Porsche drivers were part of history today as the Taupo circuit became the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park but it's Scott Dixon who could honour the Kiwi legend on the global stage next year.
"Bruce and Chris Amon winning in 1966, that's the whole point in going back to mark the 50th anniversary," Dixon said.
Dixon had his first test in the new GT earlier this month with Ford making no secret of the link to the famous all black car driven to victory in 1966.
IndyCar remains the number one focus for Dixon who will be defending his fourth championship next year.
The death of Justin Wilson, his second close friend to be killed in the series, understandably cast a shadow on his title win.
"We have kids similar ages, we spent a lot of time together. It's the unfortunate part of the business that you never want to see and especially to the nicest guy you ever would've known," Dixon said.
What it didn't do was slow Dixon down. The most successful driver on the IndyCar grid says at 35 he remains firmly committed.
Dixon will bring his winning form back to New Zealand on Waitangi weekend to race in the Coromandel's Leadfoot festival.