Motorsport: Dixon says he's keen to help A1 team in key races

United States-based racing driver Scott Dixon is keen to provide the New Zealand A1 team with a high-octane boost at the business end of the grand prix season.

Dixon, 25, the 2003 Indy Racing League champion, confirmed yesterday he could be behind the wheel of the A1 car for races 11 and 12 next year.

The New Zealand A1 team have made a stunning start to the inaugural grand prix World Cup, sharing second place in the 25-nation competition after two of 13 rounds.

Dixon yesterday made all the right noises about driving for his country after spending time with the team in Germany, where New Zealand last weekend claimed two fourth-place finishes through driver Jonny Reid .

The trip was to check out the team and get initiated, said Dixon from his Chicago base. "I've spoken to [team owner] Colin Giltrap over the weekend and with [team chief executive] Bob McMurray on a regular basis.

"I think I would like to do key races such at Laguna Seca [California] and Monterrey [Mexico] because I know the circuits. The team have asked me specifically about those races.

"The drivers [Matt Halliday and Reid] at this point are doing a superb job.

"They've raised good points and if I can help New Zealand to the top spot and win some races, that would be my pleasure."

The races are in February and March at California and Mexico during the IRL off-season, but the final decision will rest with Dixon's IRL team, Target Chip Ganassi.

But the former Aucklander is quietly confident he would be released.

- NZPA

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