Possible Arrow McLaren SP drivers: No. 5 – Scott Dixon
In terms of possibilities to make Tony Kanaan’s tweet about people falling off their chairs really come to fruition, Scott Dixon leaving Chip Ganassi Racing after two decades and joining Arrow McLaren SP has to be at the top — by far.
Back in 2018, Dixon confirmed that he had been approached by McLaren about the possibility of joining the team, which were not yet competing in IndyCar He ended up re-signing with Chip Ganassi Racing, keeping him behind the wheel of the #9 Honda on another multi-year deal.
But the six-time series champion hasn’t signed anything since, and while Chip Ganassi Racing drivers aren’t supposed to discuss their contract details, Dixon and Kanaan are
And it appears that Arrow McLaren SP have approached Dixon again, this time with the promise of an ownership stake in the team that would keep in involved in IndyCar for years to come after he stops competing.
Dixon has since denied the talks, but the possibility is intriguing — even if not for 2023.
And if leaving a team after two decades and six championships to finish off a career elsewhere — perhaps with another championship — sounds familiar, it’s because it is.
Is Scott Dixon setting up to pull a Tom Brady?
There have been quite a few instances of athletes changing teams, not just in racing, in recent seasons that nobody would have ever thought possible. Could the most absurd move of all take place in IndyCar?
Nobody can truly envision Dixon leaving Chip Ganassi Racing and race engineer Mike Hull and finishing his career elsewhere.
But how much longer is Hull, who has been with Chip Ganassi’s team for three decades, going to keep doing what he’s doing? It may be worth mentioning that Arrow McLaren SP president Taylor Kiel is Hull’s stepson.
If Dixon is to end his career elsewhere, Arrow McLaren SP is the ideal spot, and they could very well serve as the “Tampa Bay Buccaneers” of IndyCar where Dixon could win a seventh title.
Who will Arrow McLaren SP sign to drive their third car for the 2023 IndyCar season? Will it be one of these five drivers, or will they look elsewhere?