Chip Ganassi Racing’s four time Verizon IndyCar Series champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon says he hopes that the team will be in a position to challenge at the front in this weekend’s 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

It has been a big off-season for Chip Ganassi Racing with the news recently that PNC Bank have become the primary sponsor to the No.9 Honda.

The Iceman hopes that the team will have a strong start to the season and speaking ahead of the opening race of the season he commented by saying:

We obviously had more big news in the off season with the addition of PNC Bank coming on board for the 9 car program, which is fantastic. We have a new car that we’ve done some testing with as well and I think all the drivers are looking forward to that new challenge. This weekend is the start of it all. St. Petersburg has been a great track for the Verizon IndyCar Series for many years and now it’s a perfect place to get the 2018 season underway. I hope we can start fast and get a strong result for the No.9 PNC Bank Honda.

The news about PNC Bank over the winter wasn’t the only big news for Chip Ganassi Racing as the team also announced that they will run just two full-time cars for the 2018 season having previously run a four car full-time programme.

Ed Jones, the 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year joins the team to drive the No.10 NTT DATA Honda having joined the team from Dale Coyne Racing.

Jones who finished in third place at the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil commented on the start of the new chapter in his career by saying:

Chip Ganassi Racing is one of the biggest teams in IndyCar, and of the most successful. Coming here on the NTT DATA team gives me a chance to have a long career. If I do well, I have all the tools available to win races and championships eventually. I don’t need to move anywhere else now. I’m at that place, that final place. Now the work starts to get those results, to get those wins and work toward the achievements I’ve ns and work toward the achievements I’ve always wanted.

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