Dixon Staying At Ganassi

Signs Multi-Year Contract Extension

Scott Stiller
August 14, 2018 - 3:26 pm
Scott Dixon No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020) - Scott Dixon is staying at Chip Ganassi Racing after signing a multi-year deal the team announced Monday. Dixon, who is in the last year of his current deal, could’ve been a free-agent after the 2018 season.

Dixon’s agent Stefan Johansson reportedly spoke with several teams regarding the driver’s services and interest was obviously high.

Team owner Chip Ganassi heard those rumors and figured it was time to get together with his driver and talk.  Dixon flew to Pittsburgh and the two had lunch and discussed the future.

“I said ‘hey all this talk about these other teams, is there anything going on I need to know about or anything’, and he looked over at me and he said, ‘believe me if there’s something going on you’ll be the first to know.  We’re okay’.  I said ‘okay’,” said Ganassi.

Ganassi took Dixon on his word and Dixon, for his part, was just having his agent do his job.

“Definitely very excited, pumped that this day has occurred and it’s here and clears a lot of things up,” said Dixon.  “I definitely respect the teams and people that we spoke to over the last few months, but to be honest, I don’t think it’s a whole lot different from what we’ve done in the past.  This one has blown up a little bit more with maybe some of the other people talking”.

Ganassi said Dixon is one of those elite talents in sports and he wasn’t going to let him get away.

“Obviously Scott and I have been together a long time, and he knows how to win, and more importantly, he knows how to win championships,” said Ganassi.  There are guys that can win races, but there’s other guys that can win championships, and Scott has proven that.  He’s proven that he’s not just a normal run-of-the-mill driver in any sense, even where he is in the overall win column speaks for itself I think”.

Dixon is third on IndyCar’s all-time wins list with 44-wins over 17-seasons and four championships in 17-seasons with the team.  Only legends A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti have more wins.

“Being here this long, there's a reason why that is, and that's because it works well,” said Dixon.  "I've always admired Chip for what he's done throughout his career, and in all grand scales, a fairly young crew, and what he's achieved across many different platforms is almost unheard of.  I love being here.  I love the people, and I love working for Chip.  His passion and the way he wants to win drives all of us".

Dixon and his No. 9 PNC Bank team currently lead the IndyCar standings on the strength of three wins and six podiums.  Dixon holds a 46-point lead over Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi heading into this weekend’s race at Pocono.

Dixon has been with the Ganassi team since 2002 and is the teams longest-tenured driver.  His boss says that is a credit to Dixon.

“That’s probably the nicest thing about Scott is we’ve been together and we’ve all grown in that period of time and I don’t think anybody could have grown into a better person than Scott Dixon,” said Ganassi.

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