INDIANAPOLIS (March 6, 2019) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today a multi-year partnership with Hylant, one of the largest privately held insurance brokerage firms in the United States. In addition to serving as the official insurance partner to CGR, the deal will also see Hylant branding on the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda…
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A few quick notes from Steve:
- Since team owner Chip Ganassi made it clear the Indianapolis, Ind. based team would only be two cars in 2019, this means that sophomore Ed Jones is looking for a job.
- TSO has been in touch with Jones, and the 2016 Indy Lights champion told us that he is exploring multiple options for 2019.
- Rosenqvist will be returning to the USA after two seasons in Formula E (among other series). The Swedish driver won three races in 10 Indy Lights starts in 2016.
Felix Rosenqvist Will Join Chip Ganassi Racing’s IndyCar Series Program Beginning in 2019
NTT DATA Renews as Part of a Multi-Year Deal on the No. 10 Honda
INDIANAPOLIS (September 28, 2018) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that 26-year-old Swede Felix Rosenqvist will join the team’s IndyCar Series program in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda beginning in 2019. He will team up with five-time and reigning IndyCar Series Champion, Indianapolis 500 and 44-time race winner Scott Dixon.
Longtime partner NTT DATA has also renewed with CGR as part of a new multi-year deal to carry on as primary partner of the No. 10 Honda.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
- About Felix Rosenqvist: In the 2017-2018 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, Rosenqvist scored two wins and three pole positions en route to a sixth-place finish in the Championship. The 2016 season was his first in Formula E, where he secured Mahindra Racing’s first win in the series and ended the season as the highest-placing rookie with a third-place finish in the Championship. He also contested a partial Indy Lights season that year with three wins in just 10 races. Prior to that, Rosenqvist won the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship (after contesting the series from 2012-2015), the 2009 Formula Renault 2.0 NEZ and Formula Renault 2.0 Sweden titles, and the 2008 Formula Renault 2.0 Asia Championship. He has also competed in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in DTM for Mercedes-Benz.
- Not the first time: Rosenqvist has actually driven a Chip Ganassi Racing-prepared Indy car on two previous occasions. He tested for the team alongside Scott Dixon at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in both 2016 and 2017.
- NTT DATA and CGR: NTT DATA began its relationship with the team in 2013 at the Indianapolis 500 partnering on the No. 8 NTT DATA Indy car. Following the Indianapolis 500, NTT DATA maintained an associate partnership with CGR on the No. 83 Indy car of Charlie Kimball. In addition, the company fielded an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Tony Kanaan in the No. 02 NTT DATA car. NTT DATA became a primary partner on the No. 8 entry, driven by Ryan Briscoe, for the 2014 IndyCar Series season, and then for the No. 10 entry, driven by Tony Kanaan, for the 2015-2017 seasons. Ed Jones piloted the entry in 2018 for CGR. NTT DATA continues to be an associate sponsor on the No. 9 entry, driven by Scott Dixon, as it has since 2017. NTT DATA is also the official IT services partner to CGR.
- Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing: “Felix has become familiar with our team and has worked in our system a little bit after coming over to test with us on a few occasions. Our management and engineering groups, along with the entire team, were impressed by his ability. The time was right to get him in the No. 10 car and I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that we are confident about what he can do behind the wheel next season. In addition, we are extremely proud to announce that NTT DATA has renewed with us as part of a multi-year deal. They have been a fantastic partner of the team and big advocates for the sport for a number of years and we are pleased to see it move into the future.”
- Felix Rosenqvist, Driver, No. 10 NTT DATA Honda: “To say I’m thrilled or excited to be making this step in my career would be an understatement. Coming to INDYCAR and driving for Chip is just a dream come true. I’ve followed the team for as long as I can remember, and it’s the kind of team and owner any driver would want to race for. Scott has had another tremendous season with three wins and a fifth title, so you absolutely couldn’t ask for anything more in a teammate. I can’t wait to start contributing to the team and getting to spend more time with everyone at NTT DATA.”
- John McCain, Chairman, NTT DATA Services: “Together, NTT DATA and Chip Ganassi Racing have proven to be a championship team, and we are proud to continue our longstanding partnership. INDYCAR is the pinnacle of racing, and with Felix and Scott behind the wheel, the Ganassi team will continue to the set the standard for peak performance.”
