Chip Ganassi Racing confirmed on Tuesday that NTT DATA will act as primary sponsor to Scott Dixon’s No.9 Honda at this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, round 2 of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Scott Dixon, who finished the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on the podium in third place commented on the partnership by saying:
This will be a bit of déjà vu for TK and I, going back to when he first joined the team in 2014 and we were in similar livery with the same partner. NTT DATA has been a great supporter of our Indy car program for several seasons now, and I look forward to contributing to their program and delivering for them on-track this season.
NTT DATA began their relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing at the 2013 Indianapolis 500 sponsoring the No.8. Speaking about the expanded partnership, John McCain, CEO of NTT DATA Inc commented by saying:
Having the opportunity to be represented by two of the all-time greats in INDYCAR is something that doesn’t come along too often. The team is off to a fast start in 2017, and adding Scott to our lineup gives us another level of visibility, and doubles our chances of getting to victory lane. I think our clients and employees are going to be in for a big treat when the No. 9 and No. 10 cars unload in Long Beach in just a few short days.”
Steve Lauletta, President of Chip Ganassi Racing, commented by saying:
NTT DATA is not only on our race cars, but they also use their technological expertise to help in numerous other aspects of the race team, so this relationship has been a great fit for both parties over the years. In addition to that, it’s always a positive when you have a current partner that sees value in the sport and wants to do more. I think that really speaks to the success of the program for their business. We had an opportunity early in the season to align their focus markets with the No. 9 car, which resulted in an expansion of their racing program. While this allows NTT DATA more opportunity with two cars in the short term– much like Target did previously in their key markets– we are still focused on locking in a full-time partner for the No. 9 car in 2017.