Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon may have lost Target as the primary sponsor to the No.9 chassis for 2017.

For the first time 2013, Dixon will have Honda power in the back of his car following Ganassi’s return to Honda over the winter having been with Chevrolet for the past three seasons.

Dixon however, is hopeful that despite the changes to the car over the winter that he will still be in a position to challenge for the Verizon IndyCar Series title in 2017.

Speaking to the IndyCar mobile app, Dixon said:

I would like to think we are still the guys to be included in that category. We’ll have to see how the first portion of the season goes.

Ganassi were the first team to test their car ahead of the 2017 season when Tony Kanaan drove his No.10 NTT DATA Honda for the first time and he was happy with how the initial test went.

Dixon who is a four time Verizon IndyCar Series champion is aware of the challenges facing the team this season in relation to the new package however Chip Ganassi Racing have four experienced drivers in 2017 with Max Chilton heading into his second full Verizon IndyCar Series season, the Englishman can use what he learnt last season to help carry the No.8 Gallagher Honda crew forward in 2017.

Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball are also extremely talented and experienced drivers and Ganassi are the only team along with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports who have not made changes to their driver line up for the 2017 season which they will be hoping will help them this year.

Chip Ganassi Racing have yet to announce a replacement primary sponsor for the No.9 Honda so watch this space. The opening race of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg is just 47 days away. For ticket information visit – http://gpstpete.com/

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