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Ganassi signs former F1 driver for IndyCar season

February 1, 2016

Former Formula One driver Max Chilton will drive the full IndyCar Series season for Indianapolis-based Chip Ganassi Racing.

Team owner Chip Ganassi made the announcement Monday, saying Chilton will pilot the No. 8 Chevrolet in 2016. Sage Karam and Sebastian Saavedra drove that car last year.

The addition of Chilton means Ganassi will maintain a four-car lineup that includes defending series champion Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball.

Chilton made 35 starts in F1 between 2013 and 2014, with a best finish of 12th, and drove a partial season in Indy Lights in 2015. He notched one win, six top-three finishes and 10 top-five results in the IndyCar feeder series.

Ganassi says the 24-year-old driver "brings a good deal of experience" to the team's lineup.

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