IZOD IndyCar Series front-runner Scott Dixon will join Jack Daniel's Racing at the revamped Armor All Gold Coast 600 on the streets of Surfers Paradise in Queensland, Australia on October 22-24 this year.
Dixon will suit up for Todd and Rick Kelly's V8 Supercar team aboard one of the team's 630 horsepower Holden Commodores at the event, which for the first time will be a V8 Supercar endurance round requiring two drivers per car.
The 29-year-old has raced three times on the Gold Coast, with a best result of second place in 2008 aboard his #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda/Dallara/Firestone IndyCar. He also competed in the Honda Young Guns races on the Gold Coast for up-and-coming Australian and New Zealand drivers in 2000.
Dixon says that he can't wait to get back to the Gold Coast, an event he rates as a personal favourite as well as his unofficial home race.
“Gold Coast as a race, Surfers, for me it was my favourite race,” said Dixon. “I'm probably a little biased because I can catch up with friends and family with it being so close to New Zealand.
“The fact that you have the party atmosphere, you have a big race going on, it's by the beach, you couldn't ask for anything more and it's definitely a standout. I'd say 90 percent, or even 110 percent, of the drivers, always loved that race. It was the best race that we go to and everybody looked forward to it.
“Everybody would fly in a week before the race. A lot of the races here in America you fly in the Thursday night before it starts on Friday. It's a shame that we're not back there in the IndyCar but to obviously go back in a V8 is going to be even cooler.”
The quick Kiwi said that he is excited to make his V8 Supercar debut for Jack Daniel's Racing this October, having raced in his teens in Australia where V8 Supercars are the premier motorsport category in the country.
“I'm definitely looking forward to it," Dixon added. “To go back to the Gold Coast, it's definitely a lot different to any of the other times I've run there.