DIXON BACK TO DE FERRAN AT PETIT LE MANS IndyCar star again joins team boss de Ferran, Pagenaud in Acura P1 With pole position at Sebring already in his back pocket, Scott Dixon will return to the cockpit of the de Ferran...
DIXON BACK TO DE FERRAN AT PETIT LE MANS
IndyCar star again joins team boss de Ferran, Pagenaud in Acura P1
With pole position at Sebring already in his back pocket, Scott Dixon will return to the cockpit of the de Ferran Motorsports XM Acura ARX-02a for Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA6. The reigning IndyCar champion is driving with team owner Gil de Ferran and Simon Pagenaud, four-time winners this year in the American Le Mans Series' LMP1 class, in the annual 1,000- mile/10-hour endurance classic at Road Atlanta on September 26.
"We are delighted that Scott will be joining us for Petit Le Mans this year," confirmed de Ferran. "This will be Scott's third outing with our team. Not only has he fitted very well with our organization but Scott was also outstanding in all previous times he drove for us, which included putting our car on pole position at Sebring earlier this year. To have someone of his caliber driving with us is very good news indeed. I also want to thank Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Chip personally for allowing their star driver to be with us once again."
The 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner made his debut for the team in last year's Petit Le Mans and returned for this year's 12 Hours of Sebring where he qualified on pole position. He currently holds third place in the 2009 IndyCar Series and remains in contention for back-to-back titles having won four races from 15 starts for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. He is the most successful all-time driver in the modern Indy Racing League (IRL) championship two titles - 2003 and 2008 - and scored 20 race victories.
Bringing in a teammate the caliber of Dixon is critical for the de Ferran crew. Currently it stands second in the LMP1 championship to fellow Acura runner Patron Highcroft Racing with de Ferran and Pagenaud second to David Brabham and Scott Sharp.
The race also marks the return of Audi and Peugeot with their diesel- powered prototypes in what is shaping up to be one of the greatest LMP1 fights in Series history. And Dixon is relishing another chance to team with de Ferran and Pagenaud in the race-winning Acura.
"I'm really pleased that Chip has given me another opportunity to join Gil and his team," he said. "I've always enjoyed the chances I've gotten in the past to join him and Simon in the American Le Mans Series and, specifically, at Petit Le Mans. I know that de Ferran Motorsports always assembles a strong team and I'm looking forward to doing my part to hopefully put us in a position to be in contention at the end."
The 12th annual Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA6 is Saturday, September 26. The Series' cornerstone event at Road Atlanta in Braselton Ga., is a 1,000- mile/10-hour endurance classic. The green flag is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. ET with SPEED airing live television coverage starting at 11 a.m. ET. American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche and Living Timing & Scoring will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com. Live coverage also can be heard on Sirius 126 and XM 242. You can follow the Series on Twitter (almsnotes).
The race will also mark the ninth round of the 2009 MICHELIN® GREEN X® Challenge. Tickets are available at americanlemans.com and roadatlanta.com.