Chip Ganassi Racing confirmed on Wednesday that Max Chilton will remain with the outfit in the Verizon IndyCar Series for the 2017 season.
The news means that the team will field an unchanged line-up for 2017, with Scott Dixon in the No.9 Honda, with Tony Kanaan in the No.10 and Charlie Kimball in the No.83 while Chilton will drive the No.8.
Speaking about the announcement, Chilton commented by saying:
I think we were able to build a solid foundation in my rookie year in the Verizon IndyCar Series with the support of Gallagher and the team. The learning curve is very steep here, and the field is separated by just a few seconds from top to bottom with really talented teams and drivers, which makes the competition incredibly close. Having a year of experience now to adapt to the car and learn all of the courses on the schedule is huge for us. Chip and Gallagher give us everything we need to be competitive and go out to contend for wins, so I’m optimistic for the direction of the No. 8 Gallagher team heading into next season.
Chilton will once again have primary sponsorship from Arthur J Gallagher and speaking about the continued partnership, Vice President of Global brand marketing and sponsorship with Arthur J Gallagher Deborah M. Hecht commented by saying:
We are pleased to renew our partnership with motorsports leader Chip Ganassi Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series and to build on last year’s sponsorship momentum as we deepen awareness of our company and our brand. We look forward to a very successful and winning year for both Chip Ganassi Racing and Gallagher # 8 driver Max Chilton.
Chip Ganassi Racing president, Steve Lauletta commented by saying:
Gallagher’s first season with our team and Max allowed us to collectively work on a program that delivered results for them in their motor racing debut. We’re excited to help them continue the program, reach their business goals off the track and expand their brand awareness through Max and the team. Having them come back for 2017 is a great sign for building the relationship into the future.