Tony Kanaan is back at Chip Ganassi Racing for 2021 and 2022.
The Brazilian driver will run in car #48 at the four oval races of 2021.
Car #48 will primarily be run by Jimmie Johnson, but since he is skipping the ovals, the team has made a deal with Kanaan.
Kanaan raced for CGR from 2014 until 2017, where he was teammate with Scott Dixon. He wasn’t any match for Dixon, so the team decided to let him go, and replace him with Ed Jones, before signing Felix Rosenqvist for car #10 in 2019 and 2020.
Kanaan went on to race for A. J. Foyt Enterprises, where he ran ovals-only in 2020 in car #14.
Tony Kanaan is the driver through the Indycar history, who has the most consecutive starts in a row – 318 – before going on his part-retirement at the end of 2019. He has raced in a total of 383 races, split between the Indycar and CART series.
Chip Ganassi Racing has also announced a contract extension with NTT Data, with a new, multiyear contract extention. NTT Data will be main sponsor on car #10 with Alex Palou throughout the whole 2021 season, and some guest appearances on car #48, plus small sponsor logos on car #8 and #9.
The four oval races in 2021 will be two races at Texas Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500 and World Wide Technology Raceway (Gateway).