Four time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti has been appointed as mentor to Chip Ganassi Racing Team’s Max Chilton as the Englishman prepares to make his debut in the No.8 Chevrelot.
Franchitti who drove for Chip Ganassi in the No.10 from 2009 until his retirement from racing in 2013 following a crash with Takuma Sato.
Since his retirement the Scotsman has remained with Chip Ganassi Racing working as a driver coach and helping the team on the pit-wall. Last season, he mentored Sage Karam and Charlie Kimball and this season he is working with former F1 driver Max Chilton.
Speaking to RACER about Chilton, Franchitti commented by saying:
He’s done a great job, At Sebring the other day he did a really good job; Fontana is always difficult to judge, but he went about things very methodically. It’s been the same here [at Phoenix]. I thought it would be a real challenge, but he’s approached it in his usual calm way. So far, high marks.
Franchitti went on to say:
He’s learning a lot of stuff; it’s all coming at him very quickly, I don’t want to say this in front of him, [but] so far, I’m impressed.
Chilton will drive a full time Verizon IndyCar Series campaign in 2016 alongside Ganassi team mate’s Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball.