By Adam Tate, Managing Editor
IndyCar stalwart Chip Ganassi Racing has just signed former Marussia Formula One driver Max Chilton for the 2016 IndyCar season. The move effectively replaces Sage Karam and once again brings Ganassi up to four cars.
Chilton will drive the No. 8 Chevrolet alongside Ganassi’s strong line up of current champion and long time team leader Scott Dixon, veteran Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball.
Chilton who in addition to his two season for F1 backmarker Marussia has also contested GP2, Le Mans and most recently Indy Lights, where he drove last season for Trevor Carlin’s outfit in the British stalwart’s debut in North American open wheel racing.
Chilton will be the first British driver to join IndyCar in over a decade and Chip hopes the 24 year old’s diverse experience will help bring him up to speed with IndyCar’s best, “Max is a talented young driver who has driven a number of different disciplines already in a short time. He brings a good deal of experience to our Indy car lineup and we’re looking forward to him being part of our four-car team in 2016 and making a big contribution.”
For his part Chilton is delighted with the deal and eager to impress, “I couldn’t be happier to join Chip Ganassi Racing’s Verizon IndyCar Series program. This organization is built on winning and their 11 INDYCAR Championships back that up. Chip is the kind of team owner that every driver dreams of working for in their career. He’s accomplished so much in so many different categories over the years, and I can’t wait to start driving for him.”