Former Formula One driver Max Chilton has moved up from the Indy Lights Series after landing a full time seat in the Verizon IndyCar Series with Chip Ganassi Racing the team confirmed on Monday.

Chilton joins reigning Series champion Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball at the team and will pilot the No.8 Ganassi Chevrolet having raced for Trevor Carlin in the Indy Lights Series in 2015 having moved across to the US at the end of the 2014 Formula One season.

The former Manor Racing driver joins fellow ex-F1 driver Takuma Sato in the Verizon IndyCar Series and speaking following the announcement, Chilton commented by saying:

I couldn’t be happier to join Chip Ganassi Racing’s Verizon IndyCar Series program. This organization is built on winning and their 11 INDYCAR Championships back that up. Chip is the kind of team owner that every driver dreams of working for in their career. He’s accomplished so much in so many different categories over the years, and I can’t wait to start driving for him.

Chip Ganassi commented on the news by saying:

Max is a talented young driver who has driven a number of different disciplines already in a short time. He brings a good deal of experience to our Indy car lineup and we’re looking forward to him being part of our four-car team in 2016 and making a big contribution.

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