Cannon joins CGR as Dixon’s race engineer

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Cannon joins CGR as Dixon’s race engineer


Cannon joins CGR as Dixon’s race engineer


Michael Cannon has joined Chip Ganassi Racing as Scott Dixon’s new race engineer. Cannon comes to the No. 9 Honda program after leading Dale Coyne Racing rookie Santino Ferrucci to an impressive debut where the young American placed 13th in the standings.

A native of Canada, Cannon worked his way up the open-wheel ladder as a mechanic and engineer in Formula Ford, Formula Atlantic, and Indy Lights before graduating to the CART IndyCar Series with the Player’s/Forsythe organization. Tours at the Minardi/HVM Champ Car outfit, Ed Carpenter Racing, KV Racing, and Andretti Autosport followed prior to his joining Coyne’s team.

Cannon replaces Chris Simmons as the five-time champion’s race engineer. It’s believed Simmons will move to a new role within CGR. Together, Dixon and Simmons won two IndyCar titles, capturing the 2015 and 2018 championships, which moved the New Zealander into second on the all-time list behind A.J. Foyt. Prior to taking over Dixon’s timing stand, Simmons won three straight championships (2009-2011) at CGR with the Kiwi’s teammate, Dario Franchitti.

Simmons’ assistant engineer Kate Gundlach has also left Dixon’s No. 9 entry, moving to Arrow McLaren SP as a performance engineer.

In addition to filling Cannon’s former role on Coyne’s second entry, the team is also interviewing replacements for Trevor Green-Smith, assistant engineer on Sebastien Bourdais’ car, who switched to Andretti Autosport.

Calls to Cannon and CGR went unreturned.