At least two of the three and possibly four Chip Ganassi Racing driver/engineer combinations will be different in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Per both IndyCar.com and RACER.com, Scott Dixon’s longtime engineer Eric Bretzman will move onto the CGR NASCAR program, and Chris Simmons will move over from the No. 10 car to engineer Dixon’s No. 9 Target Chevrolet. Simmons, a former driver before his engineering career began, has most recently worked with Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan.
Kanaan will now have Todd Malloy, formerly of Bryan Herta Autosport, on his No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet. Malloy’s recent drivers worked with include Jack Hawksworth, Alex Tagliani and Dan Wheldon, and he’s considered one of the more underrated engineers in the paddock.
Brad Goldberg will stick with Charlie Kimball for the 2015 season. Sage Karam, who is yet to be officially confirmed, would seem set to inherit Kanaan’s longtime engineer Eric Cowdin for the fourth car.
All comments all offseason have pegged CGR as still running four cars, but Karam made no secret of the fact that at the Rolex 24 at Daytona he was still hoping to impress in an audition for a full-time ride.