IndyCar 2018: Ganassi reduces from four to two cars
Chip Ganassi’s IndyCar winning team will be significantly streamlined for the 2018 season.Instead of the last four drivers, you only use (again) two drivers.
Since 2011, the Chip Ganassi team has been competing in the IndyCar series as a four-car team.However, the 2017 season, which ended last weekend, was the last one based on this principle for the time being.For the 2018 IndyCar season, the eleven-time champions’ team is upgrading from four to two cars.
“This decision is based on the fact that we consider it important to bring back 2 teams that are suspicious of the title,” explains team owner Chip Ganassi.The decision was not an easy one, but we feel that it is the best decision in terms of our business activities,”says Ganassi, who announces:” We will fight for our twelfth IndyCar title in 2018.
Scott Dixon, who won the IndyCar title with Ganassi in 2003,2008,2013 and 2015, remains on board.The New Zealander will also drive the #9 Ganassi Honda in 2018.Dixon’s teammate hasn’t been confirmed yet.Tony Kanaan won’t be.The Brazilian is on the jump.The most likely new team is A. J.Foyt Racing, where Canaan would replace the Colombian Carlos Munoz.
One of the hottest candidates for Kanaan’s successor in the #10 Ganassi Honda is Brendon Hartley.The Porsche works driver is looking for a new cockpit due to the announced withdrawal of his employer from the LMP1 class of the long-distance World Championship (WEC).Hartley has already indicated great interest in the IndyCar series.
However, Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton also have to look for new cockpits.They have been part of Ganassi’s four-car team in the IndyCar series since 2011 and 2016 respectively, but are now on the road due to the reduction to two cars.In the years 1996,1997,1998,1999 as well as 2003,2008,2009 and 2010 Chip Ganassi Racing won the title in the CART and IndyCar series respectively as a two-car team.Thus, eight of the eleven titles were won in such a constellation.