Former Grand Prix driver Max Chilton will race full-time in the 2016 IndyCar Series championship after securing a race seat with last year’s title-winning team, Chip Ganassi Racing.
The 24-year-old spent two seasons racing for the Marussia F1 Team from 2013-2014, having previously been a race-winner with the Carlin GP2 Series team in 2012.
Following the Marussia team being placed into administration towards the end of 2014 in the wake of the ultimately fatal accident suffered by teammate Jules Bianchi at the Japanese Grand Prix, Chilton headed Stateside and reunited with the Carlin team, which was making its debut in the Indy Lights championship, the feeder series to the IndyCar Series. He performed well in his rookie campaign to finish fifth overall, claiming his pole position and win at the Iowa Speedway on the same weekend that Bianchi succumbed to his crash injuries.
Chilton now steps up to the top tier category and will pilot Chip Ganassi’s #8 Chevrolet-powered Dallara DW12 chassis, which was shared by Sage Karam and Sebastián Saavedra in 2015. His teammates will be reigning series champion Scott Dixon, as well as veteran Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball.
“Max is a talented young driver who has driven a number of different disciplines already in a short time,” team owner Chip Ganassi said.
“He brings a good deal of experience to our IndyCar line-up and we’re looking forward to him being part of our four-car team in 2016 and making a big contribution.”
“This organisation is built on winning and their 11 IndyCar championships back that up. Chip is the kind of team owner that every driver dreams of working for in their career,” Chilton added.
“He’s accomplished so much in so many different categories over the years, and I can’t wait to start driving for him.”
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