Motorsport: Kiwi Scott Dixon far from content, eyeing five more seasons in IndyCar

At the ripe old age of 40, Kiwi motorsport king Scott Dixon is far from finished.

Fresh off winning his sixth IndyCar Series title, Dixon is eyeing a seventh in 2021, which would equal American legend AJ Foyt for the most championships in history.

But beyond that, the Auckland-born driver believes he could have another five years at the highest level of the sport.

Dixon's contracted with Chip Ganassi Racing through the 2023 season and given his 19-year service to the team, a further extension beyond that is probable, if he can maintain his incredible consistency.

Speaking to The AM Show, Dixon insists age is just a number in motorsport, he still has the passion to compete and as long as that remains, he will continue racing.

"It's hard to put a number on it," Dixon says. "Contractually, we are looking at three years and then what comes after that is hard to say. 

"Takuma Sato, who won the Indy 500 this year, is 45, TK [Tony Kanaan] is 46 and Jimmy Johnson, who is joining me next season, is 45. I've just turned 40, so maybe a good five years. 

"I love the sport and right now I'm pretty happy where I am at, having just won another championship. I can't wait to get going again."

In 2021, he will race against fellow New Zealand flyer Scott McLaughlin, who will compete for the famed Team Penske.

On Monday (NZ time), McLaughlin made his category debut at St Petersburg, Florida, where a silly mistake saw him crash out at the midway point.

But with very little preparation, the three-time Aussie Supercars champion has impressed many, going toe-to-toe with seasoned IndyCar veterans.

Dixon recognises his compatriot's raw talent and looks forward to testing himself against McLaughlin.

"He had his first crack at it and he went okay in a situation where it was a steep mountain to climb, where everyone had had a full season of running. 

"He's coming on with one of the best teams, which will help. He's had a tremendous four years and he is a hell of a talent. 

"I'm just super happy to have another Kiwi on the grid - it's been long-awaited and I'm looking forward to going racing with him."

Reflecting on his stellar career to date, Dixon is incredibly proud of his accomplishments -

six IndyCar titles, an Indianapolis 500 win, 50 race wins, a Le Mans class win with Ford and 2008 New Zealand Sportsman of the Year.

But he is hungry for more accolades, with another 'Brickyard' victory at the top of the list.

"[Indy 500] is the hardest race to win. To get everything right in that three-and-a-half-hour period is insanely hard. 

"I'm very lucky to be on a shortlist of less than 70 people to have won the race and it's an even shorter list to have won multiple, so that's the goal."

When the chequered flag does fall for the last time, Dixon plans on packing up the family and moving home. 

"America is home right now, but nothing is like home - nothing is like New Zealand. I would have a pretty tough time convincing my wife not to settle in New Zealand, so that's definitely on the cards.

"I love New Zealand so much - a beautiful country with amazing people and I miss the meat pies, so I need to get home soon and have a pie or two."

The 40-year-old has no time for rest though - testing for the 2021 season begins on Friday (NZ time).