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Chilton Returns to Chip Ganassi Racing

The foursome will remain together at Chip Ganassi Racing for 2017, as CGR has confirmed all four drivers – Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton – will be back.

The last confirmation came on Wednesday, featuring Chilton, with the addition that international insurance brokerage and risk management services firm Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. will return as the primary partner.

“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 No. 8 Gallagher team heading into next season.”

Chilton joined Chip Ganassi Racing last February after making 35 starts in Formula One. Last season, he scored two top-10 finishes in 16 events, with a best finish of seventh at Phoenix International Raceway.

“Gallagher’s first season with our team and Max allowed us to collectively work on a program that delivered results for them in their motor racing debut,” Steve Lauletta, President for Chip Ganassi Racing. “We’re excited to help them continue the program, reach their business goals off the track and expand their brand awareness through Max and the team. Having them come back for 2017 is a great sign for building the relationship into the future.”

Based in Illinois, Gallagher operates in 33 countries while offering client-services in more than 150 countries around the world.

“We are pleased to renew our partnership with motorsports leader Chip Ganassi Racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series and to build on last year’s sponsorship momentum as we deepen awareness of our company and our brand,” Deborah M. Hecht, Vice President of Global Brand Marketing & Sponsorship for J. Gallagher and Co., said. “We look forward to a very successful and winning year for both Chip Ganassi Racing and Gallagher # 8 driver Max Chilton.”

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By Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.