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Chilton stays with Chip Ganassi for IndyCar 2017

Max Chilton has been retained by Chip Ganassi Racing for a second consecutive IndyCar season after a solid rookie campaign.
Max Chilton has been retained by Chip Ganassi Racing for a second consecutive IndyCar season after a solid rookie campaign in the US.

The former F1 driver graduated from Indy Lights to IndyCar in 2016 and ended the year 19th overall in the drivers' championship with two top 10 finishes to his name.

Accepting the 'learning curve is very steep' in the US series, Chilton is aiming to build upon a first year of experience to move up the grid in 2017 and is delighted to retain the backing of Chip Ganassi Racing for next year.

“I think we were able to build a solid foundation in my rookie year in the Verizon IndyCar Series with the support of Gallagher and the team,” Chilton said. “The learning curve is very steep here, and the field is separated by just a few seconds from top to bottom with really talented teams and drivers, which makes the competition incredibly close.

“Having a year of experience now to adapt to the car and learn all of the courses on the schedule is huge for us.

"Chip and Gallagher give us everything we need to be competitive and go out to contend for wins, so I'm optimistic for the direction of the number 8 Gallagher team heading into next season.”

Chilton ended 2016 third in the rookies' category behind fellow ex-Manor-Marussia F1 driver Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly. The British driver completes Chip Ganassi Racing's 2017 driver line-up alongside Charlie Kimball, Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon.
by Haydn Cobb



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RDix

December 08, 2016 3:07 PM

The guy he replaced (Sage Karam) had multiple podiums and led races as a rookie and was dumped for Max. Must be nice to have family money to fund your "dream" regardless of your talent level.



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