Motorsport: Dixon joins Kiwis for Gold Coast

Shane van Gisbergen will be joined by IndyCar racer Scott Dixon at this year's Gold Coast 600. Photo / Getty Images
Shane van Gisbergen will be joined by IndyCar racer Scott Dixon at this year's Gold Coast 600. Photo / Getty Images

New Zealand IndyCar star Scott Dixon will form a Kiwi-heavy outfit for this year's Gold Coast V8 Supercars race.

The two-time IndyCar champion has been confirmed as compatriot Shane Van Gisbergen's co-driver for the October 21-23 Gold Coast 600 in a team owned by New Zealand brothers Ross and Jimmy Stone.

Dixon competed in the event last year as the partner of Jack Daniel's Racing driver Todd Kelly and had a spectacular crash in Sunday's race.

But despite the way his previous trip to Surfers Paradise ended, the former Indy 500 champion was looking forward to teaming up with Van Gisbergen.

"Surfers Paradise has always been a special place for me and anyone else that has raced there," he said.

"It is almost like a home race for me having been born in Brisbane and raised in New Zealand.

"It is going to be like the Kiwi super team with me driving with Shane in a car prepared by the Stone Brothers.

"Ross and Jimmy are obviously racing heroes in NZ and it is going to be pretty cool to drive for them.

"I enjoyed my first outing in a V8 Supercar with the Kelly boys last year and being part of an all-Kiwi assault will add a bit more spice."

The only thing that could stop Dixon lining up on the grid for the event is the arrival of his second child, with wife Emma due to give birth that week.

"It took a while for me to make up my mind to come but she was insistent that I come back and race with Ross and Jimmy," Dixon said.

"We have a back up plan and another driver on stand-by if we have any issues and Ross and Jimmy are prepared if we have any drama."

Van Gisbergen is currently fourth in this year's V8 Supercars championship, winning the first two races of his career, and was involved in a memorable finish in last year's Gold Coast event when he battled with Jamie Whincup in the closing laps before finishing second in the Sunday race to the two-time champion.

Dixon joins several overseas drivers already confirmed for the Gold Coast race including Australian IndyCar stars Will Power and Ryan Briscoe, this year's Indy500 pole sitter Alex Tagliani and European star Andy Priaulx.

- AAP

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