Bathurst 12 Hour on Dixon’s radar

FIVE-TIME IndyCar champion Scott Dixon says the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour is on his wish-list of future races. 

The 38-year-old New Zealander has enjoyed a record-setting IndyCar career that shows no sign of slowing down, last weekend sealing his fifth title in style at Sonoma Raceway in California.

Dixon, however, is far from an open-wheel specialist: he has twice won the Rolex 24 at Daytona outright, with another class victory in one of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ford GTs this year, and has three LeMans 24 Hour starts to his credit.

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Talking with the US-based RACER Magazine, Dixon identified Australia’s International Enduro among several opportunities he wishes to chase before his career ends.

“Bathurst is one,” Dixon told RACER.

“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.”

With a majority of his focus on IndyCar Racing, Dixon has hardly raced in Australia or New Zealand since leaving for the United States in 1999.

After winning in New Zealand’s junior ranks as a teenager, Dixon won the 1998 Australian Drivers Championship before making his mark in Indy Lights competition.

He has never raced in any of Bathurst’s ‘majors’, with his only significant local experience since winning the Gold Star coming in 2010, when he joined Kelly Racing as an International co-driver for the Gold Coast Supercars event that year.

A documentary entitled ‘Born Racer’, documenting the history and success of Dixon’s remarkable rise to the top of the sport, premieres in Indianapolis this week.

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