Chip Ganassi Racing announced on Friday that they have signed a multi-year contract to be supplied by Honda from the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season onwards.
Ganassi who have been powered by Chevrolet since 2014 won the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship with Scott Dixon the No.9 Target Chevrolet. Speaking about the announcement team owner Chip Ganassi commented by saying:
We’ve had a long and successful relationship with Honda over the years and we look forward to getting it back on track. I feel a little like I am going home after having previously spent 12 years with them. Much of our organization’s success has been with Honda power in our cars so we are all very excited.
The news means that Honda have strengthened their presence in the Verizon IndyCar Series adding four cars to their stable as Ganassi expects to return in 2017 with a four car team.
Honda already supply engines to Andretti Autosport, Dale Coyne Racing, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and AJ Foyt Racing. Speaking about the new partnership, President of Honda Performance Development Art St Cyr commented by saying:
The Honda-Ganassi association is one of the most successful in the history of Honda’s North American racing programs. The Ganassi organization was one of our partners when Honda won its first Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) Manufacturers’ Championship in 1996; and a Ganassi driver, Jimmy Vasser, won our first CART drivers’ title that same year. The Honda-Ganassi partnership has produced 77 race victories and multiple series championships in both CART and INDYCAR, including all three of Dario Franchitti’s Indianapolis 500 wins and Scott Dixon’s championship season in 2013. We welcome the return of our partnership, and look forward to returning to Victory Circle together in 2017.