Scott Dixon will attempt to add a fifth Rolex watch to his collection as the winner of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, driving a Cadillac V-LMDh prototype for the Chip Ganassi Racing team, during the classic of the races. sports car endurance, Jan. 28-29 at Daytona International Speedway.
Six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Dixon will share the Cadillac in the new Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class with former INDYCAR SERIES rival Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande in the season-opening race 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
« I find sports car racing very enjoyable, especially once you’re in those endurance races, you drive the car a lot, » Dixon said. “I just love driving cars and being part of interesting, high-end experiences like these with Cadillac. It’s a good fit and, ultimately, the pure love of racing. »
Dixon, winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 2008, will enter his 23rd season driving for Chip Ganassi Racing – the longest-serving driver in the team’s history. He co-drove a Cadillac DPi-VR with Bourdais and van der Zande in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Motul Petit Le Mans endurance races in 2022. Dixon had overall wins in the Rolex 24 with CGR in 2006, 2015 and 2018 and added another watch to his collection with a win in 2020 with Wayne Taylor Racing.
“The Rolex 24 At Daytona is the most important race on the IMSA calendar which also happens to be the first race of the year,” said Mike O’Gara, COO of Chip Ganassi Racing. “Scott brings a level of stability having been with us for over 20 years. He’s a stable guy who provides a good perspective to get into the race car and give us a fresh, reliable perspective. He’s not an extra driver to get us through the 24-hour race. He contributes to the program even though he only drives the car a few times a year.”
Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook – already announced for the Cadillac V-LMDh in the seven races of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2023 – will co-drive the second car prepared by Chip Ganassi Racing at the Daytona circuit, which has 12 turns and 3.56 miles.
Dixon drove the Cadillac V-LMDH for the first time last month at Sebring International Raceway.
« The Cadillac V-LMDh went through the endurance test and had no real issues, it ran well, » Dixon said. “The power is good and the ride is really nice, which is what you’d expect from what Cadillac has done before with a normally aspirated V8. Honestly, the car looks really reliable and ready to go. There are a lot of new systems to get used to and it’s a big car, but fun to drive. »