Scott Dixon Signs Multi-Year Deal with Chip Ganassi Racing Beginning in 2019
Kiwi Leads INDYCAR Points on the Strength of Series-Leading Three Wins in 2018
INDIANAPOLIS (August 13, 2018) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that four-time INDYCAR Champion, 44-time Winner and Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon has signed a multi-year deal with its Verizon IndyCar Series team that will see the 38-year-old Kiwi begin a CGR record 18th season in 2019 behind the wheel of the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
- About Scott Dixon: Often referred to as the best Indy car driver of his generation, Dixon holds the distinction of having the most wins of any active Verizon IndyCar Series driver (44), which ranks third all-time – only behind legendary drivers A.J. Foyt (67) and Mario Andretti (52). The 2018 season is his 17thdriving for CGR, the longest tenure for any driver in team history. Dixon is currently leading the Verizon IndyCar Series point’s championship by +46 on the strength of a series-best three wins (Detroit I, Texas and Toronto) with four rounds remaining. He recently became just the ninth driver to compete in 300 races – and was the youngest to reach the milestone – joining Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, Al Unser Jr., Johnny Rutherford, Michael Andretti, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves.
- Chip Ganassi Racing and INDYCAR:CGR’s Verizon IndyCar Series teams have amassed 11 championships and more than 100 wins, while overall (including teams across NASCAR and IMSA) CGR can claim 18 championships and over 200 wins. The 2018 season marked the team’s 29th of Indy car competition.
- Dixon Documentary Debut: In May of 2017, Dixon joined Team Owner Chip Ganassi and officials from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Group (UPHE Content Group) prior to the Indianapolis 500 to announce production of Born Racer, a feature-length documentary. A powerful and inspirational story of dedication, fear and one athlete’s will to defy personal limitations, the documentary will blend cutting-edge race footage, intimate observational filming and unparalleled access to Dixon, Ganassi and the race team, and those who know the driver best to present a seminal study of one of the greatest race teams in motor sports. The film was shot in the U.S., New Zealand and France and is scheduled to debut this Fall.
Chip Ganassi, Team Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing:
- “I think when you mention the name Scott Dixon, the numbers and the records start to speak for themselves. We have achieved a lot together, but there are no signs of him slowing down. He’s still the guy the championship goes through, and you know you have to beat him to get on the top step. He’s a driver that’s always thinking about the next race and how he’s going to approach it, attack it and ultimately win it. I’m very happy that we have the opportunity to continue this relationship and look forward to many more successful years together.”
Scott Dixon, Driver, No. 9 PNC Bank Honda:
- “I have always said I have a massive amount of respect for Chip and what he’s done in this sport. This is not an easy business. His resume speaks for itself, and he’s the type of team owner any driver would want to drive for. He gives you the tools you need to go out and get the job done, with the right group of people. This team has been like a family to me since way back in 2002, and I’m glad I’ll be here trying to fight for more wins, championships and Indianapolis 500s for years to come.”P
PNC BANK ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP OF NO. 9 CHIP GANASSI RACING INDYCAR DRIVEN BY SCOTT DIXON · PNC Bank’s first-ever Verizon IndyCar Series primary sponsorship · PNC-sponsored car will appear at the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 6, 2018 – PNC Bank and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR), today announced an agreement designating PNC…
Max Jones Promoted to Managing Director of the Team’s NASCAR Operation CONCORD, NC (Jan. 3, 2018) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that long-time racing executive Doug Duchardt has been named Chief Operating Officer of the corporation. Duchardt begins the role effective immediately in preparation for the upcoming 2018 seasons while Max Jones is promoted…
Chip Ganassi Racing Signs 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year Ed Jones for its Verizon IndyCar Series Program
Chip Ganassi Racing Signs 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year Ed Jones for its Verizon IndyCar Series Program
2016 Indy Lights Champion to Pilot No. 10 NTT DATA Honda Alongside Racing Legend Scott Dixon in Two-Car Effort
INDIANAPOLIS (October, 25 2017) – Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that 22-year-old British driver Ed Jones has joined the team’s Verizon IndyCar Series program in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda beginning in 2018, teaming up with four-time INDYCAR Champion, Indianapolis 500 Winner and 41-time race winner Scott Dixon.
