Kanaan completes first test for Ganassi

Tony Kanaan got his first taste of driving for Chip Ganassi Racing in the #8 NTT Data car at a test at Sebring International Raceway on Wednesday.

Joining Kanaan on track was 2013 IndyCar Champion Scott Dixon, Mid-Ohio winner Charlie Kimball and Alex Tagliani who took laps in the #10 car recently vacated by the retiring Dario Franchitti.

It was also the first test for Chip Ganassi Racing in a Chevrolet as the camp switches from Honda for the 2014 season. With Kanaan’s previous experience in driving a Chevrolet, Mike Hull, Chip Ganassi Racing managing director finds his experience to be beneficial as the team moves forward.

In a way, it’s a good thing that Tony’s already driven a Chevrolet car because he doesn’t need to concentrate on the differences between that and a Honda product. He can just concentrate on what we do as a team with the chassis.

As far as Kanaan goes, it was just a matter of getting assimilated to the Ganassi camp, but it excited about his new opportunity with the team.

“I try to (bring a fresh perspective). It’s a team that, they’ve been together for a long time and they’ve been very successful, so I’m actually trying to listen more than I’m talking. I have some things that I think I can add to it, and I’m doing whatever I can to send the message across. Obviously, Eric (Cowdin, Kanaan’s engineer) and I, we’ve known each other for a long time. Chris Simmons was my second engineer at Andretti, with Eric, so it’s all familiar faces. If I can bring something extra, to improve what they have already, it’s great. So that’s what I’m trying to do. Still getting used to everything, it’s my first day on the job so it’s still a little weird.”

Hull also offered his optimistic words on the new partnership with Chevrolet.

It’s not so much a comparison about where we’ve been, it’s about how we’re going to work moving forward with our new partner. That’s really the key for us, and what that is creating and opening up the communication streams that we had between our four drivers and our team itself in combination with the team of people at Chevrolet.


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