Driving a 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost Ford GT race car to victory at last year's Daytona 24 Hours for Chip Ganassi Racing, you'd think Ford would simply gift reigning IndyCar champion Scott Dixon a new GT as a thank you for his services. Not so, it transpires.
Dixon has become one of the lucky few to acquire a 2019 GT, which put its owners through a rigorous and exacting application process to be given the chance to purchase one. But rather than being handed the keys to one as company car, Dixon went through the application process, just like 999 other lucky recipients of the GT's initial production run (another 350 will appear between 2020 and 2022).
You might might imagine that Dixon would have quite the collection of fast cars, given racing is both his profession and passion. Surprisingly, the only supercar he’d ever bought prior to his GT was an Audi R8 that he sold two weeks later. But a GT was still high on his list – to the point he requested a build slot when agreeing to race for Ford's USA works squad in IMSA.
“When I was first approached to drive the race car for Ford [through Chip Ganassi], I said absolutely but I want to get locked in for receiving a GT,” Dixon told Robb Report.
“Ford told me ‘sure, no problem’ and the months went on I never heard anything, until I got an email where I had to apply for the GT. I don’t know how it works for everyone else, but I had to submit all my information and a video introducing myself and saying why I thought I deserved to buy one.”
After approval and a three year wait, Dixon's striking white with contrasting carbon stripe and wheels GT finally arrived. There was one privilege Dixon did get from contributing to the GT's race-track success, being granted VIN K009 as a reference to his long-held racing number with Chip Ganassi Racing in IndyCar.
Much like unwrapping a present on Christmas Day, it's hard not to want to take a new toy out for a proper spin. Alas, Dixon didn't manage that either, describing his first drive after his new GT was unloaded from the back of the delivery truck as “pretty crappy!”
“It was snowing the day it arrived, and you’re not supposed to drive on those tires under 45 degrees. The delivery guy said, 'Normally, I wouldn’t let anyone drive it under these conditions, but I think you’ll be okay.
“I took it from the dealership to my house on totally garbage roads. I don’t think I left third gear or broke 40 miles an hour.
Indiana isn’t ideal for driving so I’ll probably take this to the West coast or to Montana for a fun drive.”
Though Dixon's personal toy will be left at home, he'll still be driving a GT this weekend, heading to Daytona this weekend with No. 67 Ford Performance Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT to defend his Daytona 24 Hours crown.
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