Who Will Drive The No.10 Honda In 2018?
The Verizon IndyCar Series season is over however news broke on Wednesday that Chip Ganassi Racing will down size their programme from four to just two cars in 2018.
The attention now switches as go who will partner Scott Dixon as in the press release issued on Wednesday evening it was confirmed that the Iceman’s team mate will be announced at a later date.
World Endurance Championship points leader and fellow New Zealander Brendan Hartley has expressed a keen interest in moving to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018 as his Porsche team are pulling out of the championship at the end of the season to prepare for Formula E in 2019′
Hartley knows Dixon, they get on well and with that line-up Ganassi would have the perfect mix of youth and experience at the team.
Bringing the potential 2017 World Endurance Champion across to the US would be huge mand could entice sponsors to come on board with the No.10.
Of the current Verizon IndyCar Series field the team could opt to retain either Max Chilton or Charlie Kimball however Paddock Eye understands that both Kimball and Chilton are set to join Carlin Racing as they make the move up to IndyCar.
The other option is James Hinchcliffe who is out of contract with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The Canadian is quick and is great with sponsors and is also a favourite with Honda.
Hinch is unlikely to leave Schmidt Peterson Motorsports however as he has established himself as the lead driver and has a close relationship with Arrow Electronics who will not leave the team.
Former Formula One driver Esteban Gutierrez who drove for Dale Coyne Racing in a number of races this season could be an option as he proved he is quick and reliable and would bring potential backing from Mexico.
No time frame as been given as to when Ganassi will name their second driver.