Kanaan to join Ganassi for IndyCar 2014
5 October 2013 – Tony Kanaan will make the switch from KV Racing to Ganassi for the 2014 season, joining the already confirmed Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball.
The 38-year-old Brazilian, who claimed his maiden Indianapolis 500 victory earlier this season, leaves the KV Racing squad after three terms onboard. His move to Ganassi means the four-strong line-up will have a combined total of 80 race wins.
"I couldn't be happier to join this organisation," said Kanaan. "It's definitely a good day. We've been trying to put this thing together for a long time. Coming back to be with Dario again and Dixon and Charlie will be a blast. I've been with a four-car team organization in the past, and it was extremely successful. I'm looking forward to the future, and it's great news for IndyCar. We'll have a hell of a battle next year."
"It is not all the time that you can find yourself as an owner with drivers that represent seven championships, five Indianapolis 500 victories and over 75 wins," team boss Chip Ganassi added of the agreement. "I think Tony will add a lot to this organisation, not only from his talent behind the wheel but also from his leadership skills off the track. Tony is the type of driver we like to have behind the wheel. He digs in."
It has also been confirmed that Ganassi will be powered by Chevrolet engine units from 2014, having held a supply contract with Honda since the 2006 campaign.