INDYCAR: NTT DATA and Tony Kanaan Return to Chip Ganassi Racing for 2016 Season

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NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing announced Tuesday that driver Tony Kanaan will return to the program and pilot the No. 10 NTT DATA Chevrolet in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion and 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner scored his first win for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) at the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in 2014.

“Our clients and employees love cheering for the No. 10 Indy car,” said John McCain, CEO of NTT DATA. “We’re excited to extend our partnership with Chip, TK and the team and look forward to continuing to carry the strong momentum from 2015 into next season.”

NTT DATA began its relationship with the team in 2013 at the Indianapolis 500 partnering on the No. 8 NTT DATA Indy car. Following the Indianapolis 500, NTT DATA maintained an associate partnership with Ganassi on the No. 83 Indy car of Charlie Kimball.

In addition, they fielded a second Prototype at the IMSA Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) with Kanaan at the helm of the No. 02 NTT DATA Prototype. NTT DATA became a primary sponsor on the No. 8 entry driven by Ryan Briscoe for the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season and then for the No. 10 entry driven by Kanaan for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season. NTT DATA is the official IT services partner to CGRT.

“It feels really great to be back with NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season,” said Kanaan. “2015 was kind of a roller coaster of a season with some really solid results throughout the year, but our top-five finish and Dixon’s Championship in Sonoma was a really positive way to go into the offseason for the whole team. I’ve worked with some great people at NTT DATA over the past few years and I’ve been able to use their strengths and assets to better myself as a driver, and being able to do that has just made our partnership that much stronger. I feel very good about the 2016 season and I want nothing more than to get NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing their first of many wins.”

CREDIT: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams

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