Scott Dixon staying at Ganassi until 2015


Indianapolis 500 winner and two-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon has signed an extension to stay at Target Chip Ganassi Racing through the 2015 campaign.

However, Dixon, who has ran with TCGR since 2002, told the Indianapolis Star’s Curt Cavin that as long as he is able to battle for wins, he plans on pushing his career farther than that point.

“I would like to do another two or three contracts,” he said to Cavin. “The next contract could be a year, I don’t know. I’d like to race for a lot longer, but I’ll only race as long as I’m competitive. I’m not going to race for just filling the field.”

Dixon finished third in the championship last season with victories at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park and at Mid-Ohio that added to the legacy he’s created as part of the Ganassi camp. In a TCGR tenure that has stretched over 181 starts in both CART/Champ Car and the IZOD IndyCar Series, he has collected 20 poles, 28 wins and 69 podium finishes.

His best season (so far) with Ganassi came in 2008, when he rattled off six victories (including his Indy 500 triumph), seven poles and 12 podiums en route to a 17-point victory in the series championship over Helio Castroneves.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

McLaren Formula E Hughes
McLaren Racing

Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.