HOUSTON – Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan will leave KV Racing Technology at the end of the 2013 season to join Chip Ganassi Racing.
The move was announced Friday during a press conference ahead of the doubleheader weekend in Houston, Texas. Kanaan will carry sponsorship from NTT Data aboard his Chip Ganassi Racing Teams entry.
“I couldn’t be happier to join this organization. They are the gold standard that all IndyCar teams measure themselves against,” said Kanaan, who will be a teammate to Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball next year. “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.”
“It is not all the time that you can find yourself as an owner with drivers that represent seven championships, five Indianapolis 500 victories and over 75 wins,” Ganassi said. “That feels pretty good. I think TK will add a lot to this organization, not only from his talent behind the wheel but also from his leadership skills off the track. I am very exciting to add TK to an already talented group of drivers. We couldn’t ask for a better partner than NTT DATA and we’re thrilled to extend our relationship.”
The addition of Kanaan wasn’t the only big news team owner Chip Ganassi had to announce. The veteran team owner also revealed he would switch his entire IndyCar operation from Honda to Chevrolet power beginning next season.
“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.”
Chevrolet and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates have been partners in stock-car racing since 2009.
“This decision makes a lot of sense for us for a number of reasons,” said Chip Ganassi, Owner of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams. “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.”