bit.” he said. “He’s done a very good job; it’s not an easy thing, he’s a huge talent and one of few that I would think would be able to pull it off. One day I hope to try a few different things.”