Chip Ganassi Racing’s technical director Julian Robertson on the team’s Verizon IndyCar Series and sports car programmes is expanding his role and responsibilities in 2017 with the news that he will be Max Chilton’s race strategist on the No.8 Gallagher Honda team.
Starting with next weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Robertson will be on the Ganassi pit stand calling the race for Chilton.
Speaking about his new role, Robertson told IndyCar.com:
t’s been relatively straightforward so far. “The first race weekend is probably going to be a lot more interesting.
Robertson joined Chilton and the rest of the Chip Ganassi Racing team’s at Sebring International Raceway on Tuesday for the final test ahead of the start of the new season.
Speaking about the addition of Robertson to his team, Max Chilton who enters his second season as a full-time Verizon IndyCar Series driver commented by saying:
Julian is probably one of the most experienced people in the paddock. “He’s also English, like myself, so there’s that sort of connection, straight away. I got to know Julian pretty well last year. He’s one of those friendly, bubbly, extremely knowledgeable characters. You ask him a question, and I guarantee he’ll have an answer for it. That’s someone you want on your timing stand. In the heat of the moment, experience pays.
Chip Ganassi Racing Managing Director Mike Hull stated:
On race days, we need quality people making big-time decisions from the timing stand. “We had an opportunity on Max’s timing stand to do that with Julian. I think it’s the right move and especially the right move for Max. He’s ready to have that experience of being guided through an entire race season. He can now keep his head above water. He doesn’t need a life vest anymore.
Robertson joined Chip Ganassi Racing in 1993 and called the shots for Jimmy Vasser in 1996 when the American won the CART championship and has been a part of Chip Ganassi Racing’s set up for all 11 of the teams Verizon IndyCar Series championship wins.
Speaking about Max Chilton, Robertson stated:
Last year the tracks were all pretty much new to him. “The racing was totally new to him. Coming to INDYCAR from Formula One is a big change. Now, I think we’ve got a pretty strong opportunity to build on that. He’s fully up to speed and familiar with the tracks and has worked with the crew a lot more. There’s more continuity with the crew, which is always a good thing.
Chip Ganassi Racing are one of just three teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series this season to field an unchanged line-up which will prove beneficial to the outfit who return to Honda this year.