Chip Ganassi Racing confirmed on Tuesday that Tony Kanaan will remain with the team in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2017.
The announcement also sees NTT DATA continue as primary sponsor to Kanaan and the No.10 Honda powered Chip Ganassi Racing entry. Kanaan who joined Ganassi in 2014 replacing his old Andretti Green Racing team mate and good friend Dario Franchitti in the No.10 car.
The Brazilian had an extremely strong end to his 2016 season ending the year in 7th place finishing with 461 points. Kanaan, who scored two podium finishes this season at the Kohler Grand Prix where he finished in second place and a third place finish at the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway commented by saying:
I’m thrilled to be back with Chip and NTT DATA – it’s been one of the most rewarding partnerships of my career. It’s been great having a partner in NTT DATA that is so committed to making our on-track performance as strong as it can be and I think it’s really shown in our growth together over the last few years. Our 2016 season was strong, but our results didn’t always reflect our performance and we definitely have some unfinished business heading into 2017.
The announcement sees consistency for the team with both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan remaining with the outfit for next season and with Honda returning to the team experience is exactly what the team need.
Speaking about the announcement, a delighted Chip Ganassi commented by saying:
We are very happy to re-sign Tony to drive the No. 10 for us, but are just as pleased to bring a great partner like NTT DATA back to the team. Tony has played a strong role as one of the leaders of this team both on and off the track and we feel fortunate to have him back. NTT DATA has proved to be a fantastic partner in many different aspects of our organization. They are not only on our cars but they have also used their technological expertise to help in numerous other aspects of the race team. They have been with us for the last four years and we look forward to strengthening our relationship with them for years to come.
Kanaan will be the first Ganassi driver to test the new Honda engine as he gets behind the wheel of the No.10 NTT DATA Honda on Thursday at Gateway Motorsports Park.
The partnership with NTT DATA has been extended on a multi-year deal and CEO of NTT DATA Inc John McCain commented by saying:
We are really excited to be heading into our fifth year of partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams. We’ve enjoyed being not just a sponsor on the car, but an actual partner in the race program with our technical contributions to the team. It’s been great for us to be able to share the race program with our clients and employees and I think it’s safe to say we’ve created quite a few race fans over the last few years. We’re really looking forward to having Tony back in the No. 10 NTT DATA Honda and we can’t wait to see him up on the podium next year!