INDIANAPOLIS (December 10, 2014) – NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing announced today that driver Tony Kanaan will pilot the No. 10 NTT DATA Chevrolet in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series. The 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion and 2013 Indianapolis 500 Winner scored his first win for the team at the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in 2014, and will continue the legacy of the No. 10 car which boasts 20 wins from Kanaan, Dario Franchitti (13) and Dan Wheldon (6) dating back to 2006.
John McCain, President and CEO, NTT DATA: “It was great to see the entire Ganassi team working together in 2014, building to a strong finish to the season. After working alongside him this past year and seeing first hand his energy and expertise, we’re excited to have Tony behind the wheel for NTT DATA in 2015 and what we hope will be the next winning chapter in the rich history of the No. 10 car.”
Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc.: “I am pleased to have NTT DATA partner with TK on the No. 10 car. We had planned to have NTT DATA and TK partnered together last season but with Dario’s injury we had to move things around a little bit. NTT DATA has been a great partner for the last couple of years and we are looking forward to much success and a long partnership with them. Also, I think TK had a far better year than the numbers would indicate and his win in Fontana gives him and the team great momentum as we head into 2015.”
Tony Kanaan, Driver, NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing: “I can’t wait to begin working with everyone at NTT DATA. I know and have worked with them before so this will be great. As for the team, we really started to come together at the end of last season and although we ended on a high note with the win in Fontana, I think we had a legitimate chance to win a few more times. We have a year under our belt working together now and I expect to be contending more consistently in 2015.”
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Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Overall his teams have 17 championships and over 160 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, five Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.