INDIANAPOLIS – These last few weeks have been huge for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series silly season rumors. First, Andretti Autosport and Bryan Herta Autosport decided to stay as a joint team for the 2017 season. Then, they announced that Alexander Rossi would be their driver again in the No. 98 Honda next year.
From there, Team Penske announced that Josef Newgarden would drive their No. 2 Chevrolet for 2017 as well. Now, another mammoth rumor was confirmed – Chip Ganassi Racing is switching back to Honda beginning with the 2017 season.
Ganassi, originally started off with Honda when Chevrolet joined the series in 2012, but they switched to Chevy power in 2014. Despite having a ton of success with Chevy over the last three seasons, and Chevy being the clear leader between the two engine manufacturers, Ganassi has switched back to Honda in a “multi-year” agreement.
“We’ve had a long and successful relationship with Honda over the years and we look forward to getting it back on track,” team owner Chip Ganassi said. “I feel a little like I am going home after having previously spent 12 years with them. Much of our organization’s success has been with Honda power in our cars so we are all very excited.”
Art St. Cyr, President, Honda Performance Development, declared: “The Honda-Ganassi association is one of the most successful in the history of Honda’s North American racing programs.
“The Ganassi organization was one of our partners when Honda won its first Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) Manufacturers’ Championship in 1996; and a Ganassi driver, Jimmy Vasser, won our first CART drivers’ title that same year.
“The Honda-Ganassi partnership has produced 77 race victories and multiple series championships in both CART and IndyCar, including all three of Dario Franchitti’s Indianapolis 500 wins and Scott Dixon’s championship season in 2013.
“We welcome the return of our partnership, and look forward to returning to Victory Circle together in 2017.”