Scott Dixon Q&A

Scott Dixon has really made a name for himself in the USA over the past few years, winning the Indy Lights title in 2000 and following up with successes both in CART and more recently the IRL. However the Kiwi's heart is in grand prix racing, and at 23 he's young enough to be able to make the transition in the not too distant future. In company with manager Stefan Johansson he attended the Italian GP. He's been to Melbourne and Indy before, but this was his first look at a paddock in Europe. Adam Cooper met up with him

Scott Dixon Q&A



"We just came over to check it out. There are probably a lot of opportunities coming up in the future over here. In the US at the moment the series are up and down. So we're sort of having a look at the moment."



"You've always got a chance of doing something. Hopefully I can have a bit of luck and the right guidance, and anything's possible."



"We've talked to probably everybody! We'll see what happens. It's nothing we're planning right now, it's probably a year down the road. We're just sounding people out - nothing's concrete."



"Definitely, yes. Everybody from New Zealand is more European. We sort of took the other avenue to the US because we got a good deal and we had no money."



"Yes, we got most of the races, and the Indy 500 as well. But we were more interested in F1."



"It's different to how the US side is. The attention to detail is impressive and the style over here is a lot nicer. I kind of like the fact that there's not a whole bunch of people in the pits too! In our racing it's always too crowded."



"Oh yeah. We were watching the cars out on the circuit and having a look around. It's pretty awesome."



"It would be huge. We get a good following there now. In most countries, and probably in New Zealand more than most, they like to follow their own people who do well overseas."



"I don't think so. I think the yachting stretches it out! There are different ways to look at it, but it wouldn't be the first way to do it. We'll try and get in another way."



"Pretty good. We had a lot of bad luck just recently. We were leading St Louis and Nazareth, and had mechanical problems. If you look at a lot of the races this year we could have been a lot further ahead. We're only 12 points out of the lead, I think, behind Helio Castroneves. There are two races to go and still a lot of points left. We've got a good chance and we'll keep pushing."



"A lot of fun actually. The racing is very competitive and it's very enjoyable."



"It's a different kind of challenge. There's definitely more fine tuning. There are such short sessions you have to get a lot out of the testing you do. It challenges you in different areas. The package helps, and Ganassi chose the perfect package this year, but there's still a big variance. If you compare us with Mo Nunn we're light years ahead of them, and we've got the same car and the same engine. "



"I think CART hasn't been doing that well, and the IRL's picking up. There are a lot of good teams and good drivers, and they're now talking about moving to the road courses now, and that's only going to help."

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