Ganassi on Chevy engine switch in 2014

Ganassi on Chevy engine switch in 2014


Ganassi on Chevy engine switch in 2014


Chip Ganassi Racing confirmed Friday in Houston that it will switch from Honda to Chevrolet engines for the 2014 IndyCar season. The decision means that both its IndyCar and NASCAR programs will be aligned with the same engine manufacturer.

Ganassi served as Honda’s flagship team during the last two years of manufacturer competition, and team owner Chip Ganassi said that the surprise switch came about in a hurry.

“This kind of happened pretty quick,” he said. “They’ve shown they have a great product, and we want to be a part of it.

“We want the opportunity to be part of a winning effort. We’ve had some great years with Honda, and the opportunity came up to be with Chevrolet, and they really showed a sincere effort in us wanting to be part of their program.”

The two manufacturers go into this weekend’s Houston double-header tied on wins in 2013 (eight) and in the manufacturers’ points.

Dario Franchitti won last year’s Indy 500 with Honda power, however Chevrolet claimed the 2012 manufacturers’ title and also secured this year’s Indy win courtesy of Tony Kanaan, who will join Ganassi in a fourth car next season.