Reigning six-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon has insisted he is focusing on securing back-to-back titles rather than what could be a record-equalling seventh championship.
Dixon has amassed six IndyCar titles over his 20-year racing career in the United States, however, the Kiwi has never been able to retain his crown the following season.
The closest Dixon has come to securing back-to-back titles was in 2009 after a final race showdown with former Ganassi team-mate Dario Franchitti, losing out by just 11 points.
Should Dixon be able to achieve his target he would be the first driver to match the legendary A.J Foyt on seven titles.
When asked if has thought about equalling Foyt’s record, Dixon said: “It would be amazing! Seven sounds a lot better than six, so why not?
“I’ve never been able to repeat, so that’s goal number one, is to go back-to-back.
“It’s always tough. I think even to win the last two out of three has been pretty exceptional for our team, and it’s been fantastic for PNC and welcoming them to the sport and onboard the nine.
“You’ve got to take it step by step. It’s easy to come in and say, Yeah, we’re going to repeat, we want to repeat, we want to win a seventh championship. But trying to secure that is something totally different.
“To me it would mean everything to me to be able to do that. I think even to get the sixth was – in the current landscape is extremely tough and very difficult to do.
“[I’m] very proud of that. The obvious goal is to add to that. That will be what we’re trying to do.”
Dixon will begin the defence of his title at Barber Motorsports Park on April 18 with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.