Chip Ganassi Racing have announced that PNC Bank will serve as the primary sponsor for four time Verizon IndyCar Series champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon’s No.9 Honda.

Starting with the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg next month, the No.9 Honda will appear in the colours of PNC Bank with the team being renamed PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing.

PNC Bank will become the permanent replacement for Target who left Chip Ganassi Racing’s Verizon IndyCar Series programme at the end of the 2016 season.

Speaking about the new deal, team owner Chip Ganassi commented by saying:

As a Pittsburgh native, PNC was a trusted brand I grew up with. I opened up my first account as a teenager and that relationship later expanded to include my business financing. “Our racing team has enjoyed a formal relationship with PNC since 2013 where we have created opportunities to introduce our love of the sport of racing to PNC and their clients. Today’s announcement allows us to expand the fan experience at race tracks across the U.S. and take our two winning brands to a global viewing audience.

The announcement sees PNC Bank expand their existing partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing and speaking following the news, PNC chairman, president and chief executive officer William S Damchak commented on the news by saying:

Expanding our association with Chip Ganassi Racing and champion driver Scott Dixon brings together two organizations specializing in innovation, determination and a commitment to excellence. “As we debut the No. 9 PNC Bank Indy car this season, the global brand visibility and the unique race track experiences we can offer clients around the country will bring new opportunities for us in an industry that attracts an estimated 54 million fans.

The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series gets underway with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in just over a months time from March 9-11.

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