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Ganassi To Reduce Team To Two Full-Time Entrants In 2018

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Despite the increase of four-car operations in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Chip Ganassi has elected to go against the grain for 2018.

In a move to increase the focus for his entire team, the multi-time championship-winning entrant in both CART and IndyCar has chosen to reduce his full-time operation to only two entries for next season.

“This decision was based on the fact that we felt we needed to get back to our core business of running two championship-caliber teams,” said Ganassi in a written statement. “(It) was not taken lightly, but we felt it was best for our business.”

The reduction is believed to see the drop in CGR’s workforce by about forty, with those employees likely headed to other teams in IndyCar or to other forms of racing in which Ganassi participates. In addition to IndyCar, Ganassi fields entries in NASCAR, IMSA sports cars, and the Global RallyCross Championship.

The two-car team will once again feature four-time series champion Scott Dixon in the No. 9 Honda, while the identity of the pilot of the No. 10 machine has yet to be confirmed. FIA World Endurance Championship competitor Brendon Hartley and former Formula One regular Esteban Gutierrez are believed to be in the running for the second ride.

As for the team’s two eliminated cars, drivers Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball are expected to take their driving talents to a new entity created by Trevor Carlin and Zak Brown. It is unknown whether Ganassi will enter additional cars for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 at this point.

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Matt Embury

An auto racing writer for over five years, Matt Embury's interest in auto racing was influenced from his father's side of the family. His first recollection of live racing attendance was in the early 1990s watching winged sprint car action at Butler Motor Speedway in Michigan with his uncle and dad.

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