Le Mans, all 24 hours of it.

Dixon has long admired the world’s most historic endurance sports car race, comparing it to the Indianapolis 500, with one difference: Dixon has competed in every 500 since 2003, and he lives 12 miles from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This not only will be Dixon’s first Le Mans race, it will be the first time he’s seen the nearly 9-mile circuit except for in a computerized simulator.

“It looks like an amazing event, like a European version of the Indy 500 with the parades and the different traditions,” Dixon said Friday. “It’s going to be a lot of ‘eyes wide open’ taking in the experience.”

The first Le Mans race was held only 12 years after the first 500, and those two events, along with the Monaco Grand Prix, are considered motor sports’ triple crown.

Making it even more special is the fact Dixon will co-drive one of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ford GTs on the 50th anniversary of the Le Mans victory of fellow New Zealand drivers Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. Dixon’s teammates will be Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook.

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Scott Dixon during Carb Day for the Indianapolis 500. (Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)

Dixon’s journey begins literally moments after Saturday night’s 248-lap IndyCar race, which has a green flag 8:50 p.m. ET (NBCSN). After what amounts to a two-hour sprint around the 1.5-mile, high-banked track, Dixon and fellow Le Mans driver Sebastien Bourdais will hurry to nearby Fort Worth Alliance Airport for a flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The fuel stop will be in Newfoundland.

Factor in a seven-hour time difference to the eight-hour flight and there won’t be much time before the required pre-event sign-in, which is at 4 p.m. local time. Dixon’s first chance to be on the track is Wednesday. The race is Saturday at 3 p.m. (9 a.m. ET).

Dixon has tested the car twice and raced in over three stints in the 12 Hours of Sebring (Fla.) in March, but he missed last weekend’s official test day due IndyCar’s Detroit doubleheader. His concern: Following the rules of the event, which are different than any used in U.S. racing.

“It’s such a big track so you’ve got three safety cars that run continuously when there’s a caution,” Dixon said. “Then you have slow zones, an area that’s yellow and you have to use your second pit speed limitor, which is 80 kilometers, and you have to use that until you get to the restart, or the green zone. All those procedures are quite different.

“Through the last few years you’ve seen a few cars lose races over penalties in those situations. It’s not something we normally do, so you don’t want to ruin your team’s effort not understanding the (procedures).”

Bourdais not only is a veteran of the race, he was born in the racing village west of Paris and maintains a home there. Although Bourdais and Dixon will drive different Ganassi cars, Dixon plans to pepper him with questions on the flight, and Bourdais might even become the translator since Dixon’s daughters, who study in the French immersion program at the International School of Indiana, can’t go.

But first things first: IndyCar’s ninth race of the season.

Dixon will join first-time pole winner Carlos Munoz on the front row for the Firestone 600, and Dixon hopes to repeat as the race winner. In defense of last year’s series championship, Dixon, who is second in the standings to Simon Pagenaud, needs all the points he can get.

“Second sounds good but not when Pagenaud has an 80-point lead,” Dixon said with a laugh. “We’ve come from deficits like this before and with so much of the season to go that can flip pretty quickly. If (Pagenaud) has one bad race and myself, or four or five others who are really close to that second place, can jump up pretty quickly.

“I think we all have to keep our heads down and definitely make a race of the championship. But by all means, it’s halfway and there’s a lot of points left on the table.”

This will be the 200th consecutive IndyCar race for Dixon. Tony Kanaan holds the record with 257 — and counting.

After the 200th, it’s No. 1 for Dixon at Le Mans.