Chip Ganassi Racing confirmed Friday in Houston that Tony Kanaan will drive for the team in the 2014 IndyCar Series. The widely anticipated announcement was followed shortly thereafter by an announcement that the team will switch from Honda to Chevrolet engines.
Kanaan will join Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball to comprise a four-car lineup for 2014. The Brazilian’s car will carry primary sponsorship from NTT Data.
“I couldn’t be happier to join this organization,” said Kanaan. “They are the gold standard that all IndyCar teams measure themselves against. Chip has created a fantastic organization that judges success by just one thing winning, both races and championships. I can’t wait for next year to get here. This is a very big day for me.”
The Chevy announcement was the bigger surprise, after Kanaan’s move had been reported last week.
“This decision makes a lot of sense for us for a number of reasons,” said team owner Chip Ganassi. “We feel Chevrolet has done a great job in their return to the IndyCar Series and because of our existing relationship with them in NASCAR. There are a lot of synergies that we will be able to realize in working with the same manufacturer across the two series. We are thrilled.”
Chevrolet and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has been partners in stock car racing since 2009.
“Chip’s teams have been a dominant force in open wheel racing for a long time, and we are looking forward to working together in IndyCar,” said Jim Campbell, Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports for Chevrolet. “In addition, it will be great to be partnered with Chip and his organization in both open-wheel and stock car racing.”