Verizon IndyCar Series team owner Chip Ganassi has expressed his excitement by his outfit’s return to Honda power for the 2017 season.
Following a successful relationship with Chevrolet which delivered the team the Verizon IndyCar Series championship in 2015 with New Zealander Scott Dixon winning the title following a tie breaker with Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya.
Ganassi revealed that Honda came looking for his four car team and that when it came to Chevrolet it was plain and simple, their contract had come to a conclusion and that he was impressed with what Honda had to offer. Ganassi said that Honda are eager to be successful in the Verizon IndyCar Series and that is something that he and his team want to be part of.
Honda get a lot out of the new deal with Ganassi as they get an incredible amount of experience and expertise within the team not just from an engineering perspective but also from the experience that Ganassi’s driver line up brings to the table particularly with Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan on board who two veteran drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series who have plenty of years remaining in the sport.
Following the conclusion of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Tony Kanaan tested the new Honda power unit and the team were extremely impressed with how the test went. Chip Ganassi Racing managing director Mike Hull told Paddock Eye at the time:
Well we talked about it. I was at the test. you know, when you got a test like that for us it’s a steep learning curve even though we’ve been with HPD and Honda before, understanding their current technology and particularly in this case their aero technology, so I think we were really conservative there on both fronts, both the engine side and the aero side. We didn’t make big sweeping changes there. We just wanted to concentrate on getting an entire day in flawlessly and get through a systems analysis of the car and what it takes to run the car and where we stand and so on but we had a terrific day of testing with Honda yesterday. Certainly well supported genuinely a partnership where communication goes both directions and rather than compare them to Chevrolet we need to compare ourselves to Honda and just make sure that we understand where we need to go going forward and that’s what yesterday was all about.