The 2017 INDYCAR Rookie of the Year scored a best finish of third at the Indianapolis 500 this season after taking the Indy Lights Championship in 2016 on the strength of two wins and nine podium finishes.
NOTE: There will be a media availability tomorrow at the INDYCAR test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) with Jones and CGR Managing Director Mike Hull at the lunch break in the IMS Media Center.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
· About Ed Jones: In 2016, Jones captured the Indy Lights title and the Mazda scholarship with two wins, eight podium finishes and eight pole positions. In 2015, he made the move across the Atlantic with Carlin Racing and into Indy Lights. Jones served notice of his title aspirations right out of the box, earning the first three race victories of the season – the first rookie driver to do so. He went on to finish third in the title chases. Prior to that, Jones earned several karting titles in his native Dubai before making his race car debut in the 2011 European Intersteps Championship. In 2013, Jones became the youngest European F3 Open Champion in history with six wins, 10 podium finishes and four pole positions.
· Ed Jones, Driver, No. 10 NTT DATA Honda: “This is truly an honor to have the opportunity to drive for Chip, his organization and to represent NTT DATA. Chip runs one of the biggest and best motor racing teams in the world, and equally as important, is a proven winner across each series he competes in from Le Mans to Indianapolis and beyond. I want to get up to speed quickly and learn as much as I can. Scott is a legend in the sport, and to get the chance to team with him is an amazing opportunity. I think I’m joining the team at a perfect time when the playing field is being reset with common aero kits, and everyone is adjusting to a new formula. I’m really looking forward to getting in the car and getting underway with our 2018 campaign.”
· Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing: “We’ve been following Ed’s career for quite some time now and are pleased we are able to add him to strengthen our Indy car lineup. He has a year of Indy car racing under his belt now and is the type of young talent that we were looking for. We can’t wait to get him on the race track.”
- For most of it’s 27 year history, CGR was a two car team, the first time the team ran four full-time cars was in 2011.
- CGR’s most successful years were spent in the configuration they will start 2018 as, winning an Indy car championship in seven of nine years as a two car team powered by HPD.
- TSO is hearing between 30 and 35 employees were laid off today.
- TSO expects a number of those employees to turn up with Tony Kanaan when his deal is announced.
- TSO also expects a number of them will also end up at Carlin.
Media Statement from Chip Ganassi Racing:
Chip Ganassi Racing has experienced much success so far in 2017. In the just concluded INDYCAR season Scott Dixon and the No. 9 team competed for a championship and ultimately finished third in the standings. Both CGR NASCAR Cup teams are in the Playoffs as well as the No. 48 XFINITY team. Both of our Ford GT programs in IMSA and WEC are also competing for championships. Despite the success we are experiencing, we have decided to return our INDYCAR program back to two cars beginning with the 2018 season.
Statement from Team Owner Chip Ganassi:
“We will be returning to a two car team beginning in 2018 with Scott Dixon in the No. 9 and a yet to be determined second driver in the No. 10. This decision was based on the fact that we felt we needed to get back to our core business of running TWO championship caliber teams. It was a tough decision to make as it affects a lot of people. With news like this comes contraction and as such we had to let a number of good people go. The decision was not taken lightly but we felt it was best for our business. It is one of the toughest things you experience as a business owner – especially because I am all too aware that it is the people that make any company tick. We will be back in 2018 and ready to compete for our 12th INDYCAR championship.”
The Verizon IndyCar Series held qualifying and one practice session today at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. Qualifying Results P1 No. 2 Newgarden, Chevrolet – 1:15.520 P2 No. 12 Power, Chevrolet – 1:15.555 P3 No. 1 Pagenaud, Chevrolet – 1:15.635 P6 No. 9 NTT DATA Honda (Dixon) – 1:16.397 P12 No….
The Verizon IndyCar Series held two practice sessions today at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. First Practice Results P1 No. 2 Newgarden, Chevrolet – 1:16.395 P2 No. 12 Power, Chevrolet – 1:16.432 P3 No. 1 Pagenaud, Chevrolet – 1:16.504 P6 No. 9 NTT DATA Honda (Dixon) – 1:16.619 P9 No. 10…