IndyCar 2015 team preview: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams

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Next up on our list of teams to hit for the Verizon IndyCar Series preview is Chip Ganassi Racing. The team continues with four cars for St. Petersburg, with rookie Sage Karam joining the veteran trio of Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball.

Team: Chip Ganassi Racing
Engine/aero kits: Chevrolet
Sponsors: GE LED (No. 8), Target (No. 9), NTT Data (No. 10), Novo Nordisk (No. 83)

2014 STATS

Races: 18
Wins: 3 (Dixon 2, Kanaan 1)
Podiums: 11 (Kanaan 6, Dixon 4, Kimball 1)
Pole Positions: 1 (Dixon)
Fastest Laps: 5 (Dixon 3, Kanaan 1, Briscoe 1)
Points: 2011 (Dixon 604, Kanaan 544, Briscoe 461, Kimball 402)
Laps Led: 509 (Kanaan 407, Dixon 97, Briscoe 5)
Championship Position: 3rd (Dixon), 7th (Kanaan), 11th (Briscoe), 14th (Kimball)

2015 LINEUP (Engineer in parentheses)

8 Sage Karam (Eric Cowdin)
9 Scott Dixon (Chris Simmons)
10 Tony Kanaan (Todd Malloy)
83 Charlie Kimball (Brad Goldberg)

2014 RECAP (Dixon, Kanaan, Briscoe, Kimball driver recaps)

There was plenty of change for Ganassi at the start of the season, with Dario Franchitti medically forced into retirement and Tony Kanaan, originally signed to the team’s fourth car, moving over to replace his good friend in the No. 10 with Ryan Briscoe back in the fold as well. The team also switched from Honda to Chevrolet engines and the meshing of parts took a bit longer than anticipated. By the second half, the team was back to firing on all cylinders; Dixon was great as always and Kanaan had one of his better seasons in years.

2015 OUTLOOK

Last year it was the drivers and engines that were changing. This year, it’s engineers and aero kits. Ganassi’s run of success in North American open-wheel racing began nearly 20 years ago in 1996, when the team discovered “the package” of a Reynard chassis, Honda engine and Firestone tires. Nineteen years later, CGR will be hoping the Chevrolet aero kit and engine will have the edge. Dixon’s longtime engineer Eric Bretzman shifts to the team’s NASCAR program and he’ll have Chris Simmons to work with; Kanaan and Todd Malloy should be a good pairing, particularly at Indianapolis; Kimball will look to recapture his 2013 form and Karam is the wild card as the rookie, very high on potential. Get used to TK in blue NTT Data colors too, while Karam’s No. 8 for St. Pete will have GE LED colors and Kanaan’s longtime engineer in Eric Cowdin.

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”