Ganassi retains Honda power
|By Matt Beer||Friday, May 27th 2011, 15:44 GMT|
Ganassi has announced that it will stick with Honda power for its IndyCar teams when engine competition returns to the series in 2012.
Honda has been the championship's sole engine supplier since 2006, but will face rivalry from Chevrolet and Lotus when the series' new rules package comes into force next year.
While Penske has already committed to Chevrolet, its arch-rival Ganassi will continue its relationship with Honda.
The team used Honda engines in Champ Car from 1996 to 1999, when it won four straight drivers' titles with Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi and Juan Pablo Montoya. Ganassi then switched to Toyota for a spell, before rejoining the Honda fold in IndyCar from 2006.
"We are thrilled to be able to announce this deal," said team owner Chip Ganassi. "We have had a lot of success over the years with Honda as a partner and we felt strongly that keeping that continuity was important. We look for continued success with such a integral partner."
Ganassi currently fields four cars in IndyCar for reigning champion Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball.