Chip Ganassi Racing have become the latest team to confirm an entry into the Extreme E series.
The American powerhouse team, who have won 12 IndyCar titles, six Daytona 24 Hours, four Indy 500s, one Daytona 500 and a class win at Le Mans, join the likes of Andretti Autosport, Venturi, HWA and Abt on the list of teams who are confirmed to be taking part in the series.
Following on from Andretti Autosport’s entry, it means that two of America’s racing giants have now been confirmed for the off-road SUV series. CGR also become the first time with no prior involvement in Formula E to join the series.
Chip Ganassi was relishing the challenge of competing in a series unlike any which his team had competed in, saying: “Extreme E is a very different proposition to anything we have done before, but it’s where I think motor racing is headed in the future.
“When I started our team in 1990, one of the founding principles I built it on was innovation.
“I’ve always been passionate about pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and Extreme E checks that box for us in a big way.
“Extreme E represents an opportunity to change that balance in auto racing by using the latest technology to attract a new, younger audience to this great sport of ours.
“Everything about it is cool, from the car to the race format and the in-built technology.
“We’re thrilled to join the championship and are excited to play a part in developing the future of our sport.”
Alejandro Agag was also looking forward to seeing Ganassi’s team competing and said: “It’s fantastic to be able to confirm Chip Ganassi Racing’s participation in Extreme E, marking this hugely successful team’s progression into electric racing.
“CGR boasts a tremendous heritage and pedigree in motorsport, achieving consistent success over three decades in some of the toughest single-seater and sportscar series’ around.
“Of course, our championship poses a very different kind of challenge, but the team has proven itself to be a winner in every discipline it has contested and clearly possesses the skillset to similarly excel in Extreme E.
“As a leader, Chip Ganassi has never been afraid to innovate and adapt – indeed, he has won awards for his visionary, future-thinking approach – and that is entirely in keeping with the ethos behind our ambitious and groundbreaking new series, which he was very quick to embrace.
“I am confident that his team will add great value to Extreme E in our drive to propagate the environmental message and engineer long-lasting change through first-class sporting entertainment.”
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