Tony Kanaan to Return to Chip Ganassi Racing in 2017

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Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Tony Kanaan will drive for Chip Ganassi Racing for the fourth consecutive season after agreeing to return to the team in 2017.

Kanaan, 41, has raced in the IndyCar series for 15 seasons, 14 of which full-time, dating back to 2002. He was the series champion in 2004 and won the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race back in 2013. He has won a total of 16 races in his 15 seasons in IndyCar, with his most recent win coming in the 2014 season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California (see featured image).

In his three seasons with Chip Ganassi Racing, Kanaan has finished in 7th, 8th, and 7th place in the championship standings in the 2014, 2015, and 2016 seasons, respectively. His highest result in the Indianapolis 500 with the team was a 4th place finish this past May. His lone win in 50 races with the team is his win at Fontana.

Kanaan also drove in the CART World Series from 1998 to 2002, making a total of 93 starts and winning one race at Michigan International Speedway, in Brooklyn, Michigan. His highest result in the CART championship standings was 9th place, which is where he finished in the 1998 and 2001 seasons.

Chip Ganassi Racing, which will run Honda-powered cars in 2017 instead of Chevrolet-powered cars for the first time since 2013, will likely consist of the same lineup it had in the 2016 season in the 2017 season. Scott Dixon is a near certainty to return to the team for his 15th consecutive season, as are Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton, who will continue fund their own rides.

-Asher Fair