Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon will join his series rivals at this weekend’s Rolex 24 Hours race at Daytona and will partner his Target Chip Ganassi Racing IndyCar team mate Tony Kanaan in the race.

The pair go into the prestigious event as the defending champions and are hoping that they will be able to retain their title. Dixon and Kanaan will be joined in the race by their Ganassi NASCAR counterparts Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson for the Ganassi sports car car programme in the No.2 Ford Ecoboost Riley Prototype which is contesting its final race.

Speaking ahead of the event, Scott Dixon commented by saying:

I think I’ve done every one of the Rolex 24-hour races since Chip started the program back in 2004, For the team, it’s become a tradition in January for us and it’s a great way to start the racing season in Daytona. I really enjoy driving the Prototype cars and the 24-hour races are something totally different from what we usually do in INDYCAR. This is the last time we’ll be running the Prototype, so we obviously want to end on a high note.

Dixon and Kanaan will be joined in the race by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal who will be behind the wheel of a BMW M6 for the BMW Team RLL which is co-owned by Bobby Rahal. Graham commented by saying:

I am thrilled to be joining BMW for a third year in a row and now in the new M6, I think they have once again assembled a great team and, with the top-notch mechanics and team at RLL behind us, I think we should have a great shot to pick up my second Daytona 24-hour win in a BMW-powered machine.

Ryan Hunter Reay, of Andretti Autosport, Simon Pagenaud, from Team Penske, Jack Hawkesworth, AJ Foyt Racing, Sebastien Bourdais, KVSH Racing, Mikhail Aleshin, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Spencer Pigot from the Indy Lights programme will all take part in the event.